Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Elaine Gan: Rice Child (Stirrings)

This installation is part of ongoing research that attempts to mix visual and cognitive tools to articulate different kinds of materialisms, and thus, different sets of questions.

Rice Child (Stirrings) asks: what is the work of art in an unprecedented age of violent dispossessions and mass extinctions? Solutions to environmental and socioeconomic crises propose more management, faster development. This installation is part of ongoing research that attempts to mix visual and cognitive tools to articulate different kinds of materialisms, and thus, different sets of questions. It speculatively maps specific varieties of rice circulating as technologies that scaffold/unfold multilayered and downright messy webs of local-global, historic-contemporary, human-nonhuman co-patternings. By focusing on entanglements that emerge from small grains of rice, this proposes a tool for navigating worlds otherwise.

Year: 
2011