Embark on a captivating journey into artist Nancy Baker Cahill’s CENTO, a monumental augmented reality (AR) creature that gracefully hovers over the Whitney’s eigth-floor terrace, suspended in an intricate virtual habitat. In this workshop, participants will merge art, technology, and ecological awareness to co-create a one-of-a-kind AR experience that fosters a sense of community and interconnectedness. The project will underscore the shared responsibility needed to ensure the survival of diverse life forms amid our rapidly changing world.
Nancy Baker Cahill (b. 1970) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans research-based immersive experiences, video installations, and conceptual blockchain projects and focuses on systemic power, consciousness, and the human body. Her monumental AR artworks extend and subvert the lineage of Land art, often highlighting the climate crisis, civics, and a desire for more equitable futures. She is the founder and artistic director of 4th Wall, a free AR public art platform exploring site interventions, resistance, and inclusive creative expression.
Baker Cahill’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums and galleries. Her exhibitions include Slipstream: Table of Contents at Vellum, Los Angeles (2022) and the traveling mid-career retrospective Through Lines at the Georgia Museum of Art (October 28, 2023–March 21, 2024). She is an artist scholar alumnus of the Berggruen Institute; a 2021 resident at Oxy Arts’s Encoding Futures: Speculative Monuments for L.A., focused on AR monuments; and a TEDx speaker. In 2021, she was awarded the Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor and received the COLA Master Artist Fellowship. She is a 2022 LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant recipient and was the January 2023 Resident Artist at Gazelli Art House in London.
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