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January 21, 2010
"In a modern age of rapid technology, we are consistently bombarded with versions of the truth through the presentation of information." To say the least. In an era where iPhones interface with TweetDeck, government censors weigh in on broadcast television the same as they did during the Smothers Brothers' heyday, and Wayne Coyne's yard is showing up on Google Maps, technology is amplifying the mid-aughts notion of Too Much Information.

Attempting to "unmask the validity and stability of the communication of information," the Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt has mounted her latest mixed media installation at the Texan Co-Lab gallery with an allegorical ear to the game of "Chinese whispers." The exhibition kicks off today and closes on Sunday.

Known for developing installations and multimedia pieces "that speak about convergent energies," Wendt has assembled three stations "where the viewer will listen to a fable, a news item or a description of one of the artist's allegorical films and have the chance to then retell the story or passage." Far from simple audio stops with crackly speakers, each station will have both listening and recording capabilities, and the interpretations from one evening will be presented to audiences of the next as the definitive version of the original audio.

As the exhibition unfolds the discrepancies between the original recordings and the reproductions will certainly become more pronounced, and after just three days the event's closing reception "will showcase the originals and the final versions... to observe the fragility of interpretation and the subjective influence of middle mediators."

There will be an additional interactive element to the exhibition in the form of a presentation-and-response dialogue between artist and audience, via "a triptych of large format Chromogenic prints by the artist, 'illustrating' each of the audio segments with a staged tableau photograph." Participants will have the opportunity to write a caption underneath each piece, addressing the delicate balance or lack thereof between imagery and text.

Alyssa Taylor Wendt will be on hand for the duration of the exhibition, taking a bit of a holiday from the harsh winter of New York City. According to the gallery, she will be available most days "to talk and answer questions," so don't pass up an opportunity to really grill an artist on their meaning and subtext.

SEE ALSO: www.alyssataylorwendt.com
SEE ALSO: www.colabspace.org

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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