Opening: Friday, 5 November 2021 from 5:30-9:00 PM
IU Kokomo Downtown Art Gallery (map)
Apophenia (2021) is an artistic exploitation of the human propensity to seek patterns in random information. The post-truth era of ‘alternative facts’ over the last five years has brought on mass delusion, bold-faced lying, and wild conspiracy theories. I believe this coordinated attack was made possible by apophenia—where people find meaningful connections in unrelated and often fictional events. UFO cover-ups, Bigfoot sightings, and QAnon assertions are all examples. The audio and video in this project are created to deliberately stimulate this phenomenon as an artistic experience.
Erik Deerly is an award-winning visual and sound artist, exhibiting across the Americas and in Asia and Europe. His work focuses on the exploration of synesthetic experiences and is driven by interests in perception, cognition, time, and movement. Erik’s range of work includes audio, film, installation, and expanded photography. Awards include a New Frontiers of Creativity Grant, multiple film festival honors, a South by Southwest Interactive prize, a Lumen Prize selection, and an Aesthetica Art Prize. Erik is professor of new media at Indiana University Kokomo.
IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery
102 North Main St, Kokomo, Indiana 46901
Friday, 5 November 2021 from 5:30-9:00 PM