CYB.ORG 2nd Year MFA Exhibition
Scavenger, an animal that feeds on carrion, dead plant material, or refuse;
A person who searches for and collects discarded items.
The apparent difference between a treasure hunt and a scavenger hunt is that the former is a search for something of universal value, whereas the latter is a search for something with local value. Admittedly, both values are fictions.
So let’s go on a hunt. The list of clues are here, in this space. The artifacts defy cohesion, they only function as clues. You figure out what you’re looking for.
Safari Can’t Find the Server Safari can’t open the page “cyb.org" because Safari can’t find the server “cyb.org".
Honestly, we haven’t spent much time together in real space. We met over Zoom for a year, squinted at our screens trying to look at each other’s work via PDFs and grainy webcam footage, then had to submit forms and pass tests to be allowed in the same physical space on campus.
We spliced up the cyborg, we accepted the defunct link that emerged. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we will never capture her: not in resin, not on canvas, not through light. The works here are partial indexes of the ‘structures of feeling’ we inhabit--our self-preservation maintained through separation and reflection. The result: fragmented views of the possible futures available to us, and the monstrous space in-between.
CYB.ORG is an eight-person exhibition, representing the work of current second-year M.F.A. Studio Art candidates at Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine.