The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

CORPUS at UC San Diego

Dates: February 21 – May 9, 2013

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 21st, 5:30-8:30 pm
SME Visual Arts Gallery

Location: Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME), UC San Diego
SME Visual Arts Gallery, Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

Curator’s Tour on Thursday, February 28th, 12-1 pm
Conversation with Eleanor Antin and Emily Goodman ( Theory, & Criticism): TBD
Beer Talk: April, TBD
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 am-5 pm

The SME Visual Arts Gallery is excited to present CORPUS, a group exhibition of video, photography, and sound installation by Eleanor Antin, Babette Mangolte, and Michael Trigilio, and featuring current research by engineers Klaus Ley, Maurizio Seracini, and Qiang Zhu. The opening reception is on Thursday, February 21 from 6-8 pm, and is open to the public.

Using multifarious concepts of “bodies” as a framework, the work in CORPUS is divided into three parts which explore notions of movement, the phenomenological, and the metaphorical body.

The works that are in the phenomenological category investigate consciousness and its sister notions of creation and destruction, which inevitably emerge when one becomes aware. Since consciousness is a result of experience, process and investigation are central to the works in this group. Eleanor Antin, an influential and important performance artist, filmmaker, photographer, and installation artist takes ancient Greece as her subject: actors perform the roles of classical Greek figures, which echoes the idea of performing selves in society. Maurizio Seracini investigates the Palazzo Vecchio through virtual reconstruction, the art-historically rich, Romanesque fortress-palace, in Florence Italy. These works are concerned with the building and construction of historical bodies, and the suggestive implications of the act of re-creation, which is an essential part of both artistic and engineering practices.

Michael Trigilio’s and Klaus Ley’s work has metaphysical undertones. In Michael Trigilio’s Speculative Religious Electronics, the “viewer’s” body is subjected to minute reverberations as the sounds of Religion are translated and hypothesized into sound. Klaus Ley studies the roles of adhesion molecules in acute and chronic inflammation. These molecules are conjured into a second existence of being via nano-imaging. Paired, these works produce a conceptual psychosomatic (social, psychological, and behavioral) oscillation. These two pieces explore several binaries: a concept (religion) and the physical body (which is taken for granted as a working whole, even though we cannot see it), the separation of the mind or the virtual and body, and so on.

The works in the somatic section are concerned with the literal body as an animate object/subject: both are interested in how the body “moves”. Babette Mangolte investigates the dancer’s body as a dynamic and fluid form. Qiang Zhu’s research investigates the efficiency of fish locomotion. He is interested in numerical characterization of the structure versus function of these bio-structures in order to aid in the development of bio-inspired propulsion systems. Coupled these two works resonate in terms of the fragility of the body as a constantly changing and moving entity.

As the SME Visual Arts Gallery functions as a laboratory for interdisciplinary exchange, CORPUS aims to shed light on some of the various ways that the body is reified through art practice and engineering research. The SME Visual Arts Gallery and exhibition aim to incite public exchange and collaboration by bringing together these seemingly diverse fields.

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