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We Become Each Other’s Unmakers

Justin Botz

video piece by yunji Johanning

video piece by yunji Johanning

Last Friday was the opening for the cross-departmental collaborative show We Become Each Other’s Unmakers, which explores  “The simultaneous growth and decomposition of ideas, tensions, and structures” as it relates to collaboration, and features work from artists, Ej Alexander, BJ Allen, Alex Borgen, Ahmed Hamad, Penelope Hearne, Megan Louise Pitcher, Valentina Vella, Daniel Scott Parker, and Julyn Wilderson.

Installation by BJ Allen

Installation by BJ Allen

Last fall the university approached students from the Interdisciplinary Arts department as well as from the Department of Creative Writing to put together a group show for the 5th installment in Columbia’s Collaborative Exhibition Series, which pair students from two disciplines to work together to create a collaborative exhibition. This was the first exhibition to focus on graduate collaborative work. The C33 gallery on the corner of Congress and Wabash not only served as the site of the exhibition but also the collaborative laboratory for the artists involved to develop their ideas.

Still from Video by Ahmad Hamad

Still from Video by Ahmad Hamad

Over the course of the last few months the artists went through a process of sharing material with each other to be “unmade” over and over again. In so doing they sought to “explore, challenge, and/or redefine the concept of intellectual ownership.”  There were a number of showings of works in progress since the fall which allowed audience members to see how the works were evolving.

Performance by Penelope Hearne 12

Performance by Penelope Hearne 12

The show came together wonderfully and featured performances and presentations from the artist involved. On April 10th at 7pm there will be another chance to hear from some of the artists involved at the Interarts Salon at 7pm in the Raw Space, and on April 11th at 7pm artists Alex Borgen, Penelope Hearne, Daniel Scott Parker, and Megan Pitcher will present an evening of immersive performances which will be free, kid friendly and open to the public.  The show will remain up in the C33 gallery till May 2nd.

Paper and performance collaboration by Alex Borgen and Megan Pitcher

Paper and performance collaboration by Alex Borgen and Megan Pitcher

Video collaboration by Daniel Scott Parker and Julynn Wilderson

Video collaboration by Daniel Scott Parker and Julynn Wilderson

We become each others unmakes

We become each others unmakes

We Become Each Other’s Unmakers

Last Friday was the opening for the cross-departmental collaborative show We Become Each Other’s Unmakers, which explores  “The simultaneous growth and decomposition of ideas, tensions, and structures” as it relates …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
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