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Thursday, April 2, 2020
6:00 PM


Logan Center, Screening Room 201




Arts and Science Intiative


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. 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.​ 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.