April 26 - June 1, 2013

Friday April 26, 2013
5:00-8:00 PM Opening
6:15 PM The Artist Talks: Mark Schatz
7:00 PM The Artists Talk: Ali Momeni and Robin Meier
A Collaboration between Ali Momeni and Robin Meier

Due to a delay in the issue of the US Department of Agriculture Special Permit for the Atta ants colony, this exhibition's September opening has been postponed. Sign up for our Evites at The Free Stamp to receive the final opening date.

Ali Momeni and Robin Meier, The Tragedy of the Commons (2011), installation with Atta (leaf-cutter) ants at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Image: Courtesy of Aurélie Cenno.

The Tragedy of the Commons is an installation piece created by artists Ali Momeni and Robin Meier, produced in collaboration with the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Artists Momeni and Meier, who share a background in electronic and experimental music, collaborate in this "live experiment" which visually renders mechanisms of social manipulation inspired by G. Hardin book, The Tragedy of the Commons.

The installation displays thousands of Atta ants, also known as leafcutter ants, as they react to various scents and flavors inserted into their environment. Momeni and Meier have designed a unique environment for the ants, whose collective behavior is determined by external stimuli. Adjacent microphones and cameras track the ants' movements, allowing viewers to observe their particular behaviors in a time lapse video. Hardin's 1968 text melds ecological and economic aspects to assert the great effects which living beings have on environmental factors depending on limited resources in a market system. Relating to Hardin's text, the ants are given a type of "food stock market," where varying amounts and types of leaves are provided at different times. This process gives a value to the ants' food choices which affects their behavior. These behavioral changes and patterns may be observed through the multiple media such as sound and video which are implemented in the installation.

The Atta ant colony is on generous loan from the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

This exhibition is directly supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, The George Gund Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council.

    The George Gund Foundation    

about Robin Meier
Robin Meier is a Swiss artist and composer who currently lives in France. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical compositions and installations. Described as "Artist of the future" (le Monde), "Vuvuzela of contemporary art" (Liberation), and "pathetic" (Vimeo) Meier shows his works around the globe, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, SIGGRAPH in Yokohama, Japan, and the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

April 26 - June 1, 2013

Mark Schatz: New Work

Mark Schatz, I Was Going To Make a Model of the Earth But It Won't Stop Moving, 2011, 6 pieces, expanded polystyrene foam, model train foliage, wood, plastic, found objects, dimensions vary, approx: 72 in. x 96 in. x 120 in., Image: courtesy of the artist.

Mark Schatz focuses on individual human perceptions of one's place, residence, or "home" and how that feeling is a multifaceted, living and growing experience. His project, UNIVERSE, focuses on the obsessive visions of those who attempt to condense the world into a single image. Schatz's miniature landscapes are those of urban planning visionaries and the utopian visions and world-making strategies of hobbyists, outsider artists, and pathological hoarders. He plans on working with reductive modeling, found and repurposed materials, and domestic objects and spaces to continue his work with immersive miniature environments and geological models.

about the artist

Mark Schatz is currently a foundations coordinator at Kent State University in Ohio. His recent exhibitions include Steady As She Goes and Local Terrain at the KSU Downtown Gallery in Kent, OH and New Image Sculpture at McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX.

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The Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to the advancement of the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors and the preservation of Ohio outdoor sculpture as a means to provide support for artists and to effect the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the Cleveland community and greater region.

The Sculpture Center receives generous support from The Callahan Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, studioTECHNE|architects, the Leonard Krieger Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, Sculpture Center board members, and many individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center. Additional generous public funding comes from the citizens of Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio through:

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture  

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