MERIDIEND is a work of internet art combining literary writing and digital photography to explore a variant of psychogeography, defined by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals” and as “a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiences.”
The approach to psychogeography in MERIDIEND is to explore the interstices between writing and the real places that served in some way as a point of contact for these texts. Neither text nor image “explain” or “caption” the other, but rather viewing and reading relies on the memory of each, as texts and images are not viewable simultaneously. Furthermore, this approach rejects the “anti-ruralism” of the Situationist dérive with its urban obsessions, and engages the poetic and dialectical tensions between city and country.
The interface instantiates a dérive for the interactor, who can drift amongst these texts and images in either random or systematic fashion. Once the image has been replaced by its accompanying text, it cannot be easily gotten back to unless an effort has been made by the viewer-reader-drifter to keep track of their moves.
Volume 1 contributor Jeff Burns is prolific, to say the least. Jeff is currently completing his first feature length film, That’s Beautiful Frank and has helped found When History Attacks and Gratuitous Art Films. Read more about Jeff here and check out his interview.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11-6PM Gallery Address: 542 West 24th Street Nearest Subway: C, E exit 23rd @ 8th Ave. Contact: Michael Lyons Wier
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Lyons Wier Gallery is proud to present Bathers by Mary Henderson.
Bathers, is Henderson’s newest group of hyper-real sociological oil paintings derived from found web images, focusing on a particular cultural experience – in this case, the ‘summer retreat’. Her paintings are based on vacation photos and snapshots of Americans engaged in the long-standing, class-specific summer ritual of departing the city and suburbs for shore and lake houses during the summer season. The images explore the contradictory nature of these escapes – both their sensory pleasures and their accompanying feelings of isolation, dislocation and wistfulness. (READ FULL PRESS RELEASE)