About Face looks at alternative ways an exhibition can be created and received. Interactive and participatory works, both in the space and in the surrounding community, break down many of the often taken-for-granted aspects of how art is presented, how art is made and how the audience can relate to an exhibition.
Artwork will be shown not only in the temporarily occupied storefront at 215 E. Houston, but also on the streets of the surrounding neighborhood and in the virtual space of the Internet or a smartphone. Some works will endure for the time the space is open, for instance artist Maria Jose Arjona’s performance is designed around the duration of the exhibition, while others will last only a few hours as in Itziar Barrio’s outdoor blue-screen installation. The division between artist and audience is questioned in several works including Marinella Senatore’s community-produced film, Variations or paperJAM’s multi-media installation, Under Construction. Niklas Goldbach’s reinterpretation of Dan Graham’s Two Corrected Rotations deals with the autonomy of an artwork and the role of an artist. Alina and Jeff Bliumis offer Cultural Tips for New Americans in an installation on telephone kiosks and public spaces throughout lower Manhattan and Ed Purver’s Dropspots makes the public an urban curator. James Tunick invites audience participation with interactive software art and new media to create data visualization. Jason Gringler’s elucidates to the public the process of construction, destruction and reconstruction of materials. A panel discussion and workshop will take place, as well as other programming – including the muchanticipated concert collaboration on May 8th with “The Impossible Music Sessions,” featuring a performance by, The Casualty Process, whose music is censored in their native Iran.
No Longer Empty creates curated, site-specific art exhibitions within empty real estate, providing platforms for artists, revitalizing vacant spaces while presenting art to a wider public. More information about the exhibitions, events and programs are available at: www.nolongerempty.org, Facebook and Twitter.