August 22, 2016

Purdue Galleries to feature virtual reality and installation work

Galleries rossin Rachel Rossin, n=7 / The Wake of Heat in Collapse, 2015 (“interspace”) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –Purdue University Galleries will open two new exhibits Aug. 29-30 based around virtual/augmented reality and labor in our consumer systems.

“interspace” will be presented from Aug. 29 through Oct. 8 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.

Curated by Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler, and featuring works by Rachel Rossin, Daniel Sauter, and Lucas Kuzma, this exhibition investigates virtual reality in the contemporary moment as an interspace between early experiments and notions of VR and those of today; between art, design and technology; between virtuality and reality; between rationality and emotion. The next wave of VR is happening now and is being heralded to reach its potential as a mass medium in the coming year. A range of predominantly vision-oriented immersive technologies promise more convincing immersive experiences - from new forms of empathy, storytelling and communication - to new ways of knowing and sensing the world.

interspace is part of the campus-wide event “Dawn or Doom 2016: Is Technology Moving Faster Than Our Ability to Understand?,” to be presented October 3 and 4 on campus. This exhibition is generously co-sponsored by American Digital and HPE. For more information on the conference, go to

Galleries unsustainable Alysha Kupferer (Chicago, IL), Unsustainable Systems, mixed media installation Download image

From 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 8, Purdue Galleries will host a reception in Ringel Gallery with comments by the interspace curators.

“Alysha Kupferer: Unsustainable Systems” will be presented Aug. 30 through Oct. 8 in the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette.

Kupferer’s installation will be a room-size environment in the Fountain Gallery. In reflection of a system that hides the labor of working hands, blank, mass-produced T-shirts are stacked in reference to a retail setting, but in pre-established geometries that break down through their own accumulation. The greater the accumulation, the more dramatically the system defeats itself. Kupferer’s installation project works to “make visible the invisible within consumer systems,” reveals the hand of the maker, and comments on the “self-defeating system of accumulation” within consumer culture. The installation will evolve through labor performances in the gallery.

From 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 1, Purdue Galleries will host an opening reception in Fountain Gallery with comments by the artist.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Kupferer will present a labor performance in Fountain Gallery.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center on Purdue’s main campus. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main Street, Lafayette, in the historic Perrin Building. The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Craig Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Contact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061,

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