CURRENCY | New Media Gallery

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Event Category: Exhibitions

  • May 9-10   Panel Discussion, Artist Talk + Closing Reception

    …desire is present wherever something flows and runs, carrying along with it interested subjects—but also drunken or slumbering subjects…                                                                                                Gilles Deleuze
    Christa Sommerer + Laurent Mignonneau
    Jonathan Monaghan
    Byron Peters
    Daniel McKewen

    Seven artists consider multiple narratives and symbolic systems that speak to contemporary notions and perceptions of currency,  in a rapidly changing world of technology.  These six works reflect the seductive, volatile and sometimes problematic relationships that have developed around currency & value in the early 21st century.

    Currency represents a symbolic system of exchange (such as shells, tokens, tulips or money) as well as a way of being current in the world.  If something ‘has currency’ it has become relevant in some way, and has acquired a certain consensus of value in society.  The Latin root speaks to a sense of flowing from one place to another; for example, two currents of water combining and moving forward in a stream ‘become current’.  Currency is also commonly understood as something circulated; a medium of exchange.  Currencies normally exist within strict boundaries and it is these boundaries that denote value.  But, as the works in this exhibition suggest, value and boundaries can change quickly; become contradictory and ephemeral, incorporating liminal notions of place or time.


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