24 June 2015

Expanded Moments: Post 1

As part of my shiny new role at Gallery 400, I'm helping to launch and facilitate a community engagement project titled Expanded Moments. Inspired by Jan Tichy's Changing Chicago exhibition and Expanded Moment project, we are inviting everyone and anyone to take a moment to stop, reflect, and film the city landscape in flux. How does this relate to the gallery? Our current exhibition After Today considers the ways in which Chicago has changed and is continuing to change at a rapid rate. Exploring issues like gentrification, the housing market, violence, police presence, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, and the stratification of race and class, our exhibition has us wondering what will tomorrow look like after today?

To get the ball rolling on creating our Expanded Moment video snapshots of the city, I'm going to be posting some of my own videos taken from around the city. From the few short films I've already shot, I've found the process to be meditative and reflective. Taking a moment out of my busy commute and hectic life to pause and view the city through the framed lens of a camera has shifted the way in which I view this city space I occupy.

Interested in participating? Here's a wonderful instructional video created by the Art Assignment explaining how the video should be framed and shot. Upload to Youtube or Vimeo, then email me or the gallery a link to your video. We'll be uploading them to our exhibition Tumblr and sharing on Facebook.

sandyguttman(at)gmail(dot)com or gallery400(at)uic(dot)edu

The above video was taken during the busy lunchtime rush in downtown Chicago. It's a view of the Chicago River taken from the Jackson Street bridge.

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