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Opening for "Invisible Ink"

Join us for the opening reception, 6-9pm, Thursday, January 19th. Conversation with Anne de Marcken & Natasha Marin at 6:30.

In "Invisible Ink," interdisciplinary artist Anne de Marcken invites spectators to participate actively in an interrogation of invisibility and privilege that moves beyond the white-walled gallery space into real world action…that in fact helps to reimagine the real world as the art world and action as art.

Working in collaboration with conceptual artist Natasha Marin and writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, de Marcken orchestrates and participates in the transmutation of digital artifacts into the most basic of material elements in order to create a hyper-deliberate, sensual, embodied experience of privilege and accountability in visitors to the installation.

Writing in lemon juice—homemade invisible ink—on butcher paper, de Marcken transcribes a digital backlog of requests for help, offers of support, and assaultive troll attacks received by Marin during her six-month "Reparations" project. The result is a 1000-foot-long enunciation of the ways whiteness protects those affiliated with its power from awareness of and accountability for the costs and benefits of that artificial construction. Participants are invited to iron out the lemon juice messages, enacting the process of making need and harm visible…and are then invited to go farther: to take simple actions to meet need and remedy harm by responding materially to the original messages.

Sycamore's two-channel audio piece provides an atmospheric score for the installation, with loops of appropriated media sound-bites featuring hypocritical words of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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