Carla Gannis / C.A.R.L.A G.A.N.
May 19 -July 15, 2023
Up until July 15, visitors are encouraged to explore the uniquely captivating exhibition by Carla Gannis, known as C.A.R.L.A G.A.N. WWWUNDERKAMMER, hosted at the esteemed Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. We highly encourage local residents and visitors to make a trip down.
"One of the most compelling (and sometimes daunting) aspects of digital narrative is how it can traverse electronic pathways and physical spaces in more adaptive ways than traditional mono mediums."
- Carla Gannis from Lume Prize interview.
What is WWWunderkammer?
WWWunderkammer, a project by Carla Gannis, is an inventive project aimed to redefine the traditional concept of Wunderkammer or the 'cabinet of curiosities', thus challenging the conventional norms of a museum. Through innovative applications of technology, she seamlessly blends tangible reality with the virtual world. Her installation, mirroring her ongoing online project available on Mozilla Hubs and in high-resolution desktop VR, introduces audiences to various thematic "chambers" - each exploring a unique element of our modern existence, from environmental concerns to the digital metamorphosis of self-perception and language. The in-person exhibit leverages augmented reality to blur the boundary between real and virtual, a technique Gannis employs to delve into the human experience in the digital age, while ensuring knowledge remains accessible for everyone.
Carla Gannis, continued:
Initiated in 2019, WWWunderkammer serves as an ever-evolving project that advances as our understanding of our surroundings deepens. Historically, artists have employed illusions to obscure the demarcation between fact and fiction, constantly encouraging audiences to re-interpret visual content. Gannis invites viewers to embrace a learning and questioning mindset anew, challenging accepted narratives and conventional outlooks, and fostering an understanding of overlooked histories and possible futures.
A renowned American transmedia artist, Carla Gannis spent years teaching at the Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts in New York before transitioning to New York University in 2019. Her oeuvre melds digital designs with celebrated artworks, such as those by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, gaining significant acclaim in 2013 for her emoji reimagining of Hieronymus Bosch's painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
About the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Situated within the College of Charleston School of the Arts, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is an innovative platform fostering dialogue between groundbreaking visual artists from across the globe and diverse communities. As a non-collecting institution, it focuses on the development, display, interpretation, and sharing of thought-provoking ideas, underscoring the historical, societal, and cultural significance of contemporary art.
GALLERY HOURS (during exhibitions)
Monday - Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Open Thursdays until 7pm