Curated by Tessa Bachi Haas
(inside the Crane Arts Building)
1400 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
MAY 7 - 28, 2022
RECEPTION MAY 6 FROM 7 - 9PM
SECOND THURSDAY CATALOG LAUNCH MAY 12 FROM 5 - 9PM
OPEN HOURS ~ SATURDAYS 12 - 5PM AND BY APPOINTMENT
HARD MEDIUM SOFTWARE explores materiality of digital mediation and materializations of labor through formal sites of physical and digital space. Gleaning the ruins of the recently-demolished 12th Street Gym, a former site of ritualized communion, bodybuilding, and cruising for queer Philadelphians, Gentile reconciles an absent site within the walls of AUTOMAT. Making everyday, ubiquitous symbols precious, Vasudevan hand-draws a series Quick Response (QR) codes, testing boundaries between human and machine through the laborious practice of inserting her own eyes and hands into a traditionally digital generation process. Engaging analog and digital media, HARD MEDIUM SOFTWARE invites new ways of encountering seemingly-quotidian sites and their meanings.
Accompanying the exhibition is a 74 page catalog, with contributions by Nicolo Gentile, Tessa Haas, Roopa Vasudevan, and Tannon Reckling, designed by Nicky Rhodes, and edited by Haas. The catalog is made possible by the Judson-Morrisey Excellence in New Media grant, awarded by the New Media Caucus, an affiliate society of the College Art Association.
VIEW THE CATALOG HERE.
TO PURCHASE A HAND-BOUND PRINT COPY ($40+SHIPPING), PLEASE CLICK HERE.
DOWNLOAD THE GALLERY MAP HERE.