Actual Reality
The Anti-Explainers

anti-explainers book

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“The Anti-Explainers” (2015, 204 pages) documents research done in residence at the Exploratorium’s Center for Art and Inquiry from 2012 to 2015. Examining the role artists can play in complicating, augmenting, or responding to explanation, the book collects exhibits from the museum floor that exist outside of explanation, along with documentation of artworks produced in response to the desire – both public and institutional – to engage in a process of explanation. The centerpiece of the book is an entire week of transcriptions from Lucky Dragons’ installation “DAYLAY” (2013-2014), in which visitors were invited to leave messages to be played back after a twelve-hour delay.
Wrong Spectrum

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“Wrong Spectrum” (2015, 68 pages, color) collects film tests, poetry, texts and collected images that grew out of a research residency at The Exploratorium’s Center for Art and Inquiry. The primary focus is a re-performance of Goethe’s investigations of “edge-color” phenomena. Intended to make a point about the direct relationship between variable conditions and variable outcomes, Goethe’s experiments viewed simple test patterns under a range of environmental conditions, detailing the process by which color perception emerges from the natural world and dislodging the notion of a perceptual “fact” in favor of a spectrum of subjective possibilities.