Speculative Cultures Exhibit Opens February 7, 6-8pm
FEBRUARY 07, 2019 – APRIL 14, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, February 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Curated by Tina Sauerlaender (DE), Peggy Schoenegge (DE), and Erandy Vergara (MX/CA)
Cultures have never existed in a set state. They are all in constant flux brought about by social, economic, and technological developments. The global flow of people forges change, adaptation of norms and the creation of new forms for human societies, religions, rituals, or spoken languages. These processes of change lead to the adoption of new tools or practices and therefore can be considered as engine for progress, growth, and innovation.
The artists in this exhibition engage with their personal experiences, memories, and cultural heritage in order to reflect on today’s social coexistence. Morehshin Allahyari (IR/US) reflects on post-colonialism by exploring meanings of myths of Middle-Eastern origin. Scott Benesiinaabandan (CA) creates a futuristic setting based on a story of the indigenous Anishinabe peoples. Matias Brunacci (AR/DE) develops an interactive, technology-based shamanistic journey. Yu Hong(CN) refers back to Chinese history and her families’ life stories. Francois Knoetze (ZA) combines present and future, as well as representations and fictional visions of South Africa. Erin Ko (US) andJamie Martinez (CO/US) create a journey to the afterlife inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
This show is part of the exhibition series Critical Approaches in Virtual Reality Art, which was developed by Erandy Vergara and Tina Sauerlaender at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut and Studio XX in Montréal. This series brings together Erandy Vergara’s engagement with postcolonial and feminist perspectives on media art and theory and Tina Sauerlaender’s curatorial engagement with digital technologies and Virtual Reality.
2 West 13th St, Ground Floor
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
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