We're thrilled to share that Asma Kazmi and alum Lark VCR will present in San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art's NextNew series, a biannual exhibition program of emerging artists and/or emerging art practices.
The eight artists in NextNewGames create work within this alternative space. The set of board games, video pieces, and new media works consider our current social, political, and cultural climate, creating a porous relationship between the imaginary land of the game space and that of the real world.
Lark and Porpentine Charity Heartscape's elaborate obline game invites players to treat their trauma as if it were virtual pet. Considering the relationship of communities today and in the future, Asma constructs a hypnotic, sensorial experience of the religious site of Makkah and documents the rapid changes to the sacred site.
Asma and Lark are joined by artists Charles Bass, COLL.EO, Rafael Fajardo, Sam Vernon, and Scott Kildall.
These artists move away from the dichotomy of winning or losing. They collectively subvert and interrupt the modes of operating within a game while reflecting on how these game spheres serve as mirrors to our current society: how do we think about cooperation and negotiation? What does it mean to lose or win? Where are points of resolution and conflict? What is your next move?
The exhibition runs from June 16, 2018 to September 16, 2018.
Don't miss the opening reception on June 24, 2018!