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"Transmute"
1999-07-24 until 1999-09-19
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Chicago, , USA United States of America

Independent art critic and curator Joshua Decter has been invited by the MCA to create the second of four annual multimedia projects that utilize the MCAs Collection. Transmute consists of two parts: an exhibition of artworks, and two touch-screen computer kiosks, which serve as an interactive component of the exhibition. In the spring, the Museum will invite the public to submit images that respond to an artwork in the Collection. Using the kiosks, visitors will then be able to assemble an artwork incorporating images submitted by the public. The kiosks will also allow visitors to become virtual curators and to consider how an exhibition is arranged, how they might organize their own ideas, and how artworks look in different arrangements by using a touch-screen monitor at the computer terminal. An online component of the project will also be launched on the MCA website.

In the virtual artist component of the exhibition, you will have an opportunity to re-create one of the exhibitions central artworks - John Baldessaris Fish and Ram - in which the artist has arranged six existing photographs. Without any background knowledge about Baldessari or Fish and Ram, participants can use Transmute to recombine the images Baldessari has gathered in many suggestive variations.

Call for Entries The MCA invites you to look closely at Fish and Ram and think about how the works images affect you. In response, may can submit an original, two-dimensional image, no larger than 8 x 10 inches, which may be used in a virtual reconstruction of Baldessaris work. Guest curator Joshua Decter will select images from the submissions and integrate them into an interactive computer program in the exhibition galleries and on this website. This program will allow you to choose from an archive of selected images to assemble your own virtual Fish and Ram. To submit an image for possible inclusion in this program, please send it to Transmute c/o MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60611. Submissions will not be returned.

In the virtual curator component of the exhibition, you are invited to reinvent it by using on-site computers, which will provide three-dimensional views of the gallery and the works of art. You can move works of art to various parts of the virtual museum space, and reassemble your own version of the exhibition. You may also curate a portion of Transmute on the MCA website, starting in September 1999.

Transmute is a Stir It Up program. Stir It Up is an MCA program that connects Chicago-area students with contemporary art, artists, and the MCA. The MCA currently works with seven colleges and universities in the Chicago area to expand participation in the arts.


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