I produced a video for the exhibition The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, which traces the interest in history, archaeology, and archival research that defines some of the most highly regarded art of the last decade. Curated by former MCA Chicago Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete, the exhibition makes the argument that we are in the midst of an artistic movement which Roelstraete has termed the “Historiographic Turn.”
After completing the “facelift” of the MCA’s website, we needed to address the site’s content management system. The legacy system was custom built by a previous in-house developer and was at least five or six years old—ancient by most web standards. In addition, the old CMS had been hacked for the launch of the facelift in order to make the updated front-end function on top of the legacy CMS.
The Visitor Motivation Survey of the MCA website was conducted to give the organization insight into how the site was being used. The intent was to be able to identify which kinds of users were accessing the site in an effort to analyze current and inform future online offerings.
London-based artist Goshka Macuga’s residency project for the MCA Chicago, titled a Chicago Comedy, is inspired by Hamburg Conversations on Art: Hamburg Comedy, a 1896 work by German Jewish art historian Aby Warburg. Because the resulting work, likely to be a play, would not exist until the end of the residency term, the residency project team’s challenge was to make the residency visible to the public. The artist preferred not to create an object or an installation to represent the residency, so digital, with its ability to present a depth of information in a physically economical and engaging way, emerged as the best candidate.
The artist’s process is being documented and presented to the public as Preparatory Notes for a Chicago Comedy. Our team became involved as interactive media designers/developers.
Los Angeles–based artist Amanda Ross-Ho premiered her first outdoor public art project, THE CHARACTER AND SHAPE OF ILLUMINATED THINGS at the MCA Chicago. This video served as a primary component of the interpretative materials for the exhibition.
The MCA Chicago’s exhibition Amalia Pica was the artist’s first major solo museum show in the United States. Pica uses simple materials—such as photocopies, lightbulbs, drinking glasses, beer bottles, bunting, cardboard, and other found materials—to create work that explores metaphor, communication, and language. She is particularly interested in the role of the artist in conveying messages to audiences and the translation of thought to action, and idea to object. The video features Pica’s commentary as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the artist installing her work.
In close collaboration with the MCA Store, the Design, Publishing, and New Media Department created a new design concept for their online store site and e-commerce interface. The new design features an improved site structure, reconsidered navigation, and clearer visual hierarchy for a more intuitive interface.