EMPAC Presents Jennifer + Kevin McCoy: Index
April 6 – Oct. 13
Multiple sculptures filmed via small, live cameras result in a video projection that will appear throughout the public spaces at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). Inspired by J.G. Ballard’s The Index, in which an overarching narrative emerges from an alphabetized list of people and places, the installation spans the 1960s to today, referencing globalization, technology, mass migrations, and war, all of which are part of a globalized framework that assumes the benefits of the technological future, in spite of persisting environmental and economic problems. Index is an EMPAC-commissioned public art installation by Rensselaer arts alumni Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, both MFA ’94. The McCoys’ multimedia artworks examine the genres and conventions of filmmaking, memory, and language. They construct subjective databases of existing material and make fragmentary miniature film sets with lights, video cameras, and moving sculptural elements to create live cinematic events. They received the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2005 Wired Rave Award for Art. Their work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, including at MoMA and BFI Southbank in London, among others. Their work can be seen in the collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. They live in New York City.
The exhibit will remain up through Oct. 13in the EMPAC public spaces. Admission is free. To learn more, go to empac.rpi.edu/events/2012/spring/quote/mccoy.
Note: The date for the exhibit has been changed.