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Presented as a "You-Tube-Theque/Petroteque," this series of experimental film essays by Johan Grimonprez comment on the influence and consequence of the introduction and dissemination of new media — from film, video, digital imaging and sound recording, on the one hand, to theater, television and on-demand viewing at home and on the internet, on the other. The artist mixes reality and fiction in an innovative fashion and presents contemporary history from multiple perspectives.
Also being unveiled is an exhibition by Austin art collective Okay Mountain. The group's projects play on the conventions and absurdities of contemporary consumer culture, drawing on pop graphics and styling to create works that are scrappy, colorful, and, in their own words, "maximal." For their exhibition at the Blaffer, Okay Mountain will create an immersive environment composed of multipart installations featuring sculptures, videos, sounds, lights and wall drawings that explore sleeping as an altered state vulnerable to coercion.
An opening reception will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. The exhibitions are on view through April 2.