Waveform: David Galbraith and Teresa Seemann
March 8 – April 29 2001
Featuring the collaborative work of David Galbraith (b. 1965, Milwaukee, WI) and Teresa Seemann (b. 1965, Milwaukee, WI), Waveform explores the innovative and unexpected ways artists working with new media are creating on-going exchanges with other artists. The first project in the Media Z Lounge to integrate all the available technology, the title of the exhibition serves as a metaphor for the connections highlighted by the artists through the videos, audio compilations, animation, computer programs, photographs, magazine projects, and ephemera such as fan letters and performance props on display. The exhibition includes several works by Galbraith and Seemann, including a DVD compilation of footage of the various bands represented, a sound installation with tracks from the bands, a projection of the animation Tidal Wave, and a hypertext computer programming mapping the connections among the participants. In addition, Waveform includes the work of bands and DJs including The Experimental Makeup, PFR, Discoteca Flaming Star, DJ Steinbrüchel and Brusa, Twinkle Girls, Marina Rosenfed, Professor Brown with DJ Jambox, and Iron Lap; and visual artists Hunter Ochs, Christof Kurzman, Megumi Nakai, Michael J Mahalchick, Marcos rosales, and Malcolm Jamieson.
Galbraith and Seemann’s practice is characterized by its spontaneity, energy, and adaptability. Working primarily in a situational format, they create each exhibition within the parameters of the given space and context. Although they also make autonomous works apart from a particular installation, their commitment to exchange and exploration has generally kept their work outside of the commercial gallery system. After receiving their undergraduate degrees in different disciplines, they successfully completed both the MFA program at CalArts and the Whitney Independent Study Program as an artistic team. As collaborators for many years, Galbraith and Seemann pose a powerful challenge to the still-prevalent expectation that every artist should be the sole author of works created in a signature style. Waveform is not only a collaboration between Galbraith and Seemann; it details the interactions and associations of many other artists all contributing to a complex web of interrelated components. As a series of moments, events, and happenings presented in a nonlinear and interactive format, Waveform is animated by the spontaneity and energy that characterize collaboration at its best.