Mobius is pleased to present Allison Leigh Holt in our ongoing series of artist talks, Reports from Afield*. This iteration of Reports from Afield is presented in collaboration with Bocoup and Boston Cyberarts. The talk will begin at 6pm, followed by a Q+A.
Allison will be discussing some of her recent work and insights from her research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). At CfA Holt will be talking with theoretical cosmologist Dr. Daniel Eisenstein and his colleagues, such as the CfA visualization team, as a resident researcher. Rather than setting out to learn physics, her goals are to get a sense of it as a framework, of how theorists like Eisenstein think with it, and the expanded view of reality that it gives them access to. She considers dialogue of this kind as an extremely valuable crucible for the development of her ideas.
My work is predicated on translating ways-of-knowing into perceivable forms. Recent projects emerge from information and video collected during research with Indonesian shamans, individuals on the autism spectrum, and recently, theoretical physicists. I examine divergent ways of perceiving, comprehending, and interacting with our world and create techniques for engaging with each through media art, combining glass and resin sculpture with video, sound, diagrams, and performance. These works look at the fundamental structures within and the equivalent value between traditional, neurodivergent, and scientific knowledge. They function as maps and simulations of consciousness, and pursue a dialogue between very different experiences of reality.
Allison Leigh Holt is a cross-disciplinary artist living in Oakland, CA whose research-based work explores divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending and describing reality. Holt has received numerous awards from organizations including the U. S. Department of State (Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia), the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Bermant Foundation, and Djerassi Artist Residency; she is also a current finalist for a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Her work has shown internationally at venues such as SFMOMA, Stanford University, Anthology Film Archives, and Cemeti Art House (Indonesia). She studied at The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).
Allison Holt: http://www.oillyoowen.com/
Boston CyberArts: http://bostoncyberarts.org
Many thanks to Open Gallery for hosting this event in their space!
Location: 201 South StreetBoston, MA, 02111
*Reports from Afield is an ongoing program of Mobius, featuring artists who have worked abroad and/or in a public arena, in which they share their projects and documentation with a local audience.