In the artist statement for her exhibition “Deus ex machina,” Martha Whittington says:
“Recalling the moment when machines became gods and workers became machines, deus ex machina is a precisely constructed environment of obscurely comprehensible machines and devices. Dancers as workers react within the installation, performing tasks for reasons and results that can only be implied by the viewer.”
Among the materials included in this exhibition are cotton rope, poplar wood, wool felt, stainless steel, and video. Elements of the installation include custom-made ladders; hand-made victrolas; cotton webbing and stainless tool belts; aprons; a rope hook, cotton twine; 11-pound stainless steel orbs; music; 6 – 7 performers, and more.
Jon Ciliberto, an Atlanta contemporary composer, and Beacon Dance, under the direction of Patton White, have collaborated with Ms. Whittington in composing new music and designing architectural dance moves in response to the installation. Dance performances will be presented during the Opening Reception and during regularly scheduled performances throughout the run of the exhibition.
Admission to the opening reception is free for members and US Military w/ID, $5 for non-members, $1 for students.
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 30, 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Talk
Through Oct. 6.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
75 Bennett Street, Suite A-2