There is always a machine between us…
Sept. 6–Nov. 17, 2007
Curated by Kate Fowle, Karla Milosevich, Chuck Mobley & Danny Orendorff
SF Camerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
Supported by The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and Alexander Lloyd.
SFCamerawork Gallery becomes a global gathering place, a research lab, and an ongoing experiment in visual communication with this interactive exhibit of work sourced from and inspired by the Internet. This generative exhibition provides access to an evolving global line-up of artists, filmmakers, writers, curators, and other cultural producers by transforming the gallery into an interactive, socially-engaged space. Experimenting with expanded notions of how the traditional institutional ‘machine’ functions, the gallery is posited as a connective tissue between audience, artists, and ideas.
In one gallery, visitors experience an evolving line up of artists’ projects that change every two weeks, as well as an installation by collaborators Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse entitled Flat Land that will be on view for the duration of the show. In the ‘Interact’ gallery, visitors are encouraged to browse, chat and participate in a virtual art happening that extends beyond the walls and around the world via SFCamerawork’s interactive YouTube channel featuring artist-uploaded content. Visitors can sit down in the ‘Research’ room to watch an ever-changing program of artist-created online videos, interviews, performances, studio tours and more. Cultural producers from around the world are scheduled to appear in real time in our ‘Chat’ gallery, in which visitors can also browse a visual library of material found on the web that informs the work of participating artists. Organized by curators Kate Fowle, Karla Milosevich, Chuck Mobley, and Danny Orendorff, the show is designed to generate new material as it evolves. SF Camerawork continually posted notices of artist projects and chats taking place in the gallery and on its website at www.sfcamerawork.org.
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Featured Artists: Ursula Biemann, Matthew Hughes Boyko, Jeanne C. Finley & John Muse, Sam Lopes, Mary Magsamen & Stephen Hillerbrand, Lars Laumann, Jenny Vogel, and Matt Wolf.
Exhibition essay published in Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts (Spring/Summer 2008, Vol. 35, No. 1).
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