Scattered Light: Ephemeral Action, Protest, and Circulating Imagery

Scattered Light: Ephemeral Action, Protest, and Circulating Imagery

Ephemeral, political interventions seem to toe the line between protest and art, while not functioning as either. Citing works of contemporary art, political theory, and media studies, Squier ponders the possibilities of these actions as digital media, exploring how they morph while circulating virally. When considering these actions in the context of visual culture, the visual image might have more power than one would think.

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Torn Seams and Sound Scores at Gallery Wendi Norris

Torn Seams and Sound Scores at Gallery Wendi Norris

Gallery Wendi Norris’ exhibition Seeking Civilization: Art and Cartography ostensibly questions how mapping practices have been reformatted to reflect changes in citizenship, power, and nationhood. The exhibition draws its frame of reference from Robert Storr’s 1994 exhibition Mapping at MoMA, which included one of the same works featured here. The refrain by seven artists—the majority living within the rapidly shifting geography of the Bay Area—is one which situates us within a complex of overlaid cartographies, which cannot be delineated by the clear partitions and broad strokes of traditional mapping. Instead, these artists transform the flat surface of various maps into rugged terrain, full of fissures and interruptions.

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Footnotes on the Ostrich Feather Wedding Dress Project: Wearing the Beast

Footnotes on the Ostrich Feather Wedding Dress Project: Wearing the Beast

Easton and Stevens invited thirteen artists to respond to an ostrich feather wedding dress as a material and symbol: its textures, terrors, and broader connotations. In the process, the project became an experiment in a symbol’s potential to shift its meaning across contexts, uses, and purposes and to become newly defined, enigmatic, or irregular through the transformations of the artists involved.

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