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University Art Gallery / Room Gallery of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts Presents:

SECRET TRAVELER NAVIGATOR
A solo project by Erika Vogt
Opening Reception Thursday, September 30, 6-9 pm | ROOM
September 30 – November 20, 2010

Room Gallery continues its Emerging Artist Series with Erika Vogt’s interdisciplinary installation, Secret Traveler Navigator, which premiered at the 2010 Whitney Biennial.  The work’s main component is a film that blurs the boundaries between what Peter Wollen designated as the narrative and structuralist historical avant-gardes.  In so doing, the work begs the question: what is a narrative?  And, by extension, what is a journey?   Structurally, the film is an episodic narrative, wherein different scenes repeat similar abstract images or specific activities, while metaphorically it is also an abstract representation of a compass that’s been broken down into parts.  After the viewer has navigated their journey through these abstract and real signs, a voiceover is heard: The narrator, a man of shimmering devices, has lost his way.  To go back or forward?  Obtuse in storyline but hypnotic in visual affect, Vogt’s Secret Traveler Navigator is a mediation on what Hollis Frampton asked at the height of 60’s experimental film: What are the irreducible axioms of that part of thought we call the art of film?  This remains a pertinent question in contemporary art, one to which we can neither simply return nor abandon.   Curated by Juli Carson.