Twitter Inspires Photographs in New Gallery Exhibit

April 18, 2013 by University of La Verne


Where do Twitter tweets originate? Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman answer that question in their new photo exhibit “Geolocation: Desertscapes” at the University of La Verne’s Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography.

La Verne Assistant Professor of Math Gail Tang and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Sean Dillon both contributed faculty essays to the exhibit, which will run through Friday, May 24.

Larson, a full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Shindelman, lecturer in photography at the University of Georgia tracked the GPS coordinates of tweets and photographed the origination sites.

Singularly, neither tweet nor photograph is impressive; it is their juxtaposition that makes this show dynamic,” Tang said. “Though the artists do not control the general location of the tweets, they determine the time of day, the angles, and the directions toward which the photographs are made. By making these choices, the artists have constructed visuals based on their interpretations of the tweets.”

In addition to the Carlson Gallery display, the photographs created by Larson and Shindelman have recently been featured by several media outlets including Wired Magazine, The Picture Show from NPR, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

“Their exhibition entitled Geolocation: Desertscapes invites us to consider distance, as its title implies between points in space,” Dillon said. “We quickly move on, though, to consider other kinds of distance: between the hearts and minds [of] people, between aspirant and goal, between points in time, even between caption and content.”

When: Exhibit: Monday, April 15, 2013 – Friday, May 24, 2013
Reception: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: University of La Verne, Miller Hall, Irene Carlson Gallery, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750

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