Danielle Roney, Genesis Trial: Johannesburg
2007/2008 Working Artist Project (WAP)
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 15, 2008

The MOCA GA 2007/2008 Working Artist Project selected by Jeffrey Grove, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art and Andrea Barnwell-Brownlee, Director, Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta.

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About Danielle Roney

Danielle Roney is an international artist focusing upon local and global migration through an integrated practice of sculpture and digital media. Danielle Roney’s artistic practice navigates virtual and physical migrations, displacing communicative and architectural infrastructures to expose the impact and potentialities of our technological society. Working with mediated sculpture, expanded cinema and immersive environments, the artist redefines the spatial relationship of encounters to transcend geographical, political and ideological barriers.

Her work has been exhibited in Beijing, Johannesburg, Venice, Sao Paulo, Zagreb, Istanbul and US venues and has permanent public art commissions across the US. Roney’s project, Global Portals, presented concepts in transnational, networked public spaces at TEDGlobal 2005 in Oxford, England; with subsequent live interactions from Johannesburg, South Africa to Atlanta 2007. The interactive façade project, Opposing Views was presented by the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) Istanbul 2011 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb as part of the Official Parallel Program of the 12th Istanbul Biennial and published in Dislocations (Volume 18, Issue 2) by curator Lanfranco Aceti for Leonardo Electronic Almanac and Goldsmiths College, London. In January 2016, Opposing Views was highlighted in the StatsPL educational program, a collaborative effort between cognitive and neuroscience experts, technologists, and top educators; made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and ArtPapers and featured in Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. She has received numerous grants and awards including MOCA-Georgia, Loridans Foundation, Sony Electronics and the National Endowment of the Arts. Roney was the designer of the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010 with the High Museum of Art. She presented a live, architectural projection upon the Wisconsin State Capitol with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in 2014 and will premiere Refugee Conversations at the Zuckerman Museum of Art 2016. She studied sculpture and digital media at the University of Georgia and currently manages a full-time studio based in Brooklyn, NY.

ABOUT Genesis Trial: Johannesburg

“Through the entangled journeys of time and space, the Genesis Trial Series looks at the evolution of the global self as it filters through the physical and virtual lands and invades the minds of each person and place.

Genesis Trial: Johannesburg emphasizes the journey to global citizenry and psychogeography in relationship to personal interactions in Johannesburg, South Africa. Considering the broader context of locational identity, the expressions of Italo Calvino’s Invisibile Cities, Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle and architect Yona Freidman’s Spatial City, frame a balance of direct and abstract interpretations of personal mobility and its postmodern social implications.

As Genesis Trial unfolds in a series of global experiences, the artist is focused on the larger, universal aspects of the multiplicity of “modern” centers and the how time, space and place reveal themselves in an infinite complexity of layers; to later dissolve in the recollection of the traveler.

To understand a place to is to understand unknowing. Not to define others history but to recognize the universal yet personal layers of societal contradiction. They coexist in a modern and urban landscape – yet are peppered with the expression of the soul embodied within the place.

To bring to it entangled encounters of previous places, but to live again as anew in the time provided.

This work encompasses the journey- the universality of the real and surreal aspects – layered in physical and virtual collisions – to allow the history of the journey, its present meaning and the future of it to be simultaneously significant within the experience. For the intellect and the intuition to be one psyche, not to own the place but to offer a recollection of time as the defining forms evolve.”

– Danielle Roney