“Mediating Place,” at UMASS Boston’s Harbor Art Gallery, presents a landmark exhibition of international contemporary new media artists converging on the theme of “place.” Curated by Meredith Hoy and Kevin Benisvy, the artists in the exhibition hail from New York City; Berkeley, California; London, UK; China (exact whereabouts unknown); and our very own Boston, MA. They represent institutions as diverse as Colgate University, University of California Berkeley, University of London, Emerson College, Mass Art, Wellesley College, and MIT, and have work in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. The show seeks to address issues of place in the environment, politics, the home, media and technology with work like Ben Bray’s periodic streaming video updates from his current expedition in the Arctic, ManifestAR’s augmented reality installations famed for using their politically-minded virtual exhibitions to crash renowned venues such as the MoMA and the Venice Bienale, Anne Torke’s residual accumulation sculptures from the home, and much more. The full artist roster includes Ben Bray, Miriam Dym, ecoarttech (Cary Peppermint and Leila Nadir), John Craig Freeman (with 4Gentlemen and Lily & Honglei of ManifestAR), Jane Prophet, Anne Torke, and Dyllan Nguyen.
Anne Torke’s work is a standout in the show and is pictured here above and right, as her sculptures powerfully combine the personal and impersonal and create a specific individual response to post-modern accumulation.