CANCELED: Ellie Ga: Film screening and discussion
April 2, 2020
Logan Center Screening Room 201
Free and open to the public, but space is limited
The Arts, Science, + Culture Initiative and the Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts are pleased to welcome artist Ellie Ga, who will present a screening version of her video installation Gyres 1-3. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist about her artistic trajectory and working method.
In oceanography, gyres (gyros, Greek: a circle, a ring) are a combination of winds and currents that produce orbital patterns in the ocean. Debris is often caught in these gyres, and sometimes this debris is released by the gyre and washes up ashore. weaves interconnected narratives focusing on the diverse objects which wash ashore. Gyres 1-3 is made up of hundreds of transparent photographs filmed on two light tablets, and a voice-over narrative by the artist which moves through a range of experiences, conversations, and geographies. We hear stories about an oceanographer who uses debris from container spills to map the circulation of the Pacific Ocean’s gyre. Similarly, debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan is used to reconstruct how invasive species have made transoceanic crossings. In Gyres, the viewer encounters stories and objects from forced migrations across the Aegean Sea. We hear about rituals of launching messages in bottles and the offering of metal shoes to appease the Archangel Michael on these same Greek islands. People end up on far-away shores only to be told that they don’t belong. Through this new work, Ellie Ga explores how flotsam can speak of what is left behind and what resurfaces time and time again. Gyres 1-3 was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
ELLIE GA is a New York-born, Stockholm-based artist whose immersive, wide-ranging investigations include charting of the quotidian in the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean and exploring the submerged ruins of the ancient lighthouse of Alexandria. In performances and video installations, Ga’s braided narratives intertwine extensive research with first-hand experiences that often follow uncertain leads and take unexpected turns. Ga is the author of Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press, New York) and North Was Here (Ugly Duckling Presse). Ga was a recent recipient of a three-year Swedish Research Council artistic research grant. Her work is in the public collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo; FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon; Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Hannebauer Collection, Berlin; the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Ga is a co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn.
May 4, 2020, 6pm
Oscar Tuazon and Dylan Miner
Water Project: Research and Cultural Production
Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Free and open to the public
We welcome artists Oscar Tuazon and Dylan Miner to the UChicago campus to discuss their shared interest in and collaboration on the issue of water. For EXPO Chicago 2018, the two artists collaborated on a printmaking project that wove together concerns with water, land, and indigenous rights.