Sunday, February 23, 4pm
Admission Fee: $5
Location Services are ON! In this time of hyper-locatability via digital maps, what kinds of places and things might still remain lost? Marget Long and Carolyn Dinshaw look to the optical phenomenon of the mirage—a strange and elusive “nowhere” often perceived as water—to explore the broad concepts of location and locatability. The talk investigates the mirage’s visual and cultural history through a wide array of materials: medieval maps and legends of Paradise, early 20th-century Arctic exploration, and photographs and video works from Long’s project on mirages. Long and Dinshaw take a long view of the mirage– an illusion that prompts an irrational experience of time and space–in order finally to imagine how to work and play with current digital mapping technologies intended to work us.
Photographs and video from Marget Long’s current series entitled Mirage Mirage are currently on view as part of the exhibition, Gowanus Branch/Reanimation Library, the second show of Proteus Gowanus’ Water theme year.
MARGET LONG’s art practice is centered around the physical experiences and sensory politics of photographic technologies, now and in the past. Her recent artist’s book, Flash + Cube (1965-1975) [Punctum Books, 2012], traces the sensory links between light, war, history and photography through a forgotten piece of technology, the Sylvania flash cube. Long frequently lectures on photography, new media, and visual culture. Her work has been screened and exhibited at many venues, including The Brooklyn Museum, British Film Institute, Exit Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hasted Kraeutler gallery, and American Cinémathèque in Los Angeles.