Entanglements challenges both the logical and emotional connections between us and our technology. The tensions that surface from these dynamics are often all encompassing; they seep deeply into every aspect of the human condition. Through accepting that technology is an integral part of our lives, we explore what it means to have a relationship with it.

This show is a collaboration between the curators and the artists in which we create a space where electronics, wires, and artworks are deliberately installed to visualize the complexities and closeness of the human/technology relationship. We are reminded of the global connection that technology can bring with works such as Erin Gee’s “Laughing Web Dot Space” website where visitors are invited to record their laughter and join in with a chorus of other laughs belonging to other survivors of sexual violence. Jen Kutler also uses the power of human connection as her piece “The Other” is a polyphonic textural synthesizer driven by skin contact between two people. The system is able to recognize very subtle changes in pressure and movement, so when two people touch fingertips what comes out of the speaker is a synthesis of physical connection.

The show also explores the very complicated ways in which there is a mutual balance of power and reveals the ways in which the power of destruction can hide beneath the surface of the interface. With works such as Snow Xu’s “Perfecthuman Harasser,” a machine that catcalls human passersby, we see that because we humans are the creators of the machines, our biases show up in the development of technology and can cause more harm on groups that already experience social disadvantages.

Through the dynamic conversations of all of the pieces we invite the visitors to take an experiential walk through our take of contemporary relationships with technology.

01.26.2019 The Yards Gallery
Photographer: Micki Harris

07.21.2018 Digital Art Demo Space
Photographer: Jordyn Belli

Murmurs and Palpitations is a show about ritualized processes of healing and understanding. The show confronts the politics of navigating emotional responses within an environment of virtuality by directly remediating our lived experiences. The pieces in this show pose the question of the dynamic between intimate and immersive media and the ontological self, as experienced through multiple senses and ritualistic gestures. Interpreting Murmurs and Palpitations as sensory and experiential - living electronics - listening to the pulses and vibrations of the works, as they change rhythm through the practice of their language, their breath, the sound and smells of their environment.
murmuring of screens, of bodies
living electronics, low, soft voices
breathing && quivering
incoming messages && touches
exercise in the form of repetitive motions

01.10.2018 TCC Gallery Chicago
Photographer: Jordyn Belli

For Her Environment #5: Public Pool we gathered together artists with unique perspectives on new media and invited them to work with us collaboratively to create a shared environment. Public Pool is about the process of collaboration. A place where ideas are transferred, and stripped down. Pools are gritty in nature, but are also visually reflective and pristine bodies of water. The work in this show responds to the transfer of our personal reflections that we are sharing with our fellow artists and the community.

01.25 - 02.08.2017 TCC Gallery Chicago
Photographer: Carolina Poveda

Impossible Biology is the 3rd installment of the Her Environment Series. This theme explores myths about what happens inside of your body, social constructs made up about your physical or mental body, fables about the processes of earth and nature, and technologies that interpret nature. Many established scientific theories have been disproven as philosophies and ideologies change.

05.26.2016 Archer Beach Haus
Photographer: Emily Esperanza

Dreams and Machines both share the mechanics of repetition. Machines externalize physical labor and dreams externalize our internal labor both through the means of repetition. Our subconscious minds read into objects, people, and ideas and repurpose them to expose new meanings. Within feminist art practice machines can be used as a means of critiquing systems of labor and production. Dreams provide a subversion of utilitarian ideals by existing in the realm of the impossible. Mika Rottenburg and Ramadios Varo work with visual language of machinery to express ideas about the impossible and the absurd. We are looking for work that uses utilitarian and mechanical structures towards impossible and absurd ends.

08.16 - 08.30.2016 TCC Gallery Chicago
Photographer: Carolina Poveda

each of two or more words having the same spelling but different meanings,
each of two words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling (e.g., to, too, and two); a homophone.
misenterpretations, double entendres, visual puns and things that are different than they first appear.

03.09.2016 Comfort Station Logan Square
Photographer: Cory Malnarick