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"Gary Simmons: Wake"
2000-02-16 until 0000-00-00
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
On February 16, 2000, Gary Simmons will launch a project for
the world wide web, entitled Wake, the twelfth in Dia's
series of artists' projects for the web.
For Wake, his first project for the web, Simmons has
photographed empty ballrooms and other dance spaces redolent of
an earlier era. As the viewer moves the mouse over the screen,
image fragments appear then quickly fade, making it impossible
to view any of his nine haunting scenes in its entirety and at
one time. Mediated by a soundtrack comprised of the humming of
old but well-known songs that are still popular favorites,
these sites seem generated as much by involuntary memory as by
technical intervention. As with Simmons' earlier work,
including his chalk drawings and more recently his photographs
of pedagogical spaces, absence and the ephemeral are as
palpably charged as what is present and lasting.
Funding for Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has
been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Previous projects which can still be visited onDia's website
include Francis Als' The Thief, Arturo Herrera's Almost
Home, Diller + Scofidio's Refresh, Kristin Lucas's Between
a Rock and a Hard Drive, Claude Closky's Do you want love or
lust?, and Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s Prometheus Bound.
Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable
organization. Established in 1974, the institution has become
one of the largest in the United States dedicated to
contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this
commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts,
poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate.