November 18, 2010 — January 29, 2011 Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center,
Reality Checking Device, 2008 Box (mixed media), software, electronics, computer monitor
63 in x 16.5 in x 6.3 in
Courtesy of the artist
Reality Checking Device presents the viewer with an animated graphic that weighs the perception of risk against the likelihood that something poses a true
threat to one's safety. As such, the Reality Checking Device acts as a corrective to the transformation of current events into spectacle by the news media,
which tends to inflate public outrage. The Reality Checking Device employs light and reflection to poetic effect: the device's mirrored surface returns the
viewer's image to them, layered over the illuminated chart that measures perception against reality. As such, the Reality Checking Device is intended to act
as a kind or oracle, addressing the possibilities for one's future, and acting to temper, as the artist states, "a society in which anxieties have become a lifestyle
Susanna Hertrich lives and works in Berlin. Her works are situated between the boundaries of art and science and critical design. The objects she creates often
pretend to be products. They come with clear instructions; however, they do not imply obvious solutions. They are made with the intention to pose questions that
hint to psychological dilemmas, neglected needs, and secret desires. Hertrich has held solo exhibitions at Felix Ringel/garage (Düsseldorf), and her work
has been included in exhibitions at Transmediale (Berlin), the Aedes Architecture Gallery in collaboration with Max- Planck-Institute (Berlin), Flughafen Tempelhof
(Berlin), Galerie im Regierungsviertel (Berlin), and Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart). She has commissioned public installations at the pervasive computing lab
at Open University, Milton Keynes, UK; and for Wieden + Kennedy London, UK.
Uncertain Spectator exhibition opening Photo: Travis Cano
Thursday, November 18, 5:30 PM
Thursday, November 18, 6:00 PM — 10:00 PM Featuring
the Troy Chainsaw Ensemble
The Troy Chainsaw Ensemble is a musical group committed to aural invention through two-cycle combustion. The group engages playfully with the visual stereotypes of the
chainsaw while employing the rich timbral qualities of the tool to create saturated washes of sound.
Dancer in the Dark
Thursday, November 18, 7:00 PM
An assault against escapism in film,
Dancer in the Dark is an agonizing and unrelenting narrative of cruelty, hardship and human nature,
punctuated with sequences of song and dance.
Uncertain Spectator is FREE + Open to the public
Closed 11/24–28, 12/8–13,
12/23–01/02 + 01/17
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Project of the
New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the
Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to
the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.
FEAR was made possible with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.