Opening Friday, July 19th, from 6 PM - 8:30 PM
On view through Sunday, July 28th
Reception with cocktails and food provided.
performance of digital poetics by Morgan Green at 7:15 pm
The multimedia exhibition lossless weightless is the culmination of Mana Contemporary Chicago’s inaugural New Media Residency, with participating artists-in-residence Jenna Boyles, Minsun Cho, Morgan Green, and Joo Young Lee. The exhibition represents a diverse range of disciplines, suggesting the vast expanse of New Media as a growing field. At the same time, all of the works illuminate and interrogate the evolution of social engagement, embedded in the flux of a techno-natural landscape. They employ novel media, including infrared sensors, linguistic algorithms, and computer-generated animation to inquire into issues from intimacy to climate change. Together, these works suggest the deep link between interpersonal relations, language, sense memory, reproducible technologies, and the future of life on earth.
The title suggests to fantasies of the digital age: reproduction without loss and content without weight.
lossless weightless runs from July 12–July 28, 2019
The New Media Program is dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of work focused on the intersection of art and technology. Through specialized residencies, exhibitions, programming, and online content across all Mana Contemporary locations, the program aims to foster new creative voices and involve the public in experimentation and innovation in the field.
Jenna Boyles works with textiles, circuitry, and found objects, applying craft techniques and a DIY approach to the subject of waste. Inspired by public trash and obsolete machines she is driven by a desire to collect and sort through both digital and physical refuse. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her practice includes research in electronic textiles, particularly soft circuitry, and is largely project-based. Her installations, costumes, and objects have appeared in galleries and performance venues, in parades and forests, and on rivers and beaches. Boyles is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Art and Technology Studies Department and adjunct assistant faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Art and Art History.
Minsun Cho was born in South Korea in 1989 and currently lives and works in Chicago. She received an MFA in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From traditional painting to interactive processes, Cho employs diverse materials and methods to focus on the concept of psychological intimacy within human relationships. Encouraging audiences to participate directly in her work, she strives to establish symbiotic communication.
Morgan Green is a writer and artist who works to illuminate patterns in our reading of words and bodies. Green’s recent works use computing to blur and scramble language, disrupting its inherent violence by rendering it abstract. Green holds an MFA from the Low-Residency program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has exhibited and performed at film festivals, galleries, and performance spaces across the United States, including at DOC NYC film festival and the Neutra VDL Research House, Los Angeles. She is also a contributor to Art21 Magazine.
Joo Young Lee is a multimedia artist based in Seoul and Chicago. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, New York, and participated in the BA program at Central Saint Martins, London. Using 3D animation, sculpture, and multichannel video installation, Lee investigates the dynamics of safety and fear, simulation and survival, fiction and documentary. Her focus is on contemporary urban environments, which she observes through the lenses of visual research, feminist theory, and media technology. Lee has exhibited at venues including Steuben Gallery and Galapagos Art Space, New York; Sullivan Galleries, EXPO CHICAGO and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Seoul Art Space Seogyo, Seoul. She has also participated in screenings at Daedalus Multimedia Art Festival, Mykonos; the Culture Station Seoul 284 and the Book Society, Seoul; and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago. Lee is the 2018 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Awardee of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, and the recipient of the 2017–18 Arts, Science + Culture Initiative Collaboration Grant from the University of Chicago.