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"Sara Hornbacher: A Thousand Plateaus"
2001-01-12 until 2001-01-03
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta, GA, USA United States of America

A Thousand Plateaus features video installation comprised of three floating projection planes, and interactive components which merge viewer, images and sound. The piece was inspired by a text by philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri. In their writings, a plateau is reached when circumstances combine to bring an activity to such an intense pitch that it is not automatically dissipated in climax. The heightened energy level is sustained long enough to leave a kind of afterimage of its dynamism that can be reactivated or injected into other activities.

Hornbacher will draw on a dense archive of imagery collected over a twenty-year period to create A Thousand Plateaus. Spectators will trigger sensing devices that will create shifts and changes in the projected image and sound environment, seeing both topographical and horizon-line scenarios.

This exhibition will mark the first large-scale interactive DVD environment by an individual artist both at The Contemporary and in Atlanta. It is significant in this respect and is a major event in the artistís twenty-five year career. Hornbacher started working in video in 1975 and built a strong reputation in New York City. In 1994, she relocated to Atlanta to assume the Chair of the Video Department at the Atlanta College of Art. In 2000, Hornbacher received the Mayorís Fellowship in the Arts (Media) and she was short-listed for an important public art commission for a hi-tech permanent installation at Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta.

Sara Hornbacher states, My artistic work is motivated by a desire to promote aesthetic, analytic experienceóbringing to the degree possible, all conceivable relationships between electronic imaging, vision, hearing, language/text/music/sound, abstract cognition and perception under the investigation of the maker/observer and viewers to create a poetic consciousness.

A color catalogue will accompany the exhibition that will feature an essay by John Johnston, widely published professor of Comparative Literature at Emory University. Support for A Thousand Plateaus is being provided by Pioneer Media Technologies through a major DVD equipment loan, the Fulton County Arts Council, The City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta College of Art.


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