Autumn Ahn: VOY(AGE)UR

Stream Gallery is proud to present Voy(age)ur, by Autumn Ahn, a series of video and live streaming performances using Google Hangouts to explore the limitations of embodied sensation in Internet communication. 

Using Internet video to suspend sensation, Ahn makes reference to social behaviors, the distinction between public versus private space, and the abstraction of physical life through the dynamic use of Google Hangouts performances. Voy(age)ur explores the role of the observer through performance, multimedia documentation, and ritualized traditions in visual communication from theatre, advertising, religion, and language. 

YouTube, Google Hangout and other Internet-based streams host a variety of insular communication. Sensory perception is deprived—disembodying your physical experience, leaving you alone. Due to the lack of other sensory modes of perception, Internet communication has evolved to augment text and visual cues as its dominant forms. The images and interactions the artist encounters in the foreign environment are recounted in performance. During her recent residency in Istanbul, Ahn, the voyeur/voyageur, harnessed the same lack of language cues, relying on her other bodily sensations to understand her interactions. Ahn’s second-handed experiences become a narrative to guide material selection, arrangement and actions. 

Inhabiting STREAM as a new foreign space, she will perform durational installations for her show. Beginning with the opening reception on November 6, her performances will physically respond to documentation of her streams from Istanbul and her surrounding environment. By using it as her only means of social interaction, Google Hangouts acts as a voyeur in publicly revealing her personalized rituals. Addressing new language, call + response interactivity will employ physical sensations, sound, and visual feed to generate dialogue.

Autumn Ahn holds a degree in oil painting from Boston University. Ahn was an artist-in-residence for Art Basel Miami and at the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture in Greece. She has been invited to speak for TEDx. Her work has been reviewed by the Miami Design District, The Boston Globe, and commissioned by Converse, Diesel, Nike, Pitchfork Music Festival, Le Trabendo, 0fr., Paravion Press, OAK, Vitaminwater, and more. Ahn is based in NYC. 

The exhibition will run from Thursday, November 6th to Sunday, November 16th, at Stream Gallery on 1196 Myrtle Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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