Southernmost Situations presents Redacted Love, a hybrid interactive performance and installation consisting of re-contextualized government surveillance material. Redacted Love is both a tale of teen romance and an imaginative speculation into the past set in early 1990s Miami during the tail end of America’s “War on Drugs.” Using interpretive performance, original audio, appropriated video, and slide photography, it tells the story of the son of an alleged drug dealer and his girlfriend as they attempt to navigate a turbulent existence in subtropical environments and dreamlike adolescence.

Analog and digital media collide. The entire set will be lit by several overhead, slide, and LCD projectors. Redacted Love will occupy the entirety of Emerson Dorsch Gallery with an immersive media installation.

Including contributions from Liz Ferrer, Kevin Arrow, Barron Sherer, Romulo Del Castillo, Stefanie Del Papa, Tara Long, and Misael Soto

The move toward an art that is living is a common signpost for the contemporary period, and stems from a desire for urgency – to matter. This paradigm shift toward the privileging of experience, both lived and virtual, is compounded by a hyper-awareness of how we craft ourselves in (real)-time. thisishappening presents an opportunity to consider how we record experience, beyond documentation, in a manner that can subsist within a gallery context for aesthetic and critical engagement with non-material objects.

Over a period of eight weeks, Emerson Dorsch will present a selection of events, screenings, performance, and interactions that will address a range of concerns within the discourse on art as experience. The works included facilitate exchange through encounter – connecting those who create, own, use, critique, or consume them.

In an effort to expose the numerous lines of tension, which have surfaced from the growing gap between experience and its objectification, the gallery exhibition will exist in a constant state of becoming. Works will be curated-into the space, reflecting and reacting to the projects as they unfold in time.