Still by Rachel Rossin, THE MOUTH OF, 2022. Co-commissioned by the Whitney Museum and KW, Berlin
Today the Whitney Museum of American Art launched artist Rachel Rossin’s exhibition THE MOUTH OF, a new digital art project on whitney.org. The work is a transmedia story that unfolds across multiple platforms and formats. It reflects the coalescence and alterations our bodies and minds undergo with technology. THE MOUTH OF is the latest commission from artport, the Museum’s portal dedicated to internet art and an online gallery space for net art commissions.
Through her work, Rachel Rossin investigates the relationship between bodies and machines, highlighting the evolution of technology from a tool to an extension of mind and body that affects our existence at deep levels. Rossin points out that technology, ranging from smartphones to virtual reality headsets, has already permeated our lives and is increasingly obscuring the divide between humans and machines.
“Rachel Rossin blurs the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds. His project THE MOUTH OF explores the impact of technology on the mind and body and invites viewers to engage with the consequences of our addiction to devices and mediation,” says Christiane Paul, Assistant Curator of Digital Art at The Whitney.
In THE MOUTH OF, the central protagonist, an illusory female figure, wanders through the digital landscape of interfaces covered with codes and symbols related to technological and organic systems. A nervous system graphic and infrared images overlay content elements on whitney.org, creating a surreal and complex online environment. The augmented reality (AR) component of the artwork is launched by scanning the QR code on screen and adds another layer to the experience, extending the narrative to the viewer’s mobile device. When synced with the browser-based experience, the AR layer presents additional textual commentary and transports the story’s main character out of the browser window and into the hands of the audience.
From September 15 to 18, 2022, an in situ installation of THE MOUTH OF has been
presented at the Tieranatomisches Theater in Berlin to coincide with Berlin Art Week 2022. Rossin’s installation, composed of sculpture, augmented reality, virtual reality and net art, addresses the profound consequences of technological evolution and produces a conceptual and visual vocabulary to make this progress tangible.
The web component of THE MOUTH OF is co-sponsored by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the project is supervised by Christiane Paul, Assistant Curator of Digital Art.
More information on THE MOUTH OF is available at whitney.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rachel Rossin (b. 1987) is a painter and programmer whose multidisciplinary practice has established her as a pioneer in the field of virtual reality. Her work mixes painting, sculpture, new media, games and video to create digital landscapes focusing on entropy, embodiment, the omnipresence of technology and its effects on our psychology. Selected solo exhibitions of Rachel Rossin include Track the trailZabludowicz Collection, London, 2019; oily light14a, Hamburg, 2019; tennis elbowThe Journal Gallery, New York, 2019; Peak performanceSignal Gallery, New York, 2017; my little green leaf, Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, 2016; and With lossZieher Smith & Horton, New York, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Centurythe Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 2018; After U.SK11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2017; RA17, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, 2017; and First lookco-presented by Rhizome, The New Museum, New York, 2017. Rossin received a virtual reality research and development grant from the NEW INC of the New Museum in 2015.
artport is the Whitney Museum’s portal to internet art and an online gallery space for net and new media art commissions. Launched in 2001, artport provides access to original commissioned art, documentation of net art and new media art exhibitions at the Whitney, and new media art in the Museum’s collection. Recent commissions include The next biennale should be run by a machine (2021), a collaboration between artists UBERMORGAN, digital humanist Leonarda Impett and curator Joasia Krysa; Sam Levine and Tega Brain’s Apartment in New York (2020); by Michael Mandiberg Live study (2019); and those of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy Public key / Private key (2019). The public can access these and other projects at whitney.org/artport.
ABOUT THE WHITNEY
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), houses the most important collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ms. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists when the public was still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From his vision was born the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has championed America’s most innovative art for ninety years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit American art of our time and to serve a wide variety of audiences to celebrate the complexity and diversity of art and culture.
in the USA. Through this mission and an unwavering commitment to artists, the Whitney has long been a powerful force for modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art. today.
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