Laure Michelon


Machinic Reflection

A time to tear and a time to mend, at Wonzimer Gallery
October 7 - November 18, 2022
Curators: Naomi Stewart, Isabel Beavers
Artists: Erin Cooney, Paige Emery, Ibuki Kuramochi, Cara Levine, Maya Livio, Laure Michelon, Mich Miller  

“A time to mourn and a time to dance

A time to tear and a time to mend

A time to be silent and a time to speak”

(Excerpt from Ecclesiastes 3)

a time to tear, a time to mend explores the advent of wisdom collection through ecological, historical, somatic, and technological artifacts. This exhibition asks: In the age of hyper-digitization, how can one assess, metabolize, and grieve traumatic events flashing across their timeline? How can one navigate information in a way that is healing and beneficial, both individually and communally? How can non-human ecologies inform our understanding of time and listening? What purpose do virtual and augmented realities serve in crafting our compass towards wisdom? Artists in SUPERCOLLIDER’s 2022 Sci-Art Ambassador cohort utilize AI, video, sculpture, painting, and performance to explore these questions.

Laure Michelon’s Machinic Reflection confronts bias in emerging technologies. A camera is placed strategically in the gallery that captures an image of any viewer in close proximity to the work. An algorithm trained on a curated dataset of categories. The proximate items on the vanity, [Mask.01.A] and [Mask.02.A] are AI-generated representations of the artist's face. The masks serve as a type of tool or prosthetic through which the user could disrupt their classification originally deemed by Machinic Reflection.

In a “post-pandemic” world, there is pressure to restore the status quo pre-2020. a time to tear, a time to mend invites visitors to consider alternatives to the status quo by fostering deeper connections to our bodies, other peoples, technology, and nature--to slow down and notice. These works offer space to metabolize and grieve trauma and loss, to rebuild and reimagine new ways of engaging with the world, to deepen our discernment in forming our opinions and disillusion us to paradigms that no longer serve us.

The exhibition will be on view at Wonzimer Gallery from October 7, 2022 - November 18, 2022.

Wonzimer Gallery