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Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap
2 week course || PHOTO 611 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee: $50

“I cannot find my center of gravity—” Mary Anne Atwood - This class utilizes and facilitates ways of perceiving beyond the human machine. Using various light sensitive medias, the darkroom, film and digital cameras, solar and nighttime telescopes, binoculars, sound recorders, and night vision cameras, we explore time and the properties of waves. We will produce images, videos, sound installations, and performances. Beyond studio work we will look into art, cinema, and literature as works exploring themes in science, time, and perception. Practices by numerous artist will be explored including but not limited to James Turrell, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Werner Herzog, Simon Starling, Carsten Nicolai, Sarah Charlesworth and Alan Lightman.


Sarah and Joseph Belknap   The Planets (video still)   A collaboration with the Lakeview Orchestra 2018

Sarah and Joseph Belknap
The Planets (video still)
A collaboration with the Lakeview Orchestra

Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working as a team since 2008, their art has been exhibited in artist-run exhibition spaces in Springfield, Brooklyn, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and the MCA. Their work has been shown in group exhibitions at San Francisco Art Institute Galleries (San Francisco, California) the Columbus Museum of Art, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Western Exhibitions, and solo shows at The Arts Club of Chicago and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Their work was recently included in the book, Weather as Medium by Janine Randerson, in the Leonardo Series through MIT Press.

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