Proximal Distance was a six-month series of exhibitions at the Storefront Studio in Chicago, March – July 2012, curated by Alva Mooses and Caitlin Gianniny.
Proximal Distance brought together artists and researchers to explore perceptions of distance; from engagement with one’s immediate surroundings to the collapsing of space made possible by media and technology. Drawing on the dynamic relationship that exists between physical and virtual interaction on a large scale demonstrated by popular movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy, and personal experiences maintaining relationships at a distance, the series explored how new forms of communication influence an individual’s interactions, sense of community and cultural identity.
Curated between Boston and Chicago, Proximal Distance was developed primarily via internet communication with an online archive that documenting the installations, performances and workshops based out of the Storefront Studio. The Storefront Studio, situated in the historically migrant neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago, hosted the series of projects and exhibitions. Invited artists and researchers also presented at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at The University of Chicago.
Artists and collectives included 3-art, Dan Borelli, Trey Burns, DADDY, Guillermo Gudiño, Ivy Haldeman, Rose Khor, Louise Manifold, Andrejs Rachut, Danielle Rosen, Martyna Szczesna, and Georgia Wall.
The series was made possible with support from the University of Chicago Council for the Arts, the National Museum for Mexican Art and through the generosity of many donors via our Kickstarter campaign.