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Sala Wong & Peter Williams - Artists in Residence June 2011

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Sala Wong and Peter Williams will be resident artists at 3331 throughout June. Not only will they be undertaking research and developing a project with the direct engagement of local people, they will also be holding a week long exhibition in our "3331 Gallery".

Sala Wong is a New Media artist. Her work manifests itself in digital media, installation, sculpture, wearable art, computer-controlled environments, and locative media. Her large-scale multimedia installations explore real and virtual spaces through augmentation. Most recently, her work investigates issues of diversity by means of documentary and intervention in public urban spaces. Her research concerns the interaction of spaces and everyday life. Space is the medium in which we sense and perceive the world. It is understood and shaped in countless ways. Throughout history, our grasp of space has continually evolved to the extent now that we not only comfortable conceiving of it - but also navigating it - in both concrete and abstract terms. Thus, space is an essential aspect of her research, and is expressed in her work in many different ways. She produces conceptually oriented art works that evaluate social, political and cultural issues by distilling the complexity of contemporary life into concise yet open-ended aesthetic experiences. Indeterminacy, site-specificity, interaction, process, participation and experience all play a part in her artistic practice. Sala Wong is currently associate professor at Indiana State University teaching Digital Art.

Peter Williams was born in Canada and currently resides in the United States. He is a New Media artist whose work playfully and poetically interprets and expresses the complications and contradictions of popular culture and media. Specializing in moving images, generative and participatory art, he makes work that is unstable - meeting, averting and translating the viewer's gaze. Contemporary media is elastic and chimerical; it more and more resembles us. Through his art, Williams struggles with this ever-deepening recursion. He is currently assistant professor at DePauw University teaching Digital and New Media Art.

Sala and Peter's work has been shown in Russia, Thailand, Japan, USA, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic Singapore and Hong Kong.

Exhibition: Lost and Found In Tokyo
June 27- July 3 2011
Opening times: 10:00-19:00 (20:00 weekends)
3331 Gallery

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Urban space represents a conflation of contexts: everyday life, history, politics, economics, law enforcement, urban planning, and the constructs of public and private spaces. In turn, a sometimes-contradictory mix of Official and Unofficial voices represents each of these contexts. Our interest is to understand how these variously related and unrelated forces both inscribe, and are inscribed by, ordinary people. As artists, we position ourselves as outsiders, knowingly subjective in our views, yet open to as many different experiences and opinions as possible. Like many other international cities, Tokyo is affected by shifting economic and political forces throughout the world. A moment of change is also a moment of potential. Perhaps we can record and reflect upon this moment of potential by asking ourselves "What Have I Lost" and "What Have I Found?" We will be asking ourselves these questions, and we will pose these same questions to the people of Tokyo. Giving the current crisis in Japan, changes are inevitable. We feel that we are ready to produce a work of art that will engage directly with the vibrant, international and changing people and social landscape of Tokyo. Our strongly held belief is that art should speak to more than simply the here-and-now. We hope that our Tokyo urban-portrait will be a beautiful gift to the people of Japan.

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