“A Building with a View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture
In 1974, roughly two years before the founding of the CAC, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, together with a group of artists including many native to Southeastern Louisiana, coined the term Anarchitecture. A word used to title an exhibition, to describe a form of thinking, to bind a community of friends and artists, and to acknowledge space as a social and formal condition, Anarchitecture pointed to an interdisciplinary spirit of the times that helped usher in contemporary arts centers across the country and, significantly, here in New Orleans.
As we begin our commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the CAC, this exhibition also serves as a formal meditation on the concept of Anarchitecture, an elision of the words architecture and anarchy. This exhibition presents the work of regional artists who examine the relationships between spatial and social conditions.
The organization of the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp Street, in the former Katz & Besthoff (K&B) warehouses, serves as a demonstration of creative reuse and the power of space to articulate an image of the future. As we embark on a redevelopment of our own physical galleries, we imagine the next forty years of the CAC through the reinvention of historic forms and structures.
This exhibition is curated by Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, and organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.
Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working on interactive installations and performance video. She foregrounds the complexity of social relationships by making the familiar strange and interpreting everyday behaviors in performative ways. Hye Yeon's art has been showcased in The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C; Times Square, NY; Eyebeam, NY; The Tank; conflux, D.U.M.B.O. Art Festival, New York; FILE; SIGGRAPH; CHI; ISEA; E3 Expo; The Lab, San Francisco; and several festivals in China, Istanbul, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland.
Hye Yeon's work has been broadcast on the Discovery Channel (Canada) and LIVE TV show Good Day Sacramento, published in Leonardo Journal and featured in Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Makezine, Business Insider, Slashdot, Engadget, among other publications. She is currently an assistant professor in digital art at Louisiana State University.