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TALKING PICTURES – an exhibition of visual dialogues – Opens Tonight!

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Opening Reception: Monday, December 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Monday, December 18, 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 11:00 – 3:00 PM
Wollman Hall, 66 West 11th Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10011

Instructor: Michael Kirk

The exhibition includes students from Parsons and Pratt Institute.

The concept for this project grew out of a response to an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which the Museum described in the following way: “Over the past decade, mobile-phone cameras have changed how photographs are made, used, and looked at. While the camera once functioned chie y as a tool for preserving the past, today people use mobile phones to share their visual experience in real time and with unprecedented intimacy.”

In examining this phenomenon the Met Museum asked, “…what happens when artists are partnered with other artists and the pairs engage in a visual dialogue using only their phones? Participants sent still images and brief videos back and forth in a game of pictorial ping-pong. They were asked not to write messages or captions and to refrain from sharing their images on social media. Otherwise, the content and frequency of communication was determined by the artists themselves.”

Starting at the outset of this term students in Michael Kirk’s print classes at Parsons and Pratt Institute have engaged in a similar exploration of pictorial ping-pong. Each student chose a partner to work with. The products that resulted from these collaborations took many forms such as books, prints, video and installation and will be on view at Wollman Hall.





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