[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Artists' Studios: "Reflection (hope and reconciliation)" by Michael Takeo Magruder

Jo-Anne Green jo at turbulence.org
Mon Nov 17 19:02:29 CET 2008

November 17, 2008
Turbulence Artists' Studios: "Reflection (hope and reconciliation)" by
Michael Takeo Magruder
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Pervasive mass-media in the information age offers us a continuous stream of
mediated realities. Countless events of varying and often questionable
significance emerge as scrolling columns of headline news and then quickly
fade into the soon-forgotten annals of our time. Within this saturated
datascape of history, there are singular defining moments that rise above
the ubiquitous monotony of the everyday. These events shape the
consciousness of individuals and nations alike by transcending their epoch,
and are indelibly situated within greater historical overviews that inform
the perceptions of both present and future generations. In an era of unjust
wars and monumental acts of terror, some of these events have eroded our
most precious institutions and sustained fear within all strata of society,
while others have instilled within us hope and offered us a means to
reconcile our past transgressions. "Reflection (hope and reconciliation)"
re-mediates one such moment. Through the distillation of its aesthetic
elements - images, words, voice, music - we experience the event with
changed, but undiminished intensity.


Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK working with
new and technological media within contemporary arts practice. He is a
long-standing member of King's Visualisation Lab located in the Centre for
Computing in the Humanities, King's College London. His artworks have been
showcased in over 200 exhibitions and 30 countries. His work blends
information age technologies with modernist-like aesthetics to explore the
formal structures and conceptual paradigms of the networked, digital world.
He seeks to create artworks in which there are no divisions between
technologies, aesthetics, and concepts.

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