Sep 16, 2010

Best of Ottawa 2009 Screening

Monday, Sept 20th
studio B113 (animation studio)
12:30 - 1:30-ish

Come join us for a selection of some of the best animation work appearing at the Ottawa Animation Festival. This is one of the most successful, energizing and well-known animation festivals in the world!

Tony Oursler exhibition

Tony Oursler
7 October - 4 December, 2010
201 Chrystie Street

Opening Reception
Thursday, 7 October, 6-8PM

Lehmann Maupin
201 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Telephone 212 254 0054

Lehmann Maupin presents Peak, an exhibition of new works by Tony Oursler, on view at 201 Chrystie Street, 7 October – 4 December 2010. Peak continues the artist’s exploration into the ways in which technology affects the human psyche. Focusing on humankind’s obsessive relationship to computers and other virtual platforms, the works in this exhibition are microcosmic scenes that convey the varied nature of these relationships, such as obsession, escapism, isolation and sexual fetish. The installations reference dynamic systems and models, such as flowcharts, Rube Goldberg machines and astronomical orreries. Oursler’s projections combine glass, clay, steel and other raw materials with a synthesis of performance language and rhythmic editing.

Oursler explores Masahiro Mori’s “The Uncanny Valley”, which theorizes that as inanimate objects become closer in appearance to the human form and face, mankind will find them increasingly disturbing and therefore cast into the realm of the uncanny. Oursler redefines Mori’s theory by investigating our contemporary Internet usage, viewing the Internet as a mechanical reflection of our human psyche, inducing a compulsive relationship despite its disturbing effect. The dynamic developing between humans and the virtual apparatus becomes and is an epistemological mirror of the human consciousness and, thus, is uncanny in its nature.