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Sep 17
Front Lawn / University of Michigan Museum of Art
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Nights at the Museum | Digital art installation: In the Labyrinth by Chris Doyle

Join us for the 2017 Nights at the Museum, a series of free public events during which the State Street facade will be illuminated with artwork, performances, and movies from September 15-22.

This year, UMMA will showcase Brooklyn-based artist Chris Doyle’s video piece In the Labyrinth of an imaginary landscape built as a repository for environmental and economic anxieties.
"Growing up in rural America, the forest was for me, a place that stimulated both terror and desire. I projected all kinds of fantasies onto the gnarled landscapes. Even now, the forest continues to maintain its powerful pull over my thoughts and fears, though the terrors projected onto that landscape have grown far more ominous in scope and scale as threat of environmental disaster darkens the horizon. It seems impossible to imagine an American landscape without the frame of profound worry for its future.
As a society, our worries are not limited to environmental apocalypse. The growing divide between the richest and poorest in America has expanded at an alarming rate. The concentration of wealth at the top pushes greed deep into the territory of perversion. Taken together, these concerns combine to form a fairly potent synthesis of fears. In the Labyrinth is an imaginary landscape built as a repository for those anxieties." ~Chris Doyle

Doyle’s work ranges from watercolor, performance, animation, projection and installation to large-scale public art. In his animations and films, he explores the cultural construction of landscape as we make the difficult move from an industrial society into the digital age.

In the Labyrinth, 2016 by Chris Doyle
Single-channel digital animation
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

Production: Dirt Empire
Creative Director (or Art Director): Nicholas Rubin
Lead Compositor: Peter Panton
Lead Texture Artist: Joshua Vaughan
Lead Digital Sculpting and Modeling: Nicholas Rubin
Assistant Sculpting and Modeling: Zain Awais
Assistant Animator: Alexis Kadonsky


Nights at the Museum is presented in partnership with the University Musical Society, the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office, School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Ann Arbor District Library, and the Neutral Zone.