Transnational Temps: Spill>>Forward, MediaNoche’s Gallery (New York, NY)

Transnational Temps Spill>>Forward

July 30 – September 21, 2010 (Extended to November 19, 2010)
Opening Reception: Friday, July 30, 6PM – 8PM
MediaNoche’s gallery space at 102nd Street / Park Ave., New York City
Artists talk: Wednesday, August 11, 6:30PM – 8PM

Exhibition running from July 30-September 21, 2010
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 3-7pm

Responding to what has been called the United States’ worst ever environmental crisis, the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico frames this forward-looking group exhibition. Following on the heels of a decidedly unsuccessful round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the months of news coverage of oil gushing into the Gulf have provoked widespread unease with business as usual. As BP desperately attempts to recover both the oil and its public image, artists and designers from around the world are wrestling with the question of sustainability in the aftermath of these shocking events.

The Deepwater Horizon accident coincided with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a custom that itself came about partly in response to the Union Oil Platform A oil spill in Santa Barbara (1969). That spill, relatively small in comparison, catalyzed an environmental movement and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. It remains to be seen what lessons and institutions may arise from this summer of junk shots and containment domes, but there can be little doubt that the stakes are high. The Gulf of Mexico, already reeling from deoxygenated ‘dead zones’ due to pollution arriving via the Mississippi River, now faces unprecedented ecological challenges stemming from both the oil and chemical dispersants. Moreover, these events call attention to the problem of fossil fuel dependency in this era of global warming. The passionate and incisive responses of contemporary artists, unencumbered by journalistic norms of decorum, are an opportunity to see these historic events through the eyes of others who are fed up with humanity’s unintended war on the environment.

As media attention wanes, the impact of British Petroleum’s Deep Horizon, off-shore drilling disaster continues to unfold. Artists worldwide respond to this new ecological catastrophe in a group show organized by Transnational Temps, an arts collective exploring the interstices of art, ecology and technology. For Andy Deck, one of the founding members of Transnational Temps and the curator of the show, “After a decidedly unsuccessful round of climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico frames this exhibition of Earth Art for the 21st Century.”

Now hidden from view by BP’s media campaigns and other de facto censoring actions, the images of oil-covered birds struggling to breathe and fly, oil and dispersant-coated fish, dolphins and whales washing up dead while most sink to the ocean floor, have all but vanished. Partially filling the void are the artists showing here who are recreating topographies: mapping the course of a deadly shadow over our shores and waters; and reinterpreting the sea, its rising levels and largesse, before the vicissitudes of man and nature.

MediaNoche is the place where art, technology and community converge. We offer artists working in new media exhibition space and residencies in order to provoke a dialogue that blurs all lines of marginality and alterity. Unique among art and technology groups, MediaNoche is directly linked to the oldest Latino community of New York City, Spanish Harlem, and has showcased a roster of local and international new media artists.

Fred Adam
Jesus Andres
Matusa Barros
Chris Basmajian
Eric Benson
Sarah Boothroyd
Collette Broeders
Sabina Antón Cardenal
Guillermo Hermosilla Cruzat
Christopher Dascher
Sereal Designers
Maria-Gracia Donoso
Jessica Eik
Terri Garland
Alex George
Tim Geers
Virginia González
Gene Gort
Gratuitous Art Films
Henry Gwiazda
Andrew E. Johnson
Adrienne Klein
Geoffrey Michael Krawczyk
Irad Lee
Adrián Madrid
Patrick Mathieu
Cristina Osuna Migueles
Luke Munn
Veronica Perales
Ume Remembers
Russell Ritell
Alyce Santoro
Skwarek and Hocking
Susanne Slavick
UBERMORGEN.COM and P. W. Teister

Transnational Temps is an international arts collective concerned with ecology, sustainability, and media. Since its formation in 2001 it has produced a series of critically acclaimed works and exhibitions under the banner Earth Art for the 21st Century. Working primarily from Europe and the United States, works to date have emphasized participation, tactical media, and spanning the sometimes awkward divide between activist advocacy and aesthetics.

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