Co-hosted by MIT List Visual Arts Center and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Part VI of a series--September 17, 2020 - March 4, 2021
A businessperson waits for a delayed subway. A wrongly convicted prisoner awaits justice. A refugee waits for their asylum case. A nation waits for the promised boon of economic development. The world waits for a vaccine. Nature waits for its exploitation to end.
Waiting is usually what we do between things. It is the space between two destinations, an empty and anxious time to fill with distractions. But when we look more closely, we see that waiting is also an activity in itself, bristling with energy, uncertainty, and inequality. What does the condition of waiting reveal about us, our world, and the natural environment that sustains it?
This series of eight sessions offer glimpses into the thought and practices of artists, architects, historians, and theorists who grapple with this question. In each hour-long session, participants will share their own research into an aspect of waiting while touching on some of its registers: enforced waiting, chronic waiting, natural waiting, existential waiting, and even those desirable modes of waiting that we long for. A brief moderated discussion and audience Q&A will follow.
Matthew Metzger & Jane Norris: Jan 28, 2021, 5:30–6:30 pm
Matthew Metzger will speak about guitarist Steve Lacy’s use of silences between phrases as a mode of critique, curiosity, and anticipation. Jane Norris presents recordings of the electronic pulses of plants and asks if they are waiting for our resonances to align or for us to hear them.
These events, and the resulting publication, Shifter 25: Waiting, are co-hosted by MIT List Visual Arts Center and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in conjunction with solo exhibitions by Sreshta Rit Premnath to be held in March 2021 (MIT List) and October 2021 (CAC).
For more information on Premnath's upcoming exhibition at the CAC click here.
To see the full list of Shifter 25: Waiting events, click here.