Helen Mirra, Hourly Directional
April 24 - June 6, 2014
Since 2010 Mirra has been engaged in an ongoing project in which long walks generate artworks and vice versa. These walks correspond with an overlapping cycle of exhibitions that perpetuate her ongoing project. The most recent works—made from walks in the Dolomites, in Italy—consist of terse field notes paired with notational black-and-white photographs that mark time rather than document the landscape. Mirra will present these works in the Byerly Hall gallery of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and in the halls and stairwells of the Institute’s Knafel Center and Schlesinger Library. Using multiple sites follows the precedent Mirra set with her public project Instance the Determination (2006), which consisted of individually hand-painted texts dispersed throughout the academic buildings at the University of Chicago.
Mirra’s next expedition is to the southern Sierra of Ecuador, and the resulting works will follow the same protocol. The second part of this exhibition will occur in September, when the now-doubled sets of text and image will appear together in the same locations as the first installation, indexing a nonredundant repetition.
Hourly Directional is occurring in conjunction with an exhibition that shares the same title—for which Mirra collaborated with Ernst Karel—which consists of a single quadraphonic sound work made over the course of walks in Mata Atlantica, Brazil. That exhibition was on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center February 6–April 6, 2014.