Supernature

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Dead Wrestlers

Dead Wrestlers

Judith Baumann “There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque.” – Roland Barthes “The biggest thrill in the world is entertaining the public, there is no bigger thrill than that.” - Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment...

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Satellite Fields

Satellite Fields

Satellite Fields is a series of large-scale land art formations created on the plains of North Dakota. Each piece is composed of hundreds of living trees, planted in stark geometric formations, so that they are visible and “visitable” by satellite imagery such as Google Earth. In its constantly evolving “final form”, Satellite Fields attempts to re-map the shifting border regions of the natural world in two ways: 1) by examining how virtual space is...

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Zombie Argument

Harrison Higgs I equate the idea of human civilization with that of the supernatural, as a move away from and beyond nature. Technology, language, media, our items of luxury and desire-- taken together have become our (collective) primary activity. The resulting stream of replenishing objects has become the animating engine of this world. Using mostly packaging materials, plastic, and glue, Zombie Argument considers the nature of these objects which are made animate only through...

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Where The Other Hand Is Clapping

Where The Other Hand Is Clapping

Aaron Wexler There’s something about elements in nature that are always surprisingly abstract to me. I’m interested in shapes in nature as they relate to abstraction in painting. In my work I investigate the curious, rich area of visual potential these shapes exist in. I question how we interpret what we see in terms of abstraction whether it is by chance or intentionally looking at a work of art. I collect distinctly different representations...

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The Clipperton Project

The Clipperton Project is a multi-disciplinary, international arts and science project which aims to take a group of 20 outstanding practitioners, from 8 different countries, on an expedition to the deserted island of Clipperton in March 2012. Clipperton is an inhospitable paradise; 1280km from coast of Mexico, lying directly in the path of dangerous weather systems, inhabited by poisonous crabs and guarded by sharks. However, Clipperton is also a relatively unexplored “oceanic laboratory” (Jim Holm, The Clean Oceans...

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Wide Receivers

Wide Receivers

Mónika Sziládi My work investigates how the construction of the human subject may or may not be independent from acts of--and a culture of--consumption. American commerce offers broad opportunities for individuals to re-describe themselves while simultaneously, through advertising and media imagery, proposes contrived and set categories for consumers to simulate. I capture moments and explore environments where subjects are caught negotiating these two poles--one of sweeping possibility and self-recreation, the other of handed-down poses...

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