“Our kiss has gone viral, but why can’t it ever feel that good when I touch you offline?”
Romantic couples who maintain online presence face augmented challenges. The mediation of affection through ever-evolving technologies produces lovers bound to each other and their fans by a hunger for validation and popularity.
Following is a multi-media, online log that acts as commodity and correspondence between former lovers Mejico and Lumm, who ended their year-long relationship upon Lumm’s move to California. Following tracks the continued bloom and decay of love between the two artists indefinitely after their split through its resulting body of work. Join us (Mejico in person, Lumm via Skype from his new home in California) for a physical launch of the project’s site and a special live performance by Mejico. First 10 guests to arrive will receive Mixtape #1, a flash drive compilation of exclusive works, journal entries, and research documents, never to be posted on the site.
Graciously hosted by the Learning Machine. LearningMachine is a gallery and venue, run by a group of multidisciplinary artists, and located in the heart of Bridgeport. Aside from offering a space for emerging and under represented artists to present their work, LM aims to foster an environment that allows for the sharing of ideas and information through workshops and discussion groups.
Luis Mejico is a performance artist based in Chicago, Illinois. He has performed and exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Links Hall, Zhou Brothers Art Center, The Oak Park Art League, The Uptown Arts Center, and Jan Brandt Gallery, among others. He was a 2015 ACRE resident, and recently curated Lecturas, a poetry reading by Hispanic writers in Chicago to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in partnership with the Chicago Public Libraries.
Tyler Lumm is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. His photography has been featured by online publications including Eigengrau, Lintroller and Hyperallergic. He is currently enrolled in the MFA Photography and Media program at California Institute of the Arts.