Delving into the glorious ambiguity of human communication, “TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read)” is a group exhibition at Oakland’s B4BEL4B Gallery that explores text and language. Showcasing liminal moments of miscommunication and desire, the show’s nine artists have not just contributed work, but their time, to mount an accompanying lecture and a workshop series to construct a space for emergent discourse. An excerpt from Joanna Cheung’s curatorial statement:
As the internet is transforming the ways we communicate, produce and consume informations, new cultural identities have emerged, symbolized by new idioms and gimmicks in written languages. Written language (the medium) has a crucial role as mediator between what is real and the subjective “readings” we do of space; in other words, the way we know the world. While importance is emphasized in the creative process of technological logic and precision, at the core, what is initially invested and also finally produced are the essence of humanism.
“TLDR” presents a range of conversational objects and codified interactions by Morehshin Allahyari, Benedikt Groß & Joey Lee, Jono Brandel, Min Choi, Matthias Dorfelt, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Lauren McCarthy, Tim Roseborough, and Mindy Seu.
Sep 2–Oct 2 / B4BEL4B Gallery / 184 10th Street / Oakland