The “At A Distance” project was originally concieved as a way of connecting the arts community in Wichita, Kansas to a variety of contemporary art practices from other parts of the world.
The Artist A.P. Vague, then faculty at Wichita State University, created the first iteration of this exhibition in 2017, which featured work by artists from six different countries, none of whom had previously exhibited in Kansas.
An international call for artists was sent out inviting artists to propose works which would be made in the artists’ absence; participants were asked to provide instructions only. The term “instructions” was left open to broad interpretation.
Submissions were chosen by a selection committee based primarily on how closely each proposal examined the complexity of working at a distance, with the concept of “distance” also subject to interpretation. The committee was specifically looking for projects that engaged with the concepts of collaboration, communication, and process in compelling ways. The resulting exhibitions presents work that questions or comments on the role of author, de-emphasized egos, and suggests that collective authorship may exemplify connectedness as inherently conditional to the the process of making.
Each artist challenged the committee in their own ways, with some projects opening myriad questions regarding materials and the communication of content. The final form of each of the works was fabricated without the artists present and represents only one possible response to the submitted “instructions”.
Artists: Kioto Aoki, Santina Amato, Bruce Barber, Caitlin Coco, Gary Duehr, R.J. Harrington, Tracie Hayes, Hannah Hirsekorn, Christalena Hughmanick, N. Adriana Knouf, Xiaohan Li, Jacob Lunderby, Ellen Muller, Sunita Mukhi, Lauren Sudbrink, The Mutual Society of Arts, Yasen Vasilev Raymond Yeager.
Selection Committee: Peter Fleps, Angela Lopez, Matt Martin, Dieter Roelstraete, Alisa Swindel, Udita Upadhyaya