MY TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY | LONDON
MY TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY is Claudia Hart’s solo show curated by Annka Kultys and Anika Meier and presented by Annka Kultys Gallery and EXPANDED.ART in London and online.
Seven videos will be on view that give an overview of Hart’s extensive digital artistic practice, as one of the most prolific artists working with simulation technologies from augmented reality and animation to printed sculptures. Her work is philosophical, tracking topics that consider time, history, and human desire. The artworks in the exhibition were created between 1998 and 2019 and are an intimate document of her very personal voice.
“Between 2018 and 2022, I taught a seminar for graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to which I invited artists, curators, and writers that I randomly met in my daily travels. It was called TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY, after the essay by Umberto Eco. Students examined their practices, did readings in relation to them, and made reports of their work. The ultimate goal of this seminar was both shared research and, at the same time, the creation of an art history in the making. I retired from full-time teaching this spring and dedicate this exhibition to my students.”
– Claudia Hart
Claudia Hart emerged as part of a generation of 1990s intermedia artists examining issues of identity and representation. Since the late 1990s, when she began working with 3D animation, Hart has embraced these same concepts but is now focusing on the impact of computing and simulation technologies. She was an early adopter of virtual imaging, using 3D animation to make media installations and projections, and later, as they were invented, other forms of VR, AR, and objects produced by computer-driven production machines. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is a professor, she developed a pedagogic program based on her practice, Experimental 3D, the first dedicated solely to teaching simulation technologies in an art school context.
Hart’s works are widely exhibited and collected by galleries and museums including the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Albertina Museum, Vienna, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Vera List Center Collection,The Borusan Contemporary Collection, The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Collection, Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection, The Goetz Collection,The New York Public Library, the Addison Gallery of American Arts, Andover, MA, Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection, and many other private collections. Her work has been exhibited at the New Museum, produced at the Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, and at the Center for New Music and Audio Technology, UC California, Berkeley where she is currently a fellow. She lives in NY, works with bitforms gallery, NY, Transfer Gallery, Miami, and EXPANDED.ART, Berlin and is married to the Austrian media artist Kurt Hentschlager.
MY TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY
23 June - 22 July 2023
Opening Reception: 22 June, 6-8 PM
Unit 9, 472 Hackney Road, London E2 9EQ
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday | 12–6 PM