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Stream Capture Reception

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2501 Stevens Avenue

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Stream Capture explores the role and position of the landscape and natural environment within a world shaped by technology and digital media. The exhibition opens at MCAD’s main gallery on January 16 and will be on view through March 4, 2018.


The exhibition takes its title from a section of John McPhee’s book, Annals of the Former World (1998). The book chronicles the geological makeup of the fortieth parallel over 4.6 billion years and the style of language used by the geologists he traveled with which was filled with metaphor and depth. He writes, “Geology was called a descriptive science, and with its pitted outwash plains and drowned rivers, its hanging tributaries and starved coastlines, it was nothing if not descriptive. It was a fountain of metaphor – of isostatic adjustments and degraded channels, of angular unconformities and shifting divides, of rootless mountains and bitter lakes. Streams eroded headward, digging from two sides into mountain or hill, avidly struggling toward each other until the divide between them broke down, and the two rivers that did the breaking now became confluent (one yielding to the other, giving up its direction of flow and going the opposite way) to become a single stream. Stream capture.”


Through the use and lens of digital tools and technology, Stream Capture asks how we might engage with a reimagining of the natural environment if we cannot physically enter it. The work in the exhibition explores human perception, simulation, mapping, time and scale shifts, and historical study and preservation. The exhibition offers a sense of the future and the possibility of movement from place to place (here to there) and from time to time (present to future).


The artists featured in the exhibition work in a range of media, including prints, installation, projection, video, software, video games, sculpture, plants, and electronics. Highlighted in Stream Capture are works by: Aram Bartholl, David Bowen, Tega Brain, Nicky Case, Gottfried Haider, Claudia Hart, Catarina Lee, Jan Robert Leegte, Sara Ludy, Martin O’Leary, Eva Papamargariti, Katie Rose Pipkin, David Reuter, Helmut Smits, Clarissa Tossin, and Mark Tribe

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