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Machine Dazzle in front of Brooklyn Waste Management Facility
Machine Dazzle in front of Brooklyn Waste Management Facility. Photo by Enrique Pastor.

Ouroboros

Machine Dazzle
Presented in partnership with the U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Roman J. Witt Residency Program
March 14 — August 25, 2024
Irving Stenn, Jr. Family Gallery

An Exhibition In Three Acts

In Ouroboros, artist Machine Dazzle presents a maximalist wonderland inspired by the ancient symbol of a snake consuming its own tail. Unfolding in three acts, Dazzle’s installation explores a journey of infinities and stories of eternal life and rebirth.

The exhibition takes visitors on a symbolic odyssey through Dazzle’s unique point of view, weaving found objects and locally sourced materials into an immersive experience. As the installation progresses, the gallery space transforms, revealing new layers of meaning and inviting contemplation on the cyclical nature of existence.

In the initial act, the gallery serves as a canvas for Dazzle’s lavish interpretation of the Ouroboros. Subsequent acts introduce dynamic shifts. The culmination unfolds as the sculpture becomes animated and wearable by a group of performers. This final act, a celebration coinciding with LGBTQ Pride Month, symbolizes the interconnectedness of the installation with contemporary narratives.

Photo of Machine Dazzle by Amy Touchette

About the Artist

Machine Dazzle

Machine Dazzle is the 2024 Roman J. Witt Artist In Residence. For nearly two decades, Machine Dazzle has been producing spectacular costumes, sets, and performances that transfix audiences with a maximalist kaleidoscope. In recent years, Dazzle has brought his vibrant vision, informed by queer culture and expressions of the queer body, to the creation of bespoke installations. Machine Dazzle’s work has been exhibited internationally. His first solo exhibition, Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle, was held at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City in 2022.

About the University of Michigan Roman J. Witt Residency

The Roman J. Witt Residency Program, developed with the support of University of Michigan alumna Penny W. Stamps and named in honor of her father, is an annual international competition that awards one residency per academic year to a visiting artist/designer who proposes to develop a new work in collaboration with University of Michigan students and faculty.

Upcoming Event

Photo by Gregory Kramer

Related Event

Artist talk with Machine Dazzle: Revelations of Maximalism

Historic Theater

Thu, Mar 14, 2024 5:30pm–7:00pm
Presented by UMMA and the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

SUPPORT

Ouroboros is presented in partnership with the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, with lead support provided by the U-M Office of the Provost, U-M Arts Initiative, Candy and Michael Barasch, Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer, Susan and Richard Gutow, and the U-M LSA Honors Program. Additional generous support is provided by the U-M School of Social Work.