Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Liminality: A Mixed Reality Exhibition of Second Life Art

Liminality: A Mixed Reality Exhibition of Second Life Art
Curated by Patrick Lichty

Liminality describes the nature of being “in-between”; neither here nor there – or perhaps here and there. This exhibition explores the nature of liminality though examining work from the virtual world, Second Life, and its dialogues with issues of physicality via an exhibition at Antena Gallery, Chicago and on I Am Columbia Island in Second Life. The show will include objects, mixed reality performance, video, print and virtual installation in either physical, virtual or mixed-reality forms. What is the nature of art when it emerges in virtual worlds, and what happens when it attempts to emerge into physicality, and vice versa? What is the nature of presence in virtual art? How does it make us feel? This is the aim of this exhibition.
Gazira Babeli
Scott Kildall
Patrick Lichty/Cao Fei
Janell Baxter

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Also this month's Project Wall Space: "Unconditional Love" by Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge

Jessica Westbrook is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working with photography, graphics, animation, interactivity, video, sound, and installation. Her modular projects explore desire, visual cues, cultural artifacts, and contradictory sensations that vacillate between great fortune and impending catastrophe. Currently Westbrook is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she co-developed a new photography and video program in 2008, and holds a dual role teaching in both the Photo/Media Art and Graphic/Interactive Design concentrations. Westbrook has exhibited her projects nationally and internationally, including recent and upcoming exhibitions at Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media (Boston), The Grey Market (NYC), the Lab (San Francisco), and the Experimental Media Series at the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian (DC). Her photography is represented by GalleryELL, Brooklyn, NY. Westbrook received her MFA in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia in 1998. 

Adam Trowbridge makes work exploring the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. Using new media and popular culture in a practice at the intersection of linguistics and sensational aesthetics, he invents incidents and simulations that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. While his practice involves a range of tactics, including responsive sculpture, installation, single-channel video, text, theater, performance and conceptual work, it is grounded in a cinematic approach and the techniques of postproduction: remixing, cutting and pasting, splicing, cut-ups, and fold-ins. Interactivity, simulation, responsive sculpture and autonomous agents offer ways of introducing structured chaos that unfolds even after works are installed. Trowbridge recently presented “Limited Set: Generative Intersections of Theater and Artificial Life” as part of the CAA New Media Caucus panels in Chicago 2010, had his work published by “Publishing Genius,” and has been selected for inclusion in the Java Museum. Trowbridge received his MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2009.

Trowbridge and Westbrook work together and in collaboration with other artists and groups. In 2005 they established the artist collective SEED and began curating exhibitions and video events. In 2007 they began working with TEH, an artist group making work involving simulation and immersive technologies in site sensitive installation. In 2009 they began working with Basekamp (Philadelphia), collaboratively developing college level curriculum as an extension of the year long Plausible Art Worlds program.

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