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The Aesthetics of Garbage: LAB 3 @ Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)


The Aesthetics of Garbage: Borrowed Trauma

ARTIST: Meryl Murman w/ Rebecca Crenshaw (Part Movement Research Lab / Part Round Table Conversation / Found Media)

NEW LOCATION: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)

Is empathy something that can be exercised through simulation? To what extent can we use our bodies to connect with experiences we did not have, but learn about through images?

Media theorist Marshall McLuhan posits that pivotal to understanding a culture is understanding the spatiotemporal relations of its media bias. In a visually biased culture, if we fix the lens on the performance of the human body, what is there to be gained through corporeal literacy?

Borrowed Trauma explores corporeal access to shared memory and human empathy through media. It challenges the thresholds of what our bodies can experience through simulation. Via an interplay of gesture, oral expression and conversation, it reflects on current media bias, while simultaneously exploring and experimenting with ways to uncover and understand that which is left out of the frames of an image narrative.

Are there ways of framing figures that give more agency to the performing body within the artifacts created from the figure’s labor?

Which images become representational of human tragedy? And when is it/ isn't it ethical to embody someone else’s suffering?

“Of all the garbage that threatens us, the most dangerous are the masses of discarded ideas.”
                                ----Bohumil Hrabal

Artifact: something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend or individual.

The Aesthetics of Garbage is an ongoing research laboratory for projects that scavenge, explore and reflect on discarded ideas. Curated by FLOCK and lasting the duration of Prospect 4, artists Ann Glaviano, Nick Shamblott, Caitlin Adams, Milo Daemgen and Meryl Murman will engage with each other, collaborating artists and the public in critical conversations and experiments that respond to cultural artifacts, lost causes, abandoned plans, and forgotten ideas through various media.

*NOTE: All Labs are open to public viewing. In the Labs, the artists will share how you may interact and engage with them and the work.