April 8, 2015
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand Street
Joshua Scannell, Gina Beavers, Gabriela Salazar in conversation.
Moderated by curator Jonathan Durham
Using as an initial method of investigation Joshua Scannell's article What Can An Algorithm Do (DISmagazine, Feb. 2015), this conversation will address directly the works of Beavers, Salazar and other participants in the exhibition in relationship to the idea of “algorithmic governance.” A portion of Christina Masciotti's script for the play ADULT will also be read. A list of issues within this zone of dialogue include but are not limited too: Violence and it’s digital diffusions, sentient oil, the NYPD, the ATF, piling, sifting, sorting, Internet Content Moderators, 3D printing, and ruin porn.
In conjunction with the exhibition How To Tell If Your Krill Oil Supplements Are Ripping You Off
Including works by Gina Beavers, Nate Boyce, Jo Nigoghossian, Gabriela Salazar, Naama Tsabar, Christina Masciotti and Stephen Dobay
R. Joshua Scannell is a PhD Candidate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is an adjunct instructor in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College. His work concentrates on the intersection of emergent data analytics, the political economy of the carceral state and mutating posthuman embodiment. He is the author of Cities: Uncertain Sovereignty and Unauthorised Resistance in the Urban World, co-author with Patricia Clough, Karen Gregory and Benjamin Haber of “The Datalogical Turn” forthcoming in Nonrepresntaional Methodologies. He blogs intermittently atfrannyrecountsadream.tumblr.com, tweets @joshscann and is professionally at https://gc-cuny.academia.edu/JoshScannell
Gabriela Salazar: Salazar’s projects investigate the relationship between human-made spaces and structures and the unpredictable or invisible forces (the shifting of land, the pressures of gravity, the passing and layering of time) that act upon them. She received a B.A. from Yale University and a M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Solo exhibitions include My Lands are Islands, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY 2015, In Advance of a Storm (for Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two), The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship in Public Art, Fishers Island, NY (2014); For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), Bronx River Art Center, NY (2012); and Site Set, Luchsinger Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2012). Her group exhibitions include La Bienal: Here is Where we Jump, El Museo del Barrio, NY (2013) and Building Materials, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (2013). She is currently a participant in Workspace at LMCC. Previous residencies include the Louise Bourgeois Residency for a Sculptor, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2012) and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2011).
Gina Beavers: Using photographs culled from the limbo of social media as her source material, Beavers re-animates not only the flat elements of the photograph through heavy layers of acrylic paint, but also the virtual social space between the user’s eye and her device’s screen. Based in New York, Beavers holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005). Recent solo exhibitions include Re-Animator, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY, 2014, Retrospective (Hudson, 2014) and Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, 2013). Recent group exhibitions include ’Don’t Look Now’ Zach Feuer (New York, 2014), ‘Cogwheels Carved in Wood’, Night Gallery (Los Angeles, 2014) and a two person show at Cooper Cole (Toronto, 2013)