Dawn Johnston and Kristoff Steinruck
curated by: Nestor Krüger
*opening Thursday June 2, 7-10pm
*closing Saturday July 2
The information provided in the message was clear in its delivery, but somehow difficult to understand. We have always hated this type of delivery method, as it seeps into our mental space like water into a basement. Pretty soon we found ourselves spacing out at home, trying to relax our thoughts. Inevitably our thoughts turned to weight loss treatments, penis enlargement devices, and low interest rates. Free information could be the result of Dawn Johnston and Kristoff Steinruck's transformation of a gallery space into a site for information dissemination, ingestion, bombardment, and overload. FREE INFORMATION comes at a cost. Within this sphere there is a potential risk of an impairment of goodwill, for instance, if this informed goodwill is assigned to us, then there must be some kind of positive result or effect, no? The result may be: text, images, podcasts, newscasts, web videos, sound bites, disasters, scientific breakthroughs, technological developments, political upheavals, environmental disasters, civil wars, and global economic meltdowns. These all compete for our attention in an endless array of formats and mediums, on myriad devices and screens. This sentiment will inevitably creep back into academic and public discourse. However, the amount of speculation on the potential effects of living in this type of environment is exhausting in scope and volume. We exist in a communication and media environment where the amount of information available for consumption on a daily, hourly, minute-by-minute, second-by-second, nano-second-by-nano... is beyond comprehension or quantification. Maybe this is due to our inability to understand where we started this project? God knows the psychological effects of resistance would be hard to predict. "They" deliver information to us from a multitude of sources and at such a rate that much of the information we receive goes seemingly unnoticed in our conscious minds. Out of necessity we have become detached, unable to process or recognize facts, unable to connect with the reality we inhabit, and unable to locate ourselves within a shifting field of information and images. Our members practice approximately 200 different types of information delivery every day in more than 240,000 facilities across the country. As a result, some believe it is necessary to live in a state of desensitization and willful blindness to the deluge of meaningless, banal, and overwhelmingly repetitive and ephemeral details about, well, nothing... and everything.