Command Z: Artists working with Phenomena & Technology


Command_ZMarch 29 – April 7, 2012*

NOTICE:  The Command Z exhibition closed to the public after just one week of gallery exhibition due to a nearby water main break. Please check back here for updates about the exhibition catalogue release or call 410-455-3188 to inquire about exhibition traveling opportunties for venues.

Curator: LISA MOREN, Associate Professor, Animation and Interactivity, Department of Visual Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Command Z Artists Working with Phenomena & Technology features installations by 3 artists and 1 artist team: INGRID BACHMANN (Montreal), PAUL DEMARINIS (San Francisco), NINA KATCHADOURIAN (New York), and the artist team of EMILE MORIN and JOCELYN ROBERT (Quebec City). A digital/acoustic grand piano (Yamaha Disklavier), a Bunsen burner, bronzed popcorn, a birdcage, 54 leather shoes, 8 worn suitcases, and a traditional theater-style popcorn maker are all informed by a technological code or phenomena. These artists explore the long trajectory of communication technologies, how they are framed within a material form, and how social practices are framed around them. By building unique digital and physical behaviors, without the use of screens, the works on display bring the virtual and material realms into one gesture. Watch letters fall like rain playing a piano, hear what popcorn is saying, find shoes automatically tapping or stomping, peek inside suitcases, and listen to sounds from the moon in pitch-blackness.

Adjunct programming includes original compositions for the Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic and digital grand piano performed live; and kinetic sculpture on display by Baltimore City Public School children. Special thanks to Jordan Kitts Music for their generosity.

The show was reviewed by Andrea Appleton for Baltimore’s City Paper.