New Media Series—Hiraki Sawa: Migration
May 3–September 8, 2013
In Migration, a seven-minute digital video, men and women depicted at Lilliputian scale, along with miniature horses, elephants, and camels, traverse the interior of a life-size apartment. Sawa borrowed pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge's late
19th-century studies of human and animal locomotion, animating the walking gaits of Muybridge's subjects across the window sills, floors, and countertops of the Japanese artist's flat in London.
Sawa merges 21st-century digital technology with the 19th-century beginnings of photography to produce an intriguingly captivating, imaginary world in black and white.
Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, Hiraki Sawa: Migration will be on view in Gallery 301 from May 3 through September 8, 2013.