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"I Need Some Space to Think" at the DCCA

  • Location:
    Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, US

Chris Basmajian is a new media artist who creates provocative
interactive sculptural works that utilize custom computer software and
proximity sensors to generate a dialogue about humanity’s elusive
search for knowledge and truth. For his exhibition at the DCCA, the
artist focuses on the subject of space as a site for a philosophical
discussion of vision, systems of knowledge, and information. He
specifically probes astrology, astronomy, and the media’s representation
of information to literally and metaphorically depict hindsight,
reality, superstition, and hubris through the medium of technology,
mirrors, and distorted screens. Basmajian also exploits photography and
video-projection as devices to re-frame our image of space, from the
psychological to the intergalactic. Rather than accepting received
wisdom—from zodiac readings to NASA’s space program—the artist draws
upon electronic and imagebased media to query the personal and cultural
motivation to interpret the stars or tame the “wild” universe. In a
larger sense, Basmajian allows us to visualize human folly from the
privileged perspective of the present, reminding us that truth is
subjective and perpetually shifting in time.
-Maiza Hixson, Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art