Los Angeles - compactspace is pleased to present feeling Feelings, a group exhibition on view from December 10th 2009 to January 19, 2010. feeling Feelings will feature performative, time-based and site-specific artworks examining the significance of affect in contemporary culture. Participating artists include Barb Choit, Megan Cotts, Mariechen Danz, Ian James, Andrea Merkx, Julie Orser, Matthew Siegle, Clarissa Tossin and Brica Wilcox. The exhibition is organized by artists Meghann McCrory and Ali Prosch.
feeling Feelings frames affect as a means to investigate the immediacy of emotive response to cultural production. The exhibition creates a space in which to reconsider the manipulation of feeling on the scale of the personal and the social. Employing a range of strategies, the works address the territory of affect through explorations of Hollywood cinema, religious reverie, pop music, pharmaceuticals and historical monuments.
New York-based artist Andrea Merkx will present her new work "Rio in MIDI" during the opening reception. A performance that takes the shape of a lecture, it attempts to revile the rigid technological restrictions of the MIDI format, standardized in 1983, through the pop hit Rio, by Duran Duran, released in the same year. By highlighting the different affective qualities in several versions of Rio, she explores the role that the MIDI format had in shaping a technological shift to digital sound and its implications on the way we experience music.
compactspace Los Angeles and its sister space in Geneva, Switzerland are part of the compactspace collective started 2003 in Berlin. compactspace Los Angeles opened 2004 in LA’s Pico-Union district and has recently re-located to historic downtown LA, where they promote a multi-media arts program that features emerging and mid-career artists. compactspace LA is made possible by the contributions of the University of California San Diego’s Visual Arts Department.