InLiquid presents the final installment of TangenT’s RedAct series at The Icebox Project Space and Grey Area at Crane Arts from January 14 – 29, 2016. RedAct is a series of artworks that explores visual renderings of facts detailed in redacted public documents. Drawing from state and federal reporting on children and institutions that govern child welfare, along with redaction in its many forms, the redact series is as much a meditation on information control, privacy, truth, and the increasing vagaries of childhood in America, as much as it is about what is left behind, what we can record, see and know.
Fly Spec No. 1, the inaugural artwork in the series, designed for the Dumbo Arts Festival 2014, uses the patterns of redacted text coupled with an original soundtrack as a metaphor for disconnection of experience, falsehood and a suspension of truth. In Fly Spec No. 2 from the series RedAct, 2014, it is both an artifact of an earlier performance and mediation on recording a memory of an event. The artworks rely on intentional use of imagery and material as metaphor. The third iteration, in collaboration with InLiquid for Philly Tech Week 2015, occurred on April 23rd at the Kimmel Center. TangenT used three areas—the Cube, a screen inside the Kimmel, and a stage—where they held a second performance in their Tyvec suits – with projections of hands redacting information on their bodies, with live music and sound from Mike Brenner and percussionist Hoagey Wing. The fourth and final installment at Crane Arts will pull together these previous elements, including sound, projection, performance, artifacts from previous performances, and newly created objects, to create a completely immersed environment based on the theme of redaction. As a part of InLiquid’s Art for Action series, there will be additional public programming, including a live performance by TangenT at the opening reception and a panel discussion on art and social practice (details TBA).
Founded in 2007 by InLiquid artist members Yvonne Love, Gabrielle Russomagno, William Cromar, and Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, TangenT (collaborative) is dedicated to mixed-media, project-based, immersive art environments exploring socially relevant and politically current themes. Originally designed as a side project meant to explore the intersection of traditional fine art media with new media forms, their collaborative efforts over the past seven years have become an essential part of their creative lives shaping and informing their artistic endeavors.