Fight the Future: Building Walls of Resistance
When: March 19 - 27, 2018
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Reception: Friday, March 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public
Opening on the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, Ash Lounsbury’s installation Fight the Future: Building Walls of Resistance looks at the development of civilian surveillance in a post-9/11 world. Using interdisciplinary methods of sculpture and new media, Fight The Future offers a projection for a coming era of absolute surveillance via personal and home-integrated technology. Discarded goods constructing immersive environments comment on the liquid modernity of cybernetic technologies, the deluge of data produced or mined by those technologies, and the user’s complicity in undermining privacy. With the use of text taking leaf from Jenny Holzer, the installation reminds viewers of the risks to privacy they are already taking. How can activism rise in a policed state? How can freedom of speech exist in a controlled virtual space? How can a people go against a government that potentially has access to such banal information as how many steps they took that day? These questions inform Lounsbury’s artistic process of creating scenes in these anti-realistic environments. A limited navigation creates a forced intimacy between viewer and installation. Sensors in the pieces, such as the use of an ultrasonic sensor, detect proximity between viewer and piece. This interactivity sacrifices its own sense of privacy, where sensors are interpreting a tangible distance that is often left undetected.
WARNING: This exhibition may potentially trigger seizures or migraines for people who are photosensitive. Viewer discretion is advised.