This exhibition represents a new direction for shamanistic artist, Michael Dudeck.
More than merely displaying art, the collaboration explores how the exhibition form
—its language, visitor participation and design—becomes a valuable tool for an artist
to continue the creative process. With this exhibition, Dudeck and Bruno question
objects’ identity, and therefore, challenge the exhibition as authority. “In the museum,
information is presented as fact, even though often it is not,” says artist, Michael Dudeck.
Dudeck’s methodology of Punc Arkaeology creates a framework for viewing objects
in new ways. “Punc Arkæology is the term for Dudeck’s effort to move beyond such
literal definitions, to dig deeper into what we expect and desire from objects in our lives,
and to create works of art that get viewers to think about what is materialized and left
unmaterialized,” says Daniel Larkin of Hyperallergic. Dudeck starts from the beginning
of narrative–our Western story of creation–questioning assumptions about gender, desire,
and the identity of G-d. Guided by the exhibition, we are opened slowly to alternate
viewings of the creation of Man. Using Dudeck’s arsenal of performance, drawing,
sculpture, photography, and academic research, we are invited to a new experience
of viewing these mediums, and therefore, a queering of the Museum itself. The audience
completes the exhibition by participating in Punc Arkaeology, through an invitation
to interact with curated objects and to make their own artworks.
Michael Dudeck was Spring 2014 Exhibitor-in-Residence at Freeman Space.
A support exhibition for Jill Sigman, a multi-disciplinary artist working in performance and installation,
in the context of Hut #7, the seventh in a two-year series of huts built from local trash, found and
re-purposed materials called The Hut Project. Each hut is at the same time a structure, a sculpture,
and an emergency preparedness kit in which themes of sustainability, shelter, real estate, and apocalypse
intersect. Our exhibition gives context to the installation by exploring the previous six huts in The Hut Project
series. The concept of reuse is central to the design of the exhibit. Playing with the materials that have
been used in previous huts, the design forms a “skin” within the space, drawing the exhibit off the walls
and creating an environment that envelops visitors. The environment makes use of some of the materials
that formed previous huts or everyday materials, for example, highlights of ace bandages, caution tape,
or plant material to draw attention to information points within the exhibit.
For a talk between the exhibition team, the artist and research consultants, click here.
We assisted PLAYGROUND DETROIT with an outdoor installation by Cristin Richard. We co-ordinated the location in a public park in advance, found a backstage space for the performers and facilitated on-site problems with the delicate artwork. In addition to project management, we designed promotional and on-site collateral to educate the visitors about the artwork, the artist and PLAYGROUND DETROIT'S mission.