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SOA's Kessler Debuts 'Global Village Idiot'
Jon Kessler's piece, "Gisele and the Cinopticon" (detail), 2004, is on exhibit at Deitch Projects in SoHo .
Credit: Photo Courtesy of Tom Powel Imaging

"I wanted to call attention to the fact that we live a very heavily 'surveiled' life, where video cameras are everywhere," said Jon Kessler, chair of the School of the Arts' Visual Arts Division, of his new solo art exhibit. "These sculptures point out how we have grown accustomed to surveillance and to an extent have a level of comfort with the cameras around us."

His exhibition, "Global Village Idiot," which opened April 24 at the SoHo gallery Deitch Projects, combines sculpture and surveillance cameras. Kessler has arranged the pieces so that his mechanical sculptures are filmed by cameras, with new, real-time, changing images appearing on television monitors.

Kessler has been working with mechanical sculptures for two decades. He currently has another exhibition on display in Tokyo through May 9, titled "Ghosts." He collaborated on this piece with novelist Paul Auster (CC'69, GSAS'70), and it is based on Auster's book of the same title. The exhibition is on display at the Forum of the Maison Hermes. "Global Village Idiot" runs through June 5 at Deitch, located at 76 Grand St.

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Published: Apr 27, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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