[Dis]position is a virtual exhibition space that exploits its immaterial status to bring together digital and physical artworks and environments. Using the prefix dis- as an organizing principle, the artworks in the exhibition act as a reversing force, embracing the conditions of physical dislocation to foreground the inherent potential of shared aesthetic experience. Together, these artworks suggest the impossibility of a virtual utopia and the urgency of reimagining our collective reality.
The concept of the Ars Electronica Garden Chicago
Society slammed the brakes and we are all still reeling. As we struggle to reorient ourselves — in time, in space, and in relation to one another — the past becomes difficult to distinguish from the future. In this haze, one thing is clear: the present is our moment, and our chance to build the world we want to inhabit.
[Dis]position is a virtual exhibition space that exploits its immaterial status to bring together digital and physical artworks and environments. Folding the map in on itself to fuse distant geographies, [Dis]position underscores the impossibility of a virtual utopia and the urgency of reimagining our collective reality. Using the prefix dis- as an organizing principle, the artworks in the exhibition act as a reversing force, embracing the conditions of physical dislocation to foreground the inherent potential of shared aesthetic experience.
The first of its type in the United States, SAIC’S Art & Technology Studies department was established in 1969 with the introduction of a single course operating at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Since its inception, the program has continually pioneered the use of emerging technologies in contemporary art, developed new models of artistic practice and integrated these models into the curriculum of one of the world’s most influential art and design schools.
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[Dis]possess highlights the contradictory forces of capital and progressive politics within the artworld, simulating a coworking space in downtown Chicago that sells twenty-first century indulgences for the price of a cup of coffee.
Brett Balogh; William Harper; James Hartunian; Kristin McWharter; Patrick O’Shea; Jung Ho Park; Zhong Ren
[Dis]location investigates and extends specific sites in Chicago and beyond to foreground our shared connections to public spaces in both the built and natural environments.
Lola Blake; Jiwon Ham; Addison Tyler Leon; Ethan Proia; Meimei Song; Yimin Zheng
[Dis]place questions the reciprocal relationship between the self and its surroundings in an attempt to expand fixed notions of subject, host, and home.
Gloria Fan Duan; Blake Fall-Conroy; Anaïs Morales; Judd Morrissey, Mark Jeffrey, & Abraham Avnisan; Alan Perry; Chengan Xia; Kio Zhu
[Dis]content probes cultural objects and historical sites to examine the role of art and artifact in the construction of collective memory.
Lee Blalock; Ashara Renfroe; Anna Christine Sands; Julia Tsai; Anne Wilson & Shawn Decker
[Dis]connect interrogates the struggle for connection despite the ubiquity of instant communication, underscoring the role these technologies play in redefining our relationships to others and to ourselves.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Curated by Duncan Bass, Bopha Hul, Patrick O’Shea and Doug Rosman. Web development by Doug Rosman. Exhibition organized by Art & Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.