Salt Lake City, UT - The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is pleased to present Air on the Go by Kristin Lucas, a multichannel video that investigates constant self-surveillance and the evolving technology for capturing, saving, and disseminating that content under the auspices of fostering a more connected virtual community.
Kristin Lucas is both subject and author of that content. By using small, HD video cameras, Lucas documents her leisurely walk through a neighborhood with each camera recording a particular movement or view of her mundane journey. The videos are displayed on a wall filled with monitors that overlap and hover over one another, overstimulating the audiences gaze. In the background, a soundtrack plays a monologue of phrases composed of online product reviews, technical forums, and other online feedback. Initially, Lucas sounds excited by the prospect of new technologies, but a feeling of uneasiness becomes apparent as the video progresses.
Lucas challenges the notion that technology, sharing, and connectedness create engaged communities. Rather, the effect of continual stimulus and oversharing lead to feelings of isolation and disappointment. Air on the Gofocuses on technology's ability to expand feelings of distance and how humanity is slowly being consumed by the internet.
About the Artist
Kristin Lucas was born in 1968 in Davenport, Iowa. She received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art, New York, in 1994, and an M.F.A. from Stanford University in 2006. Lucas has been awarded numerous artist-in-residencies through the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York; Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Space Program; the P.S.1 National Studio Program and Harvestworks, New York; and the ARCUS A.I.R. Program, Ibaraki, Japan, among others. During the summer and fall of 2000, Lucas participated in the World Views residency program on the 91st Floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 1, where she produced two major site-specific video works. View her work at UMOCA from Nov. 11 to Jan. 14 in the Codec Gallery.
Thank You to Our Air on the Go Supporters:
Salt Lake County's Zoo, Arts, and Parks
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
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