Conspiratorial Aesthetics at Cressman Center for Visual Arts

Conspiratorial Aesthetics
Date: March 1, 2019
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Cressman Center for Visual Arts
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Tickets: free
Artist: Cara Benedetto, Deb Sokolow, !Mediengruppe bitnik, Raqs Media Collective, and Walid Raad,

Please join the Hite Art Institute for the opening reception of “Conspiratorial Aesthetics” on Friday, March 1, 2019 6-8 pm, at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, in conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop. Light Refreshments will be served.

The Hite Art Institute is pleased to present, “Conspiratorial Aesthetics,” an exhibition that investigates the form and function of conspiracy in contemporary art. Featuring digital renderings of undercover adulterous bots, schematics for car bombs that didn’t exist, and frantic notations on silhouette targets, the exhibition asks, “What does conspiracy look like? And why does so much new art look conspiratorial?”

Featuring the art of Cara Benedetto, !Mediengruppe bitnik, Raqs Media Collective, Walid Read, and Deb Sokolow, “Conspiratorial Aesthetics” invites us to consider the role of informational art in the “information age,” an era obsessed by networks of information exchange and therefore plagued by conspiracy theories, the aestheticization of information, and undemocratic control of the networks information travels. Can art offer counter networks of information? Can art offer any information? Or does it instead only produce the world it claims to know?

“Conspiratorial Aesthetics” runs March 1 – April 6, 2019. A performance will take place on March 19, details to follow.

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