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Exhibition Detail
Synthetic Ritual
Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

September 28th, 2011 - December 9th, 2011
September 28th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Untitled (Weeping Video), Marco RiosMarco Rios, Untitled (Weeping Video),
2010, Video, Continuous loop
Journey To The Lower World, Marcus CoatesMarcus Coates, Journey To The Lower World,
2004, Single-channel video, 30 minutes
I Describe The Way And Meanwhile I Am Proceeding Along It–Studio, Meris AngiolettiMeris Angioletti,
I Describe The Way And Meanwhile I Am Proceeding Along It–Studio,
2009, Single-channel video installation
The Sea Is A Stereo, Let\'s Not Swim Then!, Mounira Al SolhMounira Al Solh,
The Sea Is A Stereo, Let's Not Swim Then!,
2007-2008, Video, 50 minutes
Compressed Ceramic Powder #2, Amir YatzivAmir Yatziv, Compressed Ceramic Powder #2,
2007, Single-channel video installation, 6 minutes
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san gabriel valley
909-607-3143 (Ciara Ennis)
Tuesday-Friday noon-5 p.m.
Claremont Colleges, Pitzer College
photography, digital, installation, video-art, performance, sculpture

Synthetic Ritual brings together a number of Los Angeles and international contemporary artists working in a variety of media including installation, painting, performance, and video. The artists explore the idea of ritual as a faith-based activity that can be validated only within certain contexts—for example sport, religion and artistic practice—and cannot be rationally proven or substantiated.

The exhibition examines the presence of ritual and superstition in our professional and personal lives and asks why, in such an advanced and sophisticated technological and cyber driven world, ritual still occupies such an important and dominant role. Exploring the three central themes of ritual in relation to sport, religion, and artistic practice the artists provide refreshing and surprising commentary on ritualized behavior in the 21st century.

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