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Suspended Animation

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Hope and Change, 2015 Still © Courtesy of the artist; 47 Canal, New York; and Candace Barasch
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Still from “I Am the Mouth” © Courtesy of the Artist and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Suspended Animation

Independence Ave. @ Seventh St. SW
20013-7012 Washington
DC
US
February 10th, 2016 - March 12th, 2017

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://hirshhorn.si.edu
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
hmsginquiries@si.edu
PHONE:  
202-633-1000
OPEN HOURS:  
Daily 10-5:30 (except Dec 25); Plaza open 7:30-5:30
TAGS:  
animation, digital, video-art

DESCRIPTION

Suspended Animation brings together six artists who use digitally generated images as a tool to question conceptions of reality: Ed Atkins, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Josh Kline, Helen Marten, and Agnieszka Polska. Their immersive environments confront the viewer with the actualities of the digital age, such as the dissolution of privacy, the digitization of identity, and the impact of a hyperreal virtual world on tangible physical experience.

“Technologically produced images increasingly influence and define our lives,” said Gianni Jetzer, the exhibition’s curator and the Hirshhorn’s curator-at-large. “The greater use of animation by artists mirrors directly this radical shift in our culture.”

Rather than mimicking the real, animation now challenges human consciousness and aesthetic perception. Reality is no longer the benchmark for the imperfect image, but rather the animated image provides the measure for an imperfect reality.

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