Wednesday, December 18 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
In this special Art Talk, the artist will be live, via remote video conference for her talk and Dallas artist Michael A. Morris will be present in order to moderate the discussion of the current exhibition, Before Our Eternal Silence.
Jenny Vogel is an internationally acclaimed multi-media artist whose work explores the world as viewed through new media technology using web-cameras, blogs and Google searches as source material. Vogel’s work effectively communicates the impact of media technology on the individual and individuality, with its resulting misrepresentations and miscommunications. Her exhibition, Before Our Eternal Silence, examines experiences in the age of information including the anxiety of alienation, the desire for meaningful communication and a sense of belonging in a virtual world.
Before Our Eternal Silence is an installation which incorporates approximately 100 lamps programed to transmit a silent message using Morse code. Vogel challenges her audience to engage from a visual and auditory perspective by experiencing the installation of blinking lamps and public horn speakers announcing voice recordings of text from current Craigslist Missed Connections postings in the DFW area. Vogel analyzes the nature and evolution of communication, as well as the purpose. Like the use of Morse Code as a silent cry for help, she juxtaposes the blinking lights with sound of the public address which underlies dependence, desperation and ultimately futility, of a collective city’s hopes and desires via Internet technology. Through the lenses of contemporary communication technology, Vogel discovers and challenges the failed utopia of the Internet as the “global village”, objectivism in the news and the ideology of science.
Jenny Vogel originates from Germany, but currently resides in New York and North Texas. She received her MFA from Hunter College (NYC) in 2003. She is a 2005 NYFA fellow in Computer Arts and is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Art. Her work has been screened and exhibited in group and solo- shows in numerous locations and galleries: San Francisco Camerawork, CA; Arnolfini, UK; The Siberia Biennial, Russia; The Swiss Institute, NYC; EFA Gallery, NYC; Kunstwerke, Berlin; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.
Michael A. Morris is an artist and educator based in Dallas, Texas. His works in film, video, expanded cinema, and installation have been shown at festivals, galleries, micro-cinemas, and alternative spaces internationally. He shows with Oliver Francis Gallery in Dallas, and is a programmer for experimental video at Dallas VideoFest.
Sally Warren and Jeffery Jackson
Exhibition runs November 9 – December 21
The MAC is open Wed – Sat 11am – 9 pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC