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Augmented Realities: Stamps Gallery's "Taking a Stand" features multimedia, 3D, and interactive installations

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:00pm by christopherporter

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micha cárdenas, Redshift Portalmetal, 2015 (installation view)

The Stamps Gallery's Taking a Stand exhibition opened on January 17 with a reception that featured a performance by Detroit artist Sacramento Knoxx along with Bianca Millar and White Feather Woman.

Photos from the reception show viewers engaging with 3D films, augmented reality, interactive drawings, and more through the works of artists micha cárdenas, Oliver Husain, Elizabeth LaPensée, Meryl McMaster, and Syrus Marcus Ware.

Taking a Stand curator Srimoyee Mitra writes:

The collectivist impulse of the projects recast the gallery as a catalyst, a site of action and possibility for urgent and meaningful dialogue on culture and politics. The immersive and interactive installations don’t just represent social concerns from our cosmopolitan present, they delve into playful and poetic exchanges with public audiences on empathy and decoloniality to imagine just and equitable futures. Drawing on the themes of science fiction, artists in the exhibition invite audiences to time travel, blurring fact with fiction, weaving fantastical narratives and desires with ancestral knowledge, collective memories, and stories from their natural and urban environments. They acknowledge the vitality of recuperating Indigenous, migrant, and LGBTQI subjectivities and practices to better understand how to heal our damaged planet.

The exhibition runs through February 29 and includes a number of related events:

See photos from the opening-night reception by Nick Beardslee:

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Curator Srimoyee Mitra opens the Taking a Stand exhibition.

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Jennifer Conlin and Daniel Rivkin reading Activist Love Letters, a participatory piece by artist Syrus Marcus Ware.

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micha cárdenas, Sin Sol/ No Sun, 2018- ongoing (installation view)

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Oliver Husain, Isla Santa Maria 3D, 2016 (installation view)

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Stamps Gallery assistant Moteniola Ogundipe writes on the participatory wall that invites audience members to share but asks, "What are your pronouns?"

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White Feather Woman performs at the Taking a Stand opening.

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Detroit artist Sacramento Knoxx provided the music for a collaborative performance with Bianca Millar and White Feather Woman.

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Syrus Marcus Ware, Activist Love Letters, 2012- ongoing (installation view)


Taking a Stand is at Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor, through February 29. Visit stamps.umich.edu for gallery hours and more information.

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