East | West Galleries, Texas Woman’s University, 9/3/16 – 10/2/16
Opening Reception, 9/3/16, 5-7pm
Curated by Danielle Avram
A circuit breaker is a switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload. Its basic function is to interrupt current flow after a fault is detected. Circuit Breaker is a participatory multimedia installation that considers the cause-and-effect relationship between information flow and the various levels through which it cascades - shifting with individual and collective perceptions, commentaries, and energies – challenging viewers to stop and think about their position within the social media and Internet food chains. Like a twisted game of telephone, information is disseminated, internalized, personalized, and regurgitated back into the circuit, often eschewing facts and nuanced opinions for rabble rousing and highly subjective/skewed accounts.
A two-part exhibition, Circuit Breaker features a collaborative new media installation by Dallas artists Luke Harnden, Michael A. Morris, and Darcy Neal, and a workshopping and information space, complete with a walkable labyrinth informed by anthropologist and spiritual guide Dr. Susan Harper. Born out of frustration, anger, hope, wishes, technology, knowledge, gut instincts, and magic (or at least the hope for magic), Circuit Breaker is an opportunity to stop. And…
Luke Harnden, born in New Orleans, is a Dallas based artist whose varied practices include drawing, painting, sculptural installation, video, and performance. Though much of his work is rooted in materiality, he addresses concerns surrounding technology, mass media, and human consciousness. Harnden earned a BA in arts and performance at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015 and has since been showing in Galleries and alternative spaces in Texas and Nationally. He is a regular contributor and founding member of the cooperative art space Beefhaus in Dallas TX.
Michael A. Morris is an artist and educator based in Dallas, Texas. He works primarily with film, video, and expanded cinematic forms. Much of his recent work responds to the rapid changes in how moving images are created and experienced in the 21st century. He has performed and screened his films and videos at museums, galleries, microcinemas, and film festivals internationally, including recent events at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The International Symposium of Electronic Art in Vancouver, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Texas Biennial. He is a visiting lecturer of Digital Hybrid Media at Southern Methodist University and curates film / video / new media programs around the region regularly, most recently as part of the first Dallas Medianale and as cofounder/programmer for Spectacle Society, a microcinema collective presenting screenings in Dallas. He is also a regular visualist at Dallas Ambient Music Nights, a monthly showcase of experimental music in the D/FW area.
Darcy Neal is an electronic artist and workshop curator based in Dallas, Texas. She has a strong affinity for physical computing and explores the cross-pollination of the senses using electronic mediums, which culminates in handmade electronic sound sculptures and custom lighting installations. She has performed music internationally and has taught workshops at universities, science museums, art galleries, hacker spaces, and experimental music festivals. She is the co-founder of LadyBrain Studios, a creative powerhouse based in Dallas, TX, that teaches electronic workshops, designs large-scale lighting installations, and creates custom commissioned electronic instruments.
Susan Harper, Ph.D., is an educator, activist, advocate, and ritual specialist. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University. Susan is passionate about making spirituality accessible, practical, and personal. Her workshops focus on using spiritual information and techniques to facilitate transformation in our personal lives. She seeks to help people equip themselves with skills and tools that will aid their continuous growth. Susan has over two decades' worth of experience with Feminist Spiritualty, Wicca and other forms of NeoPaganism, energetic healing modalities, Tarot, ecstatic movement, and other transformative practices. She has been walking labyrinths since 1998. Susan facilitates women's circles and labyrinth walks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She serves as the Graduate Reader for TWU.