May 8th 2020

Jurassic Warp

@ Ground Level Platform

Opening Friday, May 8th, from 7:30PM - 9:30PM

On view through Friday, April 10th

ACRE Projects and Ground Level Platform are pleased to announce Jurassic Warp, a browser-based experience created by residents KT Duffy and María Luisa Sanín Peña.

Site goes live Friday, May 8th, 7:30pm CT

Reception hangouts:
Friday, May 8th | 7:30-9:30pm CT
Saturday, May 9th | 11am-2pm CT

A few years ago the practice of mindfulness was reaching its peak. Allegedly a cure-all for mental ailments, mindfulness asked us to focus intensely on the moment. During COVID-19, mindfulness seems to be the only way to exist: paying close attention to the minutiae of our bodies. The experience of time becomes altered, stuck in this perpetual, Groundhog-day, present tense.

Through a series of VR spaces, Jurassic Warp takes the form of waiting rooms in both a literal and abstract sense. The concept of waiting, so relevant in our current moment, distills time to its bare essence by asking us to observe the process of it passing.

KT Duffy’s digital environments are colorful transmedia mashups, asking the viewer to imagine alternate forms that arise when the embodied experience of time collapses. María Luisa Sanín Peña’s videos re-imagine the dinosaur game that activates on Google Chrome when there is no Internet connection, and utilizes this moment of non-productivity as a perpetual narrative.


KT Duffy is a new media artist and educator from Chicago’s southwest side. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and are currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University.

Working in the space between labor and automation, Duffy conjures entities into existence via code-based processes and digital fabrication. These entities fuse the aesthetics of digital devices with organic forms to speculate on a future modality where no entity is bound to a singular reality, expression, or substance. Their work spans a wide range of formats, including, but not limited to, installations, animations, sculptural pieces, prints, interactive web works, and AR/VR.

María Luisa Sanín Peña received a Foundation Degree in Art & Design at Central Saint Martin’s and a BA in Fine Arts in Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, United Kingdom. Their art practice deals with hierarchies of taste and knowledge. They work with the distortion and editing of appropriated material from popular culture, as well as with the collection and intervention of discarded technological artifacts. These practices, coupled with the construction of installation-based environments, seek to create self-contained worlds with elements of our media landscape: referential, but strange. The works aim to reconstruct contemporary society from its most banal elements: celebrity culture, memes, colloquialisms, garbage.

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