A|UM Suture.2

December 10, 2005 6:00 pm to January 7, 2006

Opening: Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 6pm
Exhibition dates: December 10 - January 7, 2006

Suture video still

From December 10, 2005 to January 7, 2006, a|Um STUDIO will be exhibiting a networked installation at two sites, two miles apart. From the TELIC Gallery in Chinatown, SUTURE.2 will begin to control certain aspects of SUTURE, which has been installed since November 18 at the downtown SCI-Arc Gallery (960 E 3rd St). At TELIC, visitors can remotely alter parameters in the programming environment of SUTURE, observe the results, and embed themselves as participants in the project, creating another channel of feedback by which the project becomes autonomously intelligent.
Suture video still

The concept of ‘suture’, a key term in film theory, is reconfigured in a|Um STUDIO’s installation to propose a new architectural body created through event, gesture and temporality. Informed by a contemporary reconsideration of cinematic and architectural affect, the installation uses digital video as a critical lens and interface to expose the relations between humans and their environment. The two-part SUTURE project creates new forms of sense and of agency through autonomous feedback loops within the media assemblage, embedding the visitor in an intricate relational structure of gestures, objects, events, materials, and urban infrastructures, allowing them to actively reshape space and event.

“Every image, in fact, is animated by an antinomic polarity: on the one hand, images are the reification and obliteration of a gesture…. on the other hand, they preserve the dynamis intact [as in Muybridge’s snapshots or in any sports photograph.] The former corresponds to the recollection seized by voluntary memory, while the latter corresponds to the image flashing in the epiphany of involuntary memory. And while the former lives in magical isolation, the latter always refers beyond itself to a whole of which it is a part… The gesture… opens the sphere of ethos as the more proper sphere of that which is human… [and] is communication of a communicability.”

Giorgio Agamben, Means Without End.