The gallery@calit2 launches Body Practices, an exhibition that explores notions of virtual and physical presence. The exhibition is curated by Trish Stone and it features works by artists Ursula Damm, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Desirée Holman, Tara Knight, Alex McLean, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Victoria Vesna.
This fall, gallery@calit2 explores notions of virtual and physical presence through the exhibition Body Practices. To curate the show, Trish Stone worked with members of the gallery committee to select artists and artworks for the exhibition. Body Practices as a theme resonates in different ways across the disciplines of art, music, theater, media, and design. It includes both live performance and remote broadcasting. Bodies are understood as able to be copied, downloaded, projected onto and manipulated. They move through space both real and virtual. Bodies change with time and are encoded with multiple layers of identity.
Ursula Damm uses generative video algorithms and body sensors in her videos Transit and I am a Sensor. Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab present the Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT) - EDT 2.0. TBT repurposes used mobile phones with software which aspires to guide tired and dehydrated citizens to water safety sites along the border. Desirée Holman explores space, aliens, and astrology in her Sophont series, from which two paintings can be seen in the gallery: Aura, Buckminster Fuller, and Aura, Annie Besant. On view from Tara Knight is Mikumentary, a series of short films about the Hatsune Miku phenomenon. Alex McLean provides videos of Live Coding, the use of programming languages in improvised musical performance. Bryce Clayton Newell presents The Tinaja Trail and the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a documentary film about the social issues surrounding the TBT. Victoria Vesna displays prints from Bodies INCorporated, an online site established 20 years ago, where members could participate in an institutionalized bureaucracy of virtual identity construction.
Artists include: Ursula Damm, Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Desiree Holman, Tara Knight, Alex McLean, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Victoria Vesna. The opening-night panel discussion will feature Ricardo Dominguez and Brett Stalbaum of the Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, Ursula Damm, as well as UC San Diego professor Katharina Rosenberger and curator Trish Stone.
Note: Cover art used with permission by Victoria Vesna
Exhibition: Gallery hours will be 11am-5pm Monday through Friday. The gallery will be closed over the UCSD holiday break December 22, 2014-January 2, 2015.
Opening Night: The opening event Wednesday, November 5, 2014, is free and open to the public. A panel will be held in the Calit2 Auditorium 5pm-6pm, followed by a reception.
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