Jack Toolin
Since 2002
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
Jack Toolin is an artist whose work spans new media, digital imaging, and performance. His currant body of work, White Collar, reflects upon the shifting status of Western financial power, and the increasingly ambivalent relationship white males have to that power, as technology, politics, and economics embolden globalization.

Toolin works both independently and collaboratively. He was a member of the new media art collective C5, 1997 - 2007, which investigated our relationship to technology, and technology's relationship to culture through data visualization, installation, performance expedition, photography, and video. C5's culminating project, Landscape Initiative, a suite of four interdisciplinary projects, explored navigation through and experience of topography as we become increasingly reliant upon technology. Perfect View, the project Toolin headed up, explored the sublime via 25 GPS locations around the U.S. This work was shown at Foxy Production in New York, the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, the San Jose Museum of Art, and will be exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in spring, 2010.

Toolin's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including San Francisco Camerawork; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002 Whitney Biennial); and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has lectured widely, at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley; the San Francisco Art Institute; Emerson College. Boston, MA; Kibla Mulitmedia Center, Maribor, Slovenia; the Museum of Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia; and the University of Split, Croatia. He is currently an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and the Polytechnic Institute at NYU.
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Perfect View


Dates:
Thu Aug 05, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jul 30, 2010

C5's Perfect View at the Chelsea Art Museum

Location: Project Room at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd St., New York
Dates: August 5-Sept 2
Opening reception: August 5, 6-8
Artist's Talk: August 26, 6-8, presented by Jack Toolin

Perfect View considers our perception of landscape in light of growing technological mediation brought about by digital technologies. GPS, satellite imaging, computer graphics, etc. allow us to preview, to navigate, to represent, and to conceptualize our experience of landscape in complex ways. How does this mediation affect the phenomenological experience of the natural environment? In what ways do these technologies enhance the experience of nature? Does their use somehow interfere with this experience? Are some forms of perception privileged over others due to their use?

Perfect View delves into our increasingly technological methods of exploring, evaluating, and sharing our experience of topography. While ostensibly about landscape imagery, Perfect View addresses parallels between technological and philosophical developments during the Enlightenment and modern technology. Not only does current technology enable multiple, simultaneous representations, it permits peer-to-peer sharing, linking vast geographic regions and cultural differences. Technology is often seen as antithetical to nature, Perfect View represents a respectably large community of users who engage with GPS technology precisely for the fascination of exploring little-known areas in the natural world.

Perfect View is one of four projects in the Landscape Initiative suite (2002-2005) by the art group C5, which was based in San José, CA, The other projects include Analogous Landscape, Other Path, and the C5 Media Player. The projects apply navigating and mapping technologies (as well as data mining techniques in some cases) as a basis for what will ultimately be a hybrid between technological and psychic experiences of landscape. Documentation of all projects can be seen at www.c5corp.com, and www.jacktoolin.com.