Skyler Chen "Republic of Norman: Chapter One Imitation of Life"

Gallery 456 in Chinese-American Arts Council

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Those before us adapted to changes in technologies by soundly rejecting or embracing them. As technology changed the world around them, they changed their approach to the world - cause and effect - one step at a time. But while technology grows exponentially, the human mind’s ability to process it cannot.

Now a generation of new thinkers are attempting to scale an increasingly steep mountain that appears to grow taller as we climb. Going back down is no longer a possibility. The ground can‘t compete with what we see now. But, continuing to work upward is confusing and even terrifying. This is new territory, yet we’re scaling a mountain with climbing gear made for a hill.

What is so daunting? Why aren’t we utilizing this once unimaginable panoramic view of the world we are suddenly afforded? Perhaps time hasn’t slowed enough to make a new game plan. Age old perceptions of family, monetary value, religion and self-worth are comforting to hold onto, but far less meaningful on our new playing field, sometimes even detrimental. Knowledge is now available to a new spectrum of the world without regard to the members-only policy enforced for so long. But everything has a price.

In the Republic of Norman that sacrifice may be the blurring of important messages and those that are useless. Millions of those messages compete for a piece of the real estate known as the human mind, once hungry for occupancy, now surging past sustainability. Are valuable revelations and relationships outshined by the barrage of new messages and associations now a part of daily life? Or is technology capable of creating new and vast spaces we’re afraid to utilize? In the Republic of Norman chapter 1 you can stop the surge of noise-- and judge for yourself.



from September 05, 2008 to September 30, 2008

Opening Reception on 2008-09-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


Skyler Chen

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