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With his chaotic kinetic installations, Jon Kessler critiques our image-obsessed, surveillance-dominated world. His machines are at once complex and lumbering, combining mechanical know-how with kitschy materials and images. Structurally complex and narratively engaging, Jon Kessler’s multimedia sculptures often deliver an emotional punch beyond their humble means.
Jacolby Satterwhite is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality and digital media. He uses a range of software to produce intricately detailed animations and live action film of real and imagined worlds populated by the avatars of artists and friends.
Join us for a free virtual lecture with the Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette, whose drawings, photography, and large-scale installations speak to the intersection of familial, cultural, and political history. This lecture is a part of an ongoing series of programs related to the Zimmerli Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Angela Davis — Seize the Time, opening in September 2021. Q+A with the artist to follow.
Shannon Mattern is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The New School in New York. For 14.5 years, she served as a faculty member in The New School’s School of Media Studies. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition.
This virtual event features brief gallery talks by each participating MFA artist, celebrating the closing of their First-Year exhibition at Mason Gross Galleries, which is on view now.
Cindy Ji Hye Kim utilizes a rich grayscale vocabulary in iconic representations of the body under duress. Synthesizing influences as disparate as early animation, construction scaffolding, pests and flora, medieval torture devices, and Korean folk arts, Kim’s depictions of the contorted human form speak to the limits not only of the body but also of the sayable.
Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an artist and biohacker who is interested in art as research and technological critique. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.