What if any agency do we have in relation to existing systems, institutions, or attitudes we encounter and often feel powerless to change? Shared systems/spaces of information/imagination – the law, the economy, history, the news, language, etc. – constitute the contexts within which our lives unfold. Although we live within them, these contexts endure only because of our witting or unwitting collaboration in their perpetuation. Gene Youngblood predicted that new technologies would give rise to "reality communities . . . defined not by geography but by consciousness, ideology and desire." Given new tools to facilitate creative conversation, can we construct alternative contexts to intentionally inhabit, rather than continuing to support systems or spaces in which we don't enjoy equal creative power? "As constituents of these communities we shall hold continuously before ourselves alternative models of possible realities." (See http://people.umass.edu/sig82art/Resources/pdfs/autonomousReality.pdf.)
Co- Re-Creating Spaces is a group exhibition curated by Carolyn Sortor and Michael A. Morris
Opening reception: Saturday, November 17, 6-10 pm
Exhibition runs from november 17, 2012 to January 5, 2013
* Expanded Cinema was an exhibition of new video art works wrapping the exterior of the Omni Dallas Hotel, Texas, with audio simulcast by 91.7 KXT public radio, presented as part of the 25th Dallas VideoFest. Mike and Carolyn both made pieces included in the program, and Carolyn also served as the project coordinator.