lookit (detail). Courtesy of Carlos Aflonzo Sanchez

The Situation Room

November 8–January 5, 2020
Museum of the Moving Image

Commissioned by the Museum, six artists have each created four original GIFs that will be presented as two-month installations on the walls and ceiling of the visitor elevator, an exhibition environment that offers a unique and intimate encounter with the work. The installation series was organized by independent curator Lindsay Howard who writes:

"When John F. Kennedy created the Situation Room in the White House in 1961, it was because even the highest stations of command struggled to receive and interpret real-time audio, video, and text communications in times of crisis. Today, few of us can say we have trouble receiving information. “The situation” is constantly updated, pinging to our phones, creating a sensation of non-stop crisis. Information abounds, but interpretation falters. So step into the elevator at Museum of the Moving Image, with its eerie quiet and unreliable cell reception. Without a phone for anesthesia, take in new animated GIFs by artists who imagine information and entertainment unfolding in new ways. They offer interpretation for our glut of information. The Situation Room is a year-long series of site-specific installations that play with the relationship between public and private information, disembodied presence, critical engineering, pranksterism, ambiguous identities, and online user culture."

The GIFs will be published on GIPHY to coincide with the opening of each installation.

On view November 8, 2019–January 5, 2020:
Carlos Alfonzo Sanchez (b. 1992, United States) 
lookit (2019)
Carlos Alfonzo Sanchez is an artist and graphic designer based in Queens, New York. His multimedia artworks explore camp, authorship, and self-disclosure within the public/private borders of digital landscapes. Through the collage of CGI imagery and his own bedroom performances in depraved, erratic drag, he interrogates ego and sincerity through uncanny vignettes in the search of new subjectivities for our digital avatars. 

Other featured artists:
Sam Rolfes, January 8–March 8, 2020
Heather Phillipson, March 11–May 10, 2020
Borna Sammak, May 13–July 12, 2020
Molly Soda, July 14–September 13, 2020
Eva and Franco Mattes, September 16–November 15, 2020

Organized by Lindsay Howard, independent curator

The Situation Room series is made possible by support from GIPHY Arts.