Artist in Residency #1

As pointed out by our Timekeeper in the DSPTCH for this month, “the internet has become saturated with information to share and things to do.” It’s tougher than before  to make focused work. We introduced the Artist in Residency program with dual intentions: one to provide a space to develop a work of their choice and the second to receive press coverage while developing their work.

Chicago based new media performance artist, Wanbli Gamache, has been toying with the idea of transition in the production of her work. She went from creating work in her studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to her makeshift apartment studio setup. The element of production plays a significant role in the finished piece as she uses video, performance, and technology to reconstruct dynamics of spectacle and intimacy. By augmenting conditions of authorship and intimacy, she looks towards the audibility and legibility of media representation in erotic imagery, virtual intimacy, and voyeurism. 

During the residency at TNL, she will be intermittently posting behind-the-scenes and in-process work on the next level and taking over our website homepage for the next month. We encourage you to visit our website every couple of dates to observe the changes and progress she makes. Together with Wanbli, TNL will be programming a few events online. Dates for their performance will be announced shortly.

So instead of fighting the urge to look at things online, feeling obliged to create or recreate work, this residency also offers the viewer a chance to engage with Wanbli's process over the course of a month, at a more relaxed pace, over time.

Bio: Wanbli Gamache recently completed a series of performances online and was a New Media Artist-in-residence at MANA Contemporary earlier this year. She is an alumni of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department. Gamache has exhibited work at Links Hall (Chicago, IL), Sullivan Galleries, Zhou B Art Center, and ACRE Gallery (Chicago, IL); the Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver, Colorado.

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