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Augmented Realities: Performance In Real Life

CalArts Reef Residents Love’s Remedies* presents the inaugural exhibition for their 2019 program, organized by Christina Valentine and Hannah Kim Varamini. Reinterpreting AR as an idea, Augmented Realities: Performance In Real Life explores the work of artists who complicate the divisions of artist/individual or performer/activist.

The idea of augmented reality (AR) blurs the boundary of the virtual and the real; merging the avatar with real identities, repositioning agency and power, and creating a kind of third space wherein new iterations of identity and performativity can occur. The participating artists, Jinseok Choi, Frau Fiber, Carole Frances Lung, Zach Kleyn, Jennifer Moon, Marcel Maus Hermenutical Think Tank, and Brent Everett Dickinson, augment reality as they embody the indeterminatedivision of art and life. Their acts of labor, play, or sabotage are read simultaneously as performance and real action; subverting or disrupting narrative structures and identity.