After Seattle

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Hedreen Gallery says
In 1972, the American physicist P. W. Anderson published an influential paper titled “More Is Different.” What did he mean by this? Simply, there is a point when you have so much of something—so many cells, so many ants, so many people—that something new emerges. Moreover, that new thing could not be predicted by its constitutive elements. Nothing about an individual ant tells you anything about its colony. You can’t see a city by examining the anatomy of a human being. What emerges is completely different from the parts that made it happen. This is not mystical. This is a fact. You can look at an oxygen atom for billions of years and never predict its path to something as common as water. The movement from one stage to the next is called a phase transition.

The reason why I call this exhibit After Seattle is that there is a point when a sharp increase in our city’s buildings, human activity, and economic volume will change it into something we could never foresee. Something that is not Seattle as we understand it. Another city that’s not apparent in the life and practices of its older and smaller social formations. With the most recent boom in construction and inflows of capital, the third such boom in under 15 years, we must see ourselves in a phase of transition. We are at the point of becoming something that is for the most part unknown to us. Seattle as a hyperobject. This exhibit is about the movement to this next object. There has to be some speculation--we are human, after all. There are some concerns--we are social, after all. There is hope--we are mortal, after all. After Seattle is a vision from this transition.

Exhibit runs through May 9, 2015

Exhibiting Artists:
Jerry Garcia
Cary Moon
Charles Mudede
Virginia Wilcox
Zia Mohajerjasbi
Sean Ono Lennon
Tendai Maraire

Window installation by Olson Kundig

Film Editor: Madeline Reddington
Literary Editor: Jen Graves

Researchers: Alyssa Campbell, Carole Triem

Image credit: Virginia Wilcox
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By: Hedreen Gallery

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