Status Update: MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
April 28 – May 19, 2010
Works by Annie Onyi Cheung, Melanie Lowe, Robert Lendrum and Matthew Williamson, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, and Cheryl Sourkes
Curated by Shauna Thompson
Co-produced by InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Wednesday April 28, 6 – 9 pm
Free Shuttle Bus departs InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (9 Ossington Avenue) at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm
Within the last five years, online social networking and communication technologies have undergone a period of explosive growth. In light of the development of Web 2.0, communication, how we represent ourselves, and our sense of subjectivity have been profoundly modified. In response to these paradigmatic shifts, the artists included in Status Update investigate how and why we interface with technology, and what promises, failures, and desires might be at stake as we invest ourselves in these mediated and mediating relationships.
Melanie Lowe’s You Saw Me? (2008) and Cheryl Sourkes’ BRB (Be Right Back) (2010), both invoke the gaze of the implied Other, the presence we imagine lurks behind the screen and lens, to which we offer ourselves in narcissistic identity formation and postmodern vulnerability. Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins’ Presence Meter (2003) confronts viewers with the physical and symbiotic relationship to a technological body and the pleasurable affirmation of being recognized. Annie Onyi Cheung’s Skype-based performance project NOW.LIMINAL (2009) and Robert Lendrum and Matthew Williamson’s new media and performance-based work Avatar 2.0 (2010), generate interactive spaces for techno-social experimentation and observation. As each of these artists turn a questioning eye on our relationships to the technological trappings of the everyday, they uncover the basic and persistent human desires to escape isolation and to reach for a validating sense of connection.