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Kennedy Browne: The Special Relationship | Gallery Conversation with Anita Chan, Ben Grosser, and Amy L. Powell

Event Type
arts, labor
Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum Galleries, 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign
Feb 8, 2019   3:00 pm  
Anita Chan, Ben Grosser, and Amy L. Powell
Free and open to the public
Originating Calendar
Asian American Studies

Based in Dublin and working together since 2005, Kennedy Browne’s videos, planning workshops, and sculptural installations have probed common stories of global capital: the effects on workers of relocating companies, the visionary boyhood narratives of tech company founders, and struggles over privacy in the age of the internet. To produce their work, Kennedy Browne follows research threads from specialized and marginal business materials. To date they have mined blogs and support forums of tech company workers, business literature, archives of airport arrivals and departures, and the legal proceedings of privacy activists in Europe. The artists compile and rework texts from these sources into scripts for performance, casting actors as avatars of industry and labor. The exhibition surveys six bodies of work in video, sculpture, and text produced by Kennedy Browne since 2009.


Krannert Art Museum exhibitions are made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Kennedy Browne: The Special Relationship is co-sponsored by Culture Ireland, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois.The production of The Redaction Trilogy and other works in the exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council.


Anita Chan is Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences and Department of Media and Cinema Studies, and the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellow at the National Center for Super Computing Applications. She works on globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery,” both in Latin America and here on the digital prairie. Her book Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism was published by MIT Press in 2014. She is a faculty fellow with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and with Ben Grosser works on Critical Technology Studies at the NCSA.


Artist Ben Grosser focuses on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. What does it mean for human creativity when a computational system can paint its own artworks? How is an interface that foregrounds our friend count changing our conceptions of friendship? Who benefits when a software system can intuit how we feel? To examine questions like these, he constructs interactive experiences, machines, and systems that make the familiar unfamiliar, revealing the ways that software prescribes our behavior and thus, how it changes who we are. Grosser is an Assistant Professor of New Media in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-founder of the Critical Technology Studies Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and a faculty affiliate at the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the Illinois Informatics Institute.


Amy L. Powell is curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum.

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