Art practice, consumption and discourse are ritual. This year, in renouncing the act of traditional presentation, our show is actively anti-ritual. We are questioning every aspect of the conventional gallery experience and embracing the strange relationship between fluidity and permanence that exists within digital space. Through conceptual and multi-dimensional landscape design, we encourage you to explore this digital space as physical space. The abstractions of shape and time are a direct representation of the artist’s adaptability, called upon this year in their creative process. As inherent storytellers, New Media artists have the capacity to create work that simultaneously serves as inner healing and outward commentary. Each artwork discloses its narrative after thoughtful interaction, calling you to assess your own habits of digital meaning-making. These intimate experiences are shrouded by the environment to communicate that this artwork does not thrive in exposure, but rather desires to be handled with care and intent. The exploratory nature of this world, paired with the vulnerable tendencies of these artworks, will lead you to self-actualize as either an intruder or a participant.
The body of work exhibited in Anti-Meta is born of flexibility and resilience. May it be Laroche’s AHAB or Pearce’s Confession Forty Thousand, the artist has abandoned the simple act of self-expression in favour of a far more challenging output - transparency. Displayed in a microcosm of artistic and self growth, these works share the ability to remain unguarded narratives of their identity, despite fear of criticism or shame. Works such as Holliyuk and Mirroring Hong Kong seek a similar transparency, but outside of oneself, directing the conversation to a global perspective on humanity. Whether bound to linear time or free from consciousness, these artworks indulge in rebellion, ponder trauma, and celebrate diversity. Anti-Meta champions non-ritual art making and aims to provide a proverbial landscape for New Medians to exist upon while sharing their inquiries of self-perception with the world, using a wide variety of materials, and in pursuit of art as an extension of self.