HARD MEDIUM SOFTWARE
May 6 from 7-9pm
Second Thursday Catalog Launch:
May 12 from 5-9pm
Saturdays 12-5pm and by appointment
May 7, 2022 - May 28, 2022
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.
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DOWNLOAD THE GALLERY MAP HERE.