Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet

April 10, 2015 to December 6, 2015 | Focus II Gallery

Through a series of recent single-channel videos, Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet examines the changing understanding and representation of the self via digital technology and the Internet. Taking Jacques Lacan’s concept of the “mirror stage”—a psychoanalytic stage of human development in which the infant first encounters an image of itself (often via a mirror) and begins to perceive the notion of selfhood—as its starting point, this exhibition explores how we as human beings now reencounter and reimagine the self via the myriad of screens we encounter in our digital lives.

Over the course of eight months, the exhibition will display works by an international roster of artists— including Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Antoine Catala, Aleksandra Domanović, Jon Rafman, Jacolby Satterwhite, Hito Steyerl, and Ryan Trecartin—with a different artist’s work on view each month. This exhibition is the latest in the Museum’s ongoing Concentrations series of contemporary project-based exhibitions showcasing the work of internationally emerging and under-represented artists. 

Exhibition Schedule

Admission is FREE   


Kool-Aid Man in Second Life Tours

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Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman will perform as the iconic Kool-Aid Man as part of his ongoing performances within Second Life—an online virtual world. 


Artist Talk: Morehshin Allahyari

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In conjunction with the exhibition A to Z: Abracadabra to Zombies at SMU’s Pollock Gallery, new media artist, art activist, educator, and curator Morehshin Allahyari will talk about her recent research and art projects, with a particular focus on the poetic relationship between 3-D printing, plastic, oil, jihad, and technocapitalism. Allahyari will discuss radical approaches to new technologies, specifically 3-D printing and its relationship to activism and the political conditions of our time.


Mirror Stage: Panel Discussion

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Gabriel Ritter, The DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will lead a conversation focused on representations of the self via digital technology and the Internet with artists Ed Atkins and Jacolby Satterwhite, both of whom are featured in the exhibition Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet. Ceci Moss, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, will join the discussion as an expert on art and the Internet.