The show is the first of the Active Curation series of one night pop-up exhibitions using the creation of art as a means of non-verbal exploration of a concept. This show focuses on “Digital Flux” and the multifarious effects of digital media on our thinking and structural functions.
The show acknowledges the fact that verbal methods of examination and analysis only extend so far, and that non-verbal consideration is integral to a complete and comprehensive meditation on any subject. The works included in the show were all made specifically for the show in an effort to actively contemplate and express the artists’ stances on their relative personal understanding of how the advent/their quotidien use of the Internet, social networking Web Sites, and other digital media and devices have affected the way they think, function, perceive and present themselves to the world.
Not only is the curation involved in the show “active” in the sense that the show’s concept functioned as a stimulus for thought and actual art production, but the show is also socially-active and -involved in that a percentage of the proceeds from the show go to the One Laptop per Child organization, committed to using pervasive technologies to develop more widespread educational opportunities to underprivileged children around the globe.
MAKE SHIFT is committed the perpetuation of thoughtful art production, the use of art production as a means of considering complex ideas, and using our respective skills to help and empower others. Each Active Curation show will draw upon these principles to explore, inform and empower.
I decided to begin the series with “Digital Flux” because it is a concept that pertains to all of us. The artists involved each have a distinct and compelling point of view on the subject.
I think we can all agree that technology has become part of our daily lives on a number of levels, perhaps both for the better and the worse. But how, exactly, has it crept into our minds and our lives? Come look, think and talk about it at Active Curation: Digital Flux on July 31 from 8 to 10 pm at 7 Dunham Place in Williamsburg! The artists will be present, and so will free champagne.