Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Natalie and James Thompson Gallery
Wafaa Bilal: Canto III
A satellite launch, historical archive, and an expanded conversation on the after effects of dictatorship come together in Canto III, a groundbreaking new project by internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal. The work is an anti-monument that parodies a 1990’s proposal by Saddam Hussein’s followers in the Ba’ath Party to launch a golden bust of the despot into orbit. Thirty years later, the cubesat designed by Bilal, will be launched into lower orbit and will periodically transmit images of the miniaturized monument against the dramatic backdrop of space to the gallery via a selfie cam. This self-documenting monument is both a critique of the self-reflective nature of monument creation and a commentary on the ways that digital technology has transformed viewers’ collective relationship with not only space, but reality itself.
Rosa Menkman: Shadow Knowledge
Born in 1983 in Arnhem, Netherlands, artist and researcher Rosa Menkman has worked extensively on pushing the boundaries of technology through the exploration of glitches, compressions, encoding, and other artifacts that are produced in analogue and digital media. Menkman’s career is defined by a strong basis in research. In 2010, Menkman published the Glitch Studies Manifesto, in which she laid out eight statements on understanding and working with glitch. The crucial one being that one must start by accepting the inevitability of such errors. “Acknowledge that although the constant search for complete transparency brings newer, ‘better’ media, every one of these improved techniques will always possess their own inherent fingerprints of imperfection,” wrote Menkman. In 2011, she published Glitch Moment/um, which explores the growing field of glitch art and examines it through critical, technical and cultural lenses, before considering the possibilities of a glitch art genre.