Mat Rappaport: range
@ Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Opening Wednesday, September 13th, from 6:30PM - 9:30PM
On view through Friday, October 20th
Chicago, IL – Artist Mat Rappaport will present Range, taking place at 1104 Wabash Ave. and the streets on and around Columbia College Chicago on September 15th 6:30pm – 9:30pm as part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial & Street Level Festival and October 20th 6:30pm – 9:30pm during the Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl. Range fragments the experience of the work of art, thereby creating multiple points/spaces of engagement for viewership. It engages the transient and mobile condition of much of our inter/action within the urban environment.
Utilizing a box truck, mounted with multiple external cameras, images from the surrounding environment will be live captured, mixed with pre existing video and projected onto a screen mounted in the back of the truck. The truck will make its way through the South Loop returning to this origin point every 8-10 minutes and will idle in this location before setting off again. Throughout, sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, the artist will “remix” the environment in real time, performing a moving intervention into architectural space; Range thus continues artist Mat Rappaport’s effort to shape the experience of urban environments through media-based interventions. As tenured Associate Professor of Interactive Arts and Media Department at Columbia College Chicago, a co-initiator of V1B3 (www.v1b3.com), and throughout his artistic career, Mr. Rappaport’s work has steadily sought to unearth the historically embedded, psychological and perceptual contingencies of the built environment. As an active, mobile intervention into lived architectural space, Range presents visitors to the Architectural Biennial with a shift toward a more enriched, layered experience of public space.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mat Rappaport’s artwork has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [www.v1b3.com], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions.
Rappaport’s photographic work is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. He has received fellowships from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Rappaport is an Associate Professor at Columbia College in Chicago.
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