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Experience It: Rosa Barba

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Mon, Nov 19, 2018
6–8 pm
Off-site location: The Lab
(free and open to the public)

Rosa Barba in conversation with James Voorhies as part of CCA’s Experience It series at The Lab. 

Immersive exhibitions that stimulate multiple senses—hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, even smelling—are common in contemporary art today. Museums, galleries, biennials, and art fairs are presenting work by artists who interweave objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into dense, enveloping environments. These presentations physically implicate viewers in orchestrated situations, both inside and outside the institution, where art and ideas coalesce through the direct experience of space and time. Often complex in the making, the work requires artists and their studios to corral a range of skilled resources to produce something well beyond the expertise and confines of an artist’s studio.

This development speaks to the changing characteristics of the artist figure—manager and artistic director, negotiator and administrator—in reaction to expectations of art institutions and audiences who crave more experiential engagement with contemporary art. 

Experience It is a conversation series about this shift. In dialogue with visiting artists, the series examines, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site. The format includes conversations between each artist and curator and art historian James Voorhies, as well as viewings of film clips, performances, and images of their work. Experience It aims to reveal why artists choose their given artistic approaches, how institutions support them, and how they imagine their audiences as integral to the art, ultimately arriving at a better understanding of the “it” in the work.

 Rosa Barba,   Solar Flux Recordings, 2017; metal, color glass filters, and engraved plates. Installation view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Photo: Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores © Rosa Barba

Rosa Barba, Solar Flux Recordings, 2017; metal, color glass filters, and engraved plates. Installation view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Photo: Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores © Rosa Barba

Experience It is a conversation series about immersive exhibitions that stimulate multiple senses⎯hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, even smelling⎯examining, among other things, the social and architectural conditions of an exhibition site.

Later Event: November 20
Rosa Barba