May 27th 2017

Ben Gould and Nick Grasso: Do Comets Bring The Death Of Kings?

@ Adler & Floyd

3537 S. Western Blvd #5, Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Saturday, May 27th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, June 17th

Do comets bring the death of kings? is a kind of expedition, a means of learning more about the tools we possess. Not just the tools of our bodies, but the tools of our environment–things that are literally a part of us, and things that are not. This project is a way of finding balance between limitations and necessity, presence in a world that moves quickly.

Badwater Basin, part of Death Valley, in Inyo County, CA is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Vertigo and dizziness are caused by calcium carbonate rockslides in the inner ear. Some animals in the desert can go their whole lives without drinking water; all the hydration they need is derived from the plants they consume.

Inalienable facts like these ground our experience in an alien landscape. They provide a structure for estimates and predictions. Like world-building in a novel, or performing an experiment in a lab, our project sets in motion a mechanism with limited variables. This offers the opportunity for experience with fresh eyes; generating new perspectives, new laws, and re-establishing the present.

In this installation, there is a video, and there are objects. Each element is an instance of learning. Materials flow between these elements without hierarchy, sharing molecular compositions and occupying mutable forms. What we see respects an experience, affirms our presence in this apartment, and embodies a malleable whole.

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