TRACE: Wayfinding in Contemporary New Media Art exhibition features the artists who draw inspiration from different forms of situational awareness transforming them into complex new platforms for reflection and discourse: Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong, Badfaith VR (Shaun Gladwell & Leo Faber), Dejan Grba, Jonathan Harris, Ron Hutt, Nicolas Maigret & Brendan Howell, Kelly Mark, Seth Myers & Sarah Stolar, Julian Palacz, Alexander Schellow, Syntfarm (Vladimir Todorović & Andreas Schlegel).
TRACE took place in Pro Arts, Oakland from 20 July to 31 August 2018, and it premiered in MoCA Salon, Belgrade (30 March — 28 May 2018). Within each venue, the exhibition was redeveloped as an autonomous setup with a specific configuration of the artworks. It comprised educational programming with round tables, lectures and workshops. The show in MoCA Salon was accompanied by a catalogue published by MoCA Belgrade, and the complete project will be presented in a book published by McNally Jackson in New York.
When I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.
Ptolemy, Almagest (Syntaxis Mathematica), AD 150.
Hellenistic astronomer Claudius Ptolemy looked to the skies and traced 48 constellations including Gemini (the Dioskouri twins named after Castor and Pollux), linked to Messier 35 cluster dating back 100 million years. Today, we can use mobile astronomy apps to follow the distinct colors of the stars Ptolemy described in his ancient wayfinding text. Science and technology of our time make it easier to track not only celestial mechanics, but the earthly movement of matter, animals and people in various scales and contexts: short routes from home to work, long-distance air travels or ancestral migratory routes gleaned from DNA analysis. They have created new aggregates of hybrid knowledge such as the atlases that map biodiversity and environmental changes on the planetary surface but also deep within the earth’s core. TRACE features diverse contemporary artists who draw inspiration from these and many other forms of situational awareness, and transform them into new platforms for reflection and discourse. They engage with wayfinding in unique and engaging ways, and address it on different conceptual levels.
Provisional Art Spaces [PAS] is an international consortium of curators and artists who create opportunities for spatial transference through artistic affiliations, environmental action and strategic productions. As an association, [PAS] uses territorial entanglement and emerging technology as vehicles for migratory art practices. Working in the United States, Asia and Europe, [PAS] offers an innovative model for contemporary art production that goes beyond the established art market and towards a more egalitarian embrace of viewers and audiences.