Window | Interface

August 31, 2007 - November 5, 2007
Kemper Art Museum


Window | Interface is the second installment in the Screen Arts and New Media Aesthetics series. The exhibition highlights a variety of artistic projects -- including videos, photographs and digital installations -- that explore the roles of windows, screens, and interfaces as both boundaries and sites of transaction between machine and mind, data and perception, the physical and the virtual.

The first section of the exhibition will focus on windows, featuring artists such as Doug Aitken, Cerith Wyn Evans, David Hilliard, and Jeff Wall, who explore and question the ways in which windows have been used in artistic practice to represent abstracted, disembodied, and framed sight. The second section looks at ways in which multimedia installations, videos, and photographs offer new aesthetic experiences, often through new media apparatuses of screens and interfaces. These works, by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Peter Campus, Olafur Eliasson, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Jeffrey Shaw, often move beyond a visual experience to involve hearing and touch and underscore the significance of the body as central to aesthetic experience.

Window | Interface will be on display from August 31 to November 5, 2007 and is curated by Sabine Eckmann, director and chief curator at the Kemper Art Museum, and Lutz Koepnick, the Museum's curator for new media as well as professor of German and film & media studies at Washington University.

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Featured artists

Doug Aitken; Joseph Beuys; Peter Campus; Albrecht Dürer; Olafur Eliasson; Cerith Wyn Evans; Valie Export; Kirsten Geisler; Gary Hill; David Hilliard; Shingo Inao; Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle; Marcel Odenbach; Nam June Paik, Jud Yalkut, and Charlotte Moorman; Jeffrey Shaw; Hiroshi Sugimoto; Bill Viola; Jeff Wall

Educator resources

The Museum's Education department connects special exhibitions with students of all levels through specialized tours, curriculum plans, hands-on activities, and more. Download the Connections Guide for the exhibition for more details.

Exhibition support

Support for Window | Interface was provided by James M. Kemper, Jr., the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, the Hortense Lewin Art Fund, and individual contributors to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.