Cinema of Distraction: The mad science of old media
Christopher Ottinger admits to having a touch of mad scientist in him.
So when the Chicago-based artist and educator’s Cinema of Distraction exhibition opens on March 22, visitors can expect a laboratory-like assemblage of glowing lights, holographic illusions, and the resuscitation of long-forgotten media gadgetry.
A noted scholar of archaic technology, Ottinger sees himself as an alchemist of sorts, reviving these pre-cinematic devices and techniques to find new ways of using them. “Instead of base metals and noxious potions, my materials consist of cathode ray tubes, lenticular arrays, video projections, and the accoutrements of the mad scientist’s laboratory,” he says.
“Cinema of Distraction” examines our long-held fascination with moving pictures, from the flickering shadows on the walls of ancient caves to the video imagery that is perpetually calling to us from today’s smartphones.
Gala 2018: Save the date
It’s our biggest bash of the year!
We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Gala in support of the Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University will take place 06.07.18 at the Speed Art Museum.
Stay tuned for more exciting details regarding speakers, honorees, featured art, special performances, the evening’s food and drink, ticket sales, and sponsorship opportunities.
Trust us: You will not want to miss this event!