Flux @ Caos Gallery
923 F Street NW
October 20, 2012
Reception at 7PM
The nexus of mobility has been arguably actualized in the 21st century. In a societe contemporain, access to the world around us is seemingly within a click of a mouse. Whether one is booking tickets to an exclusive destination half-way around the world, or quelling a case of wanderlust with Google Earth; access to information, and more specifically, locales, is increasing exponentially with the advancement of technology. For some, to freely move around is a treasured luxury, yet a laborious, dangerous act for others. Flux will explore the politics of passage as it relates to movement. Social mobility. Forced migration. Geographical travel. Gentrification and displacement.
The cultural assemblages of performance artist Nyugen Smith offer a conceptual departure from other works. Smith’s video performances construct a visual framework to navigate contemporary concerns with colonialism in the West Indies and Africa. In Americans, Mandy Cano Villalobos presents a fragmented narrative of three Latin American immigrant families and their relocation experiences. Chukwuma Agubokwu’s performance in Metro-Sketch: Thank You Come Again explores movement hyper-locally; the short video piece unveils the negotiation of interpersonal relationships on the DC Metrorail system.
Flux champions the crucible of mobility and access- technology, to magnify the bifurcated effects of globalization, regulated movement and in some cases, social stagnancy. More poignantly, Flux employs the gaze of other-ed individuals to make document existing social attitudes about the power and agency associated with physical, social, and psychological change.
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Jessica N. Bell