Permanent State of Emergency
State of Emergency was the inaugural exhibition of the Window Gallery, Eyebeam’s new rotating gallery space programmed by Eyebeam fellows and residents and viewable on West 21st Street. A deliberately provocative projection series organized and co-curated by Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen, State of Emergency included work by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, Mary Kelly, Allan Sekula, Walid Raad, Leslie Thornton, Gregory Sholette, Louis Hock, Marty Lucas, Sally Stein, Martha Rosler, Ligorano/Reese, Yvonne Rainer, James T. Hong, and Yin-Ju Chen, as well as Millner and Larsen themselves.
State of Emergency began several years ago as a silent shout-out against the ever-deepening devastation of democracy, a group response to the manufactured “state of emergency” in which we live. This updated version reinterpreted that theme to include caustic responses to the ever-deepening economic collapse.
This inaugural exhibition in the Window Gallery was an initiative of senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, and was on display April 17 – 28, 2009.