Art Talk with Christopher Blay – 11/14/12

6:30-7:30pm: Christopher Blay will discuss his current exhibition, Machine Time.

The camera is a time machine.

Christopher Blay’s time machine project is an interactive live performance and art installation. Machine Time explores conceptual space and time through a fabricated mechanical means, modeled after the way that a camera is able to manipulate space and time through its own processes. The installation is based on a mid-century flight test facility and launch control station, manned by uniformed assistants who engage actively with the selected time travelers. When the session begins, participants are asked to answer questions about their destination of choice. Where would you like to go? What experiences would you like to revisit, or create? In this case, time travel is both a conceptual and a virtual space. Like the camera, the time machine manipulates space and time by referencing the past, present and future through typed in and dialed choices made by the machine’s operator.

Christopher Blay began his art career in 1995 as a student, with Richard Doherty and the late Peter Ferresten at Tarrant County College. In 2003, Blay earned a BFA from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth in studio art with an emphasis on photography. His work has since followed the dual path of institutional criticism and conceptual inquiries into photography. Blay draws heavily on the writings of Vilem Flusser, Bob Rauschenberg and the traditions of installation art.


The MAC, and our 2012 Art Talk Series is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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