Three faculty members of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department—Adam Bell, Seth Lambert, and Michelle Leftheris—have curated an incredibly timely show at the Pace/MacGill Gallery. “Social Media” features nearly a dozen artists exploring ideas of connectedness and human expression in our current age of technological acceleration.
In his installation Democracy in Action, author, artist, musician, and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne displays 20 digital photo frames, each shuffling images pulled from the Internet of various parliamentarians arguing and wrestling with one another.
A collaboration between Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar entitled We Feel Fine extracts the phrases “I feel” or “I am feeling” from recent blog posts in an attempt to measure the world’s “emotional temperature.”
Christopher Baker examines the prevalence of micro-messaging technologies through his piece Murmur Study. Using software he developed that is designed to pull live status updates from Twitter containing variations of terms like “argh” and “meh,” 20 thermal printers mounted to the gallery wall spew out the data allowing the accumulation to be visually measured and pondered.
Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher debut Assignment #68 Feel the News—part of their collaboration “Learning To Love You More”—which is a collection of photos taken by participants that were asked to watch a segment from democracynow.org, pick someone from the news that had left on impression on them, and then document themselves imagining and acting out a moment of that person’s day.
Other artists featured in the show are Aram Bartholl, Robert Heinecken and Penelope Umbrico. “Social Media” runs from September 16 – October 15 at Pace/MacGill Gallery, 510 West 25 Street, New York City; a public opening for the show will be held on September 15 from 6 – 8pm. For more info, visit Pace/MacGill Gallery.
Images: (top) Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar, We Feel Fine, Montage, 2006, © Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar. (bottom) Christopher Baker, Murmur Study, 2009, © Christopher Baker. Images courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery.