|Christine Webster | Opening: Friday, January 8, 6-9 pm|
Christine Webster in Residence
Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs through Saturday, January 16
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
In “Transitions,” Christine Webster explores how far teenage engagement in social media online communities might be taken to offer new realms of image construction and emotional expression across three very different but technically sophisticated cultures: the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. Investigating the influences of teenage culture through interviews, social media networks, and interactive blogs, the project aims to chart the role of desire (and desirability) in the construction of identity and its projection online. Having already completed the U.K. and China segments of her project, Webster will be conducting her U.S. research here in the San Francisco Bay Area while exhibiting the findings from all three cultures at The Lab.
Coming from a photography background, Christine Webster developed her practice to also incorporate video and sound. Interpreting and exploring ideas about gender and identity, role-play and the different personae people reveal to the camera, Webster began a study around desire, vulnerability, and power -- the work stemming from a need to question the status quo. Acting as a catalyst, she seeks subjects who are willing to be directed so that together they can portray aspects of human psychology that will elicit empathy or offer intimacy to the viewer. Recent work includes 2008's film "Blindfield," which was shown at the Athens Video Art Festival ’09 and the Split 14th International Film Festival, and which explores the role of the individual in relation to structures of power -- in this case, that of the asylum.