Isotropic Conditions | Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh
November 14 - 16, 2017
Founded on his work with computer failure and resolution, the conceptual artist and 3D engineer Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh explores the elastic effects of the 'un-encrypted' image channeled through video, sound, and sculpture in an installation piece at Anita's Way. In collaboration with a selected group of fellow artists, dancers and composers, Orraca-Tetteh's Isotropic Conditions challenges the dissociative effects of contemporary life exploring ideas of digital decay and re-humanization.
137 West 42nd Street
(the through-block connecting 42nd and 43rd streets,
between Broadway and 6th Ave)
New York, NY
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Open Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 4 - 7pm
Closing Reception: Thursday, November 16, 5 - 7pm
In addition to the artist's physical manipulation of Anita's Way, this installation will feature dancers performing intuitively to Orraca-Tetteh's soundtrack loop "Unusable," paired with live sound composition by DJ/composers on each of the three days
About the Artist
Often appearing as AK, Ghanaian and American artist Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh (b. 1980, New York, NY) is pulled by what he calls “the psychometry of visual language.” A 3D engineer, painter, and performance artist, Orraca-Tetteh creates post-digital works born of internet glitch captures, 3D technology, painting, and VR. In his work, the New York based artist converses ideas of emotive digital consciousness. The artist notably contributed original vocal and narrative composition to the video essay Grosse Fatigue, created in collaboration with artist Camille Henrot. The video was the recipient of the 55th Venice Biennale’s Silver Lion award and has since been exhibited at The New Museum, The Guggenheim and The Museum of Modern Art. Orraca-Tetteh is also a strong advocate for the future of the arts in Africa & the Diaspora, serving on the host committees of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and the AMREF 2017 Art Ball. The artist's performance work in the film Tuesday (Image Research) is currently on view at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris through January 2018.
"As a child I loved drawing and imagining most," says Orraca-Tetteh. He knew from a young age that he would be a creator, an inventor, an artist. He designed weightless vehicles, futuristic houses, and wrote a mini-screenplay at age 9 about a boy and and his best friend becoming Time Travellers. "Since my early days, from deeper studies in mythology, art practice, and technology, I am constantly pulled by the points at which ancestral, cultural, and digital memories collide, and abstract the organization of contemporary visual language. Back to the Future, E.T. and Star Wars. Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and Prince. Picasso, Mondrian, Davinci and Holzer. These key inspirations respectively gave me at a young age the vision to dream and execute a reality more magical than I could see before me. They each in their own way transformed visions of the future with masterful artistry and technological vision. Now as an Artist and Technologist, I am honored to evolve with every new project. I am thrilled to have been able to collaborate with world renowned artists, contributing to award-winning exhibitions at leading International institutions. I am through the roof with every opportunity to mesh my love of art, technology and imagination. With this focus and continued boundary breaking, I am so pleased to work with Chashama to debut my first New York public art installation."
For further information or to schedule a viewing, please contact Akwetey at email@example.com or follow him on Instagram or Twitter.
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