“Speculative Features,” curated by Regine Basha for SculptureCenter, will be on exhibit at the Lexington Avenue offices of Bloomberg, the financial data giant. The exhibit features the work of four sculptors that, in conjunction, address the complicated “futurological” nexus of economics, the growth of information technology, politics, and pop culture. The exhibition’s thesis statement reads: “Email spam solves the global economic crisis. Honey becomes a future currency. Cities are built through Second Life. Thought patterns project into space.”
Julieta Aranda’s work tracks down predatory spam and visualizes the tragic costs of “alternative economies” that utilize information technology in order to swindle their victims. Beth Campbell’s pieces project future ways of thinking and interacting into three-dimensional space. Cao Fei’s builds syncopated models of the complexity of what China represents to its own people and to the global community: mass production, mass culture, communism, aggression, and the consumption of nature. Ana Prvacki examines the mysterious fate of the honeybee, an ancient, life-sustaining species that is disappearing in the face of human-caused environmental forces.
Complicating this fascinating and, indeed, progressive exhibition is its patronage by Bloomberg, LP, which, though a giant presence in corporate industry, has also committed itself to education and the arts.
The installation pieces of “Speculative Features” can be viewed by appointment until April 29.
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