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Experience It: Simon Fujiwara

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Mon, Oct 29, 2018
6–8 pm
Off-site location: The Lab
(free and open to the public)

Simon Fujiwara 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.

 Simon Fujiwara:  Joanne , 2016, mixed media installation with video projection (duration: 13:34 min., dimensions variable). Installation view: The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper

Simon Fujiwara: Joanne, 2016, mixed media installation with video projection (duration: 13:34 min., dimensions variable). Installation view: The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper

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.

Earlier Event: October 24
Amanda Hunt
Later Event: October 30
Simon Fujiwara