Simulacra- Theo Tagholm (London,UK)
A simulacra of nature.
“Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map , nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory – procession of simulacra – that engenders the territory, and if one must return to the fable, today it is the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map. It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of the Empire, but ours. The desert of the real itself.”
Simulacra and Simulation
By Jean Baudrillard
Green Play – Yuge Zhou (Beijing/Chicago)
Green Play is a joyful orchestration of Central Park in NYC, a great meeting place and repository shared by locals and tourists alike. The spliced footage choreographs a single summer Sunday. Green Play is part of an on-going video collage series where Yuge Zhou is searching for the spirit of different American cities.
Yuge Zhou is an artist from Beijing, China. She currently lives in Chicago, and works as a curator, creative director and contributor for the 3000-square foot media wall at 150 N Riverside Plaza, the largest new media and video art installation in Chicago (due to launch in 2017). Zhou earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. She also holds a masters degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.
Obstructed-Carlos Rene Pacheco (Gardner, North Dakota)
Obstructed is a series of abstractions recorded from live webcams in which various environmental factors and the camera’s own mechanisms disrupt its function as a tool that aids in global voyeurism. Live Abstraction #1, culminates in a final revelation as the world seemingly materializes from the all encompassing fog that dominates the viewers’ field of vision.
Carlos Rene Pacheco is an artist and photographer originally from Tucson, Arizona. He received his BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and his MFA in Photography + Integrated Media from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. He currently resides just outside the Fargo/Moorhead area and teaches photography at Minnesota State University Moorhead. An aspiring astronomer turned artist, Carlos Rene Pacheco’s current research is a reconciliation of his passion for science, observation, and his investigation of the photographic medium.