OUTSIDE/IN at Southstreet Seaport in New York
Lines not only demarcate, they reveal intimacies between that which is bounded and its complement. Organised by Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology at South Seaport, the exhibition Outside/In highlights three artists whose work explores the porousness between the outside and inside, by examining how digital and other technological means tend to re-map spaces, both inner and outer. The sculptural installations of Mattia Casalegno, Torkwase Dyson, and Nancy Nowacek diagram the subtle ways these re-mappings occur.
Casalegno builds frames which integrate live webcam exchanges between strangers. They examine radical transformations of social relations in emergent digital platforms. Dyson presents a wall that doubles as a research station, in which she will examine local histories, from Wall Street’s slave market to the Seaport’s trading docks to the Financial District’s banking power. Nowacek creates deconstructions of the built environment. She nestles contemplative screens into arrangements of rough construction materials.
These works by Eyebeam Residents are examples of technology in an expanded sense: they are physical and conceptual tools by which we navigate and ultimately transform our contexts. This show will be followed by an exhibition Inside/Out, opening mid-November, which further examines the intricate geometries that link technology, culture and society, focusing on the externalization of that which is hidden.
Southstreet Seaport Culture District – 117 Beekman Street, Lower Manhattan (near Titanic Park)
2 October – 13 November 2015