Hunt and Peck: Alternative Expressions of the Keyboard
Curated by Chaz Evans and Brice Puls
June 29 - September 2, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, June 29, 5-8pm
Public viewing hours: Wednesdays 5-8pm, Sundays 12-5pm
VGA Gallery, 2418 W Bloomingdale Ave #102, Chicago, IL, 60647
The QWERTY keyboard is a ubiquitous object in public and private spaces, usually regarded as a means to engage with something other than itself. The history of its design stretches to the end of the 19th century, and over the course of time its use has become naturalized for many. Despite proposals for new interfaces (touch screens, depth sensors, VR etc.) it remains a deeply familiar object, possibly the most humble and banal of peripherals.
This exhibition functions as an intervention on the everydayness of keyboards by presenting them as the site of artistic innovation. Each artist featured investigates and prods the capabilities of the keyboard to transform it from a quotidian object into a expressive interactive and visual experience, a practice that video game scholar Brian Schrank refers to as “affordance mining.” These experiments challenge our expectations of what pedestrian technologies are capable of, and in doing so also challenge the rhetorics and values embedded in technology, consumer electronics, and video game development.
VGA Gallery is generously supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, individuals, and private and corporate foundations.
@ VGA Gallery, 2418 W Bloomingdale Ave #102, Chicago, IL, 60647