This lecture is part of our Meet the Maker series for Postmodernist members and above. To join our membership program, please visit here or call (843) 953-5652.
** Due to the College of Charleston’s plans to mitigate COVID-19, we are holding this event on Zoom. To attend, please RSVP to Melanie Seidel at SeidelME1@cofc.edu
In January 2021, the Halsey Institute will present Geolocation by the artist duo of Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman. Using publicly-accessible geographic data from Tweets, Larson Shindelman track down specific locations where Twitter users were when they posted on social media. Once there, the artists make a photograph from the location, connecting the Tweet—stored on a remote server and readable around the globe—and the physical world. This body of work explores the connection between text and images, digital and analog, and private versus public.
“We use publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. Our act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.
Twitter estimates there are over 550 million tweets daily, creating a new level of digital noise. Clive Thompson uses the term ambient awareness to describe this incessant online contact in the New York Times Magazine article, “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy.” According to Thompson, “It is. . . very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does—body language, sighs, stray comments—out of the corner of your eye.” Our collaborative work is a means for situating this virtual communication in the physical realm. We imagine ourselves as virtual flâneurs, ethnographers of the Internet, exploring cities 140 characters at a time through the lives of others.”
Larson Shindelman (American, estab. 2007) have collaborated for the last thirteen years, working over distance and through site-specific projects. Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman’s collaborative practice investigates the data tracks we amass through networked communication. Their work ties the invisible to actual sites, anchoring the ephemeral in photographs and immersive video installations.
Solo exhibitions include the Halsey Institute in Charleston (upcoming, January 2021), George Eastman Museum in Rochester, Pictura Gallery in Indiana, the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida, Light House in Wolverhampton, Blue Sky in Portland, United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, and the Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas.
Selections from their projects have been shown at the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art in Lithuania, the Denver Art Museum, the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Georgia, the Mint Museum in North Carolina, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, FotoFest in Houston, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana, the Light Factory in Charlotte, the FotoFestiwal in Poland, the Athens Photo Festival in Greece, the Houston Center for Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Moscow International Biennale in Russia, RAIQ in Montréal, Peloton in Australia, and Conflux Festival in NYC.
Larson Shindelman recently completed site-specific projects for the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the Dumbo Business Improvement District in New York City, the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana, Atlanta Celebrates Photography in Georgia, the Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) in Georgia, the Format International Photography Festival in the UK, the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick. They were recently artists-in-residence at CEC Artslink in Russia, Light Work in Syracuse, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Florida.
Join the Halsey Institute’s curators and your fellow members for a casual morning of coffee and conversation. This event is open to all levels of membership. To learn more about Halsey Institute membership, click here!
Now that the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has had ten years of exhibitions, partnerships, and programs in its current space inside the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston, we are taking a look back on the adventurous artists we’ve hosted and projects we’ve produced in that time. Over the next ten weeks, we will be taking a deep dive into each year, featuring blog posts on exhibitions, interviews with artists, and other explorations into the Halsey Institute’s past.
Top: Leslie Wayne,Lulworth, [detail] 2009 oil on panel, 42” x 168” From her 2011 Halsey Institute exhibition, Leslie Wayne: Recent Works
Right: Leslie Wayne, Velocity [detail] 2009, oil on panel, 49” x 22” From her 2011 Halsey Institute exhibition, Leslie Wayne: Recent Works
The Halsey Institute is presenting a virtual film screening of ART/new york – Nam June Paik: Prisoner of the Cathode Ray (2000). The film will be available to view for free on our Vimeo channel with a password from June 1-10.
On Tuesday, June 9 at 4:00 PM, the director Paul Tschinkel will join us on Zoom for a live Q&A.
To watch the film and RSVP for the live Q&A, please email Bryan Granger at email@example.com
About the film:
Nam June Paik is the founding father of video art. For more than four decades, he explored and exploited television technology and used it as an artist’s medium. Paik confessed that he has become “prisoner of the cathode ray.” Over the years he created an impressive, visionary, and influential body of work that has not only been shown worldwide but has greatly influenced both commercial and artistic media. On this program, we see Paik’s 1982 retrospective at the Whitney Museum, his 1988 exhibition at the Dorothy Goldeen Gallery in Los Angeles, and two shows at the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York. Interviews are with Nam June Paik, art dealers Dorothy Goldeen and Holly Solomon, and John Hanhardt, senior curator of film and media arts at the Guggenheim Museum.
Paul Tschinkel is the creator, producer and director of ART/new york. A graduate of the MFA program at Yale University, he is a painter who, in the early ’70s, turned to video as a way of making art. He was the first artist to produce a weekly program on New York’s cable system. Called “Paul Tschinkel’s Inner-Tube”, it ran from 1974 to 1984 and featured conceptual programming and events, collaborative pieces with fellow artists, exhibitions, and the Punk and No-Wave music scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s.
ART/new york, a video series on contemporary art, was begun in 1979 by Paul Tschinkel, founder, and executive producer. This unique and extensive series focuses on the visual arts and brings art, artists, and exhibitions to a broad public interested in the latest developments on the New York art scene. Over the last 35 years, ART/new york has covered major exhibitions and artists who have defined and shaped the fascinating and diverse directions in contemporary art. Each program features visits to galleries, museums, and artist’s studios, and includes revealing interviews with artists as well as the perspective views of critics, curators, and dealers.
At this time of great uncertainty, the Halsey Institute team sincerely hopes that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. As we all adjust our lives to these new circumstances, we continue to believe in the importance of presenting adventurous contemporary art and bringing diverse communities together with innovative visual artists.
We look forward to sharing updates on our future exhibitions and programs in the summer as the world adjusts to and recovers from the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
We have all needed time to adapt to this new situation and our team has worked hard over the past several weeks to re-shape our programming, ensuring that we will accomplish our mission in the weeks and months to come. While our public-facing programs and events remain temporarily closed, we are continuing to participate in the #MuseumfromHome community online! Arts organizations near and far are adapting to this sudden disruption in our daily lives with creative outreach for K-12 students, resources for working artists, respite for the stressed and news-weary, and reflections on our shared humanity. This outpouring of support for each other further underlines that the arts are a critical part of our everyday lives. We have been sharing activities, resources, videos, and more on our social media channels as we move, together, through this global crisis.
This situation is unprecedented for all of us. Therefore, we encourage all of you to share your thoughts, ideas, and recommendations about how the Halsey Institute can improve its outreach and respond to your needs in this uncertain time. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or engaging #MuseumfromHome ideas! We thank you for your support and wish you peace, calm, and good health in these uncertain times.