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May 19 – July 15

Carla Gannis / C.A.R.L.A G.A.N.


May 19 – July 15

Carla Gannis / C.A.R.L.A G.A.N.


In wwwunderkammer, Carla Gannis aims to decolonize the Wunderkammer (and by extension—the museum) by using various technologies to conflate the real and the virtual. Her exhibition wwwunderkammer is a real-world manifestation of her ongoing project of the same name, which exists online via social VR on Mozilla Hubs and in a high-resolution desktop VR. The ongoing project consists of different “chambers” that focus on specific aspects of our contemporary life, such as increasing threats to our environment and animals in it, how technologies alter our perception of ourselves, and how our language has shifted with the advent of the internet and advanced computers. The gallery installation will use augmented reality to obfuscate what seems real and what does not. These strategies help Gannis explore what it means to be a human in the age of the internet while also endeavoring to make information and knowledge accessible to all.

Begun in 2019, wwwunderkammer exists as an evolving project that continues to grow with our own understanding of the world around us. Throughout time, artists have sought to use illusionism to blur the line between reality and fiction, continually teaching viewers to re-learn how to look at objects and visual culture. Gannis asks viewers to be open to learning adn questioning once again: to excluded histories, to the stories we’ve told ourselves, to the futures we’ve built, to the ways we’ve learned to look. 

Experience the wwwunderkammer online here:


Carla Gannis / C.A.R.L.A G.A.N.


May 19 – July 15
Opening Reception
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery
Friday, May 19, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Free for CofC community + members, $5 donation otherwise
Artist Talk with Carla Gannis
Halsey Institute galleries
Saturday, May 20, 2:00 PM
V3 | A Dance Installation by Annex Dance Company
Halsey Institute galleries
Thursday, June 1, 5:30 PM
Curator Coffee Club
Halsey Institute galleries
Friday, June 2, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Open to Halsey Institute members at all levels
V3 | A Dance Installation by Annex Dance Company
Halsey Institute galleries
Friday, June 2, 11:30 AM
V3 | A Dance Installation by Annex Dance Company
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 PM
Halsey After Hours
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery
Wednesday, June 21, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Free for Members, suggested $10 donation otherwise
Sit a Spell
Halsey Institute galleries
Thursday, June 29, 12:00 PM
In partnership with the CofC Computing in the Arts program
Family Day!
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery
Sunday, July 9, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Free for Members, suggested $5 donation otherwise
About the artist

Carla Gannis is a transmedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She produces works that consider the uncanny complications between grounded and virtual reality, nature and artifice, science and science fiction in contemporary culture. Fascinated by digital semiotics, Gannis takes a horror vacui approach to her artistic practice, culling inspiration from networked communication, art and feminist histories, emerging technologies and speculative design.

Gannis’s work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and internet projects across the globe. 2022 projects include “Welcome to the wwwunderkammer,” at the Pérez Art Museum (Miami, FL) and “The Elevated Line” at Ryan Lee Gallery (New York, NY). A regular lecturer on digital art and extended reality, in March 2019 Gannis was a speaker at the SXSW Interactive Festival on the panel “Human Presence and Humor Make Us Better Storytellers.” Publications that have featured Gannis’s work include The Creators ProjectWiredFastCoHyperallergicThe Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesEl PaÍs and The LA Times, among others.  In 2015 her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN:: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology, published by Jaded Ibis Press.

Gannis holds a BFA and MFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Boston University, respectively. Currently, she is Industry Professor at New York University (NYU) in the Integrated Design and Media Program, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering. She is also a Year 7 Alum of NEW INC, in the XR: Bodies in Space track, New York, NY.

wwwunderkammer first premiered at Telematic Media Arts (San Francisco, CA) with Gallery Director Clark Buckner.

Learn more about Carla Gannis:


Project Acknowledgements


Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Halsey Institute Staff and Interns

Bryan Granger, Former Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs


          Exhibition Essay

           Marian Mazzone, Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art

          Dance Installation

           Annex Dance Company


Telematic Media Arts

Clark Buckner, Director and Founder


Telematic Media Arts 2020 Installation Assistance

James Patterson

Bryant Kiyoshi Cortopassi

Jillian Shea

Janine Kelly


Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Jay Mollica, Director of Digital Engagement

Kelani Nichole, Curator


Synthesis Gallery and Pylon Gallery

Giorgio Vitale, Director of Synthesis Gallery

Julia Schmelzer, Director of Pylon Gallery

Miriam Arbus, Independent Curator


Original Music

Luke DuBois


wwwunderkammer Catalog Essays

Clark Buckner

Natasha Chuk

Charlotte Kent

Bruce Sterling


The Archive to Come Catalog Essays

Clark Buckner

Charlotte Kent


Featured wwwunderkammer Experts

Leah Roh

Regine Gilbert

Charlotte Kent

Regina Harsanyi

Ahmed Ansari


Studio Collaborations & Assistance


Sculpture Collaboration

Ross Keong and Tess Adams


3D Print Fabrication Consultant

Ross Keong


Hologram Production / 3D / VR / Video & Animation Production

Tess Adams


Web AR Design & Development / Research & Production

James Lee


Web VR Producer & Director / 3D / Video, Animation & Print Production

Austin Fenn



Web VR Producer & Director / 3D / Video & Animation Production

Sue Roh


Web VR + Desktop VR Production / Mobile AR /  Research & Production

Noth Liu


Desktop VR +  Mobile AR Design and Development
Indira Ardolic


VR/AR Research & 3D Production

Calvin Lee


Production Assistance

Zoe Adams and Tess Adams


Supporters of the Project:


Ahmed Elgammal, Founder of Playform Studio

Dorothy Santos

Julie Walsh

Asher Remy-Toledo

Tina Rivers Ryan

Currents New Media Festival


Cleveland Adams


Archive to Come Artists: Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Alicia Escott, Antonio Roberts, Auriea Harvey, Bayeté Ross Smith, Caroline Sinders, Christina Corfield, Clareese Hill, Claudia Hart, Danielle Siembieda, Darrin Martin, David Bayus, Faith Holland, Faiyaz Jafri, Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Genevieve Quick, Gretta Louw, Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Jamel (Jam No Peanut) MC-Ting Budong, Jenifer Wofford, LaJuné McMillian, Laura Gillmore, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Laura Splan, Leila Weefur, Liss Lafleur, Lorna Mills, Lynn Marie Kirby and James Kirby Rogers, Mads Lynnerup, Maggie Roberts [Orphan Drift], Mark Amerika, Mark Klink, Martina Menegon, Mary Flanagan, Minoosh (Raheleh) Zomorodinia, Mohsen Hazrati, Molly Soda, Noth (Qinyuan) Liu, Penelope Umbrico, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, R. Luke DuBois, Ranu Mukherjee [Orphan Drift], Rosa Menkman, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Sean Capone, Shaghayegh Cyrous, shawné michaelain holloway, Sherie Weldon, Snow Yunxue Fu, Surabhi Saraf, Susan Silas, Tamiko Thiel, Tiare Ribeaux, Yuliya Lanina


Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Chat GPT3

Midjourney AI


Hologram Technology
Looking Glass


Virtual Reality
Mozilla Hubs, HTC Vive & Oculus Quest


3D Printing & Fabrication + Plating

The Specialists


Roboto NYC


Vinyl & Xanita Board Production and Installation

Red Falcon Ink






Fine Rugs of Charleston










Free For All
GALLERY HOURS (during exhibitions)
Monday - Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Open Thursdays until 7pm

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