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LOOK 101: Seeing Art in an Instagram World

The Art of Gideon Mendel

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Geared toward undergraduate students and focusing on the current exhibitions at the Institute for the Humanities, this contemporary series of discussions offers a fresh take on the basics of looking and evaluating art in the gallery and how it’s organized, making the connection from the traditional “white cube gallery” to iGen visual worlds like Facebook and Instagram. Lunch will be served. Today: How to look at the art of Gideon Mendel with Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak.

About the exhibition:

This five-channel video installation titled "Floodlines" is the culmination of the video element of Drowning World, South African photographer Gideon Mendel's on-going project exploring the human dimension of climate change by focusing on floods across geographical and cultural boundaries.

"Floodlines" explores the tension between the frozen photographic moment and the perpetual movement and uncertainty of dystopian, post-flood environments. It depicts a variety of individual stories, positioned with a synchronously edited global narrative in a way that is both personally intimate and deeply political. In all his years of responding to floods he has shot a vast archive of footage in eleven different countries, which is fully activated in this presentation.

In addition to the video installation in the main gallery, there will be a time-based process wall of photographs that Mendel will work on in the Osterman Common Room, in collaboration with Curator Amanda Krugliak and U-M students.
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When and Where

Map 202 S. Thayer - Institute for the Humanities Gallery & Osterman Common Room, #1022

December 2018

1:00pm - 2:30pm

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