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Curatorial Statement

The perennial horizon in the landscape of cinema has shifted. Artists deconstructed and distorted the cinematic space by shattering the singular gaze into rhizomatic fragments. Abstract modes of viewing combined with readily accessible technology liberated cinema from its prescribed linear understanding, giving rise to new forms of representation.

Vertical Horizons showcases artists that continue to expand the boundary of the screen. The materialism of the digital image and tactility of light have widened the creative playing field, offering audiences new ways of experiencing a work of art. New ways of making have resulted in unconventional ways of seeing.

As society further normalized the digital realm, technology transforms the individual, evolving into an extension of the human body and mind. While previously binary concepts, artifice and reality are now intertwined. Consciousness is not only reflected but also produced by images and screens. The artists in Vertical Horizons work within creative and technological parameters to create experiences that would not be possible without the participation of the viewer. In this way, the development of a dynamic and interactive viewing space shifted cinema from a collective to a personal experience.

Building on the historical context of time-based media, the works in this exhibit experiment with the integration of image, sound, movement, light, time and space to create a world that is immediate and immersive. While alluding to traditional cinematic practices, these artists utilize contemporary technology and the moving image to render a new conceptualization of the world - bending, shifting and destabilizing grounded perspectives.

The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls. - Maya Deren

February 18 - March 12, 2017
Curated by: Rachel Arena BFA 17 FAV, Maria Ferreira BFA 17 FAV/GD and Jack Gray BFA 17 FAV


Poster, RISD, Gelman Student Gallery


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