ACRE looks for signs of intelligent life

Chicago Tribune

By KT Hawbaker / 4.12.18

Robot sentience, monolithic media outlets, government surveillance in social spaces —you know, those fun, dystopian anxieties that seem less fictional on a daily basis. These are some of the concerns at the heart of ACRE’s show, “Short Circuit.” Bringing together four artists, the show explores “the circulation of imagery and information within digital mass media.” Or, rather, it asks what the heck viewership and subjectivity mean in the blue light of a smartphone.

Curated by Elizabeth Lalley, Circuit features new work by Barber, Sheida Soleimani, Cassie Tompkins and Lauren Valley, making for a collision of old and new media.