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Photo by Nat Castañeda

Nat Castañeda, Aura Satz, and Erica Scourti

Machines of Loving Grace

October 9, 2018 – January 2, 2019

On the High Line at 14th St.

Daily, beginning at dusk

Machines of Loving Grace is an exhibition in video format featuring three artists who address contemporary and historical technologies and their eerie and shifting relationships with humans.

Nat Castañeda (b. 1977, Santa Barbara, California) presents Static Background Radiation (2014), one video from a series by the artist based on hybrid fictions that explore the construction of identity as related to gender, belief systems, and technology experienced in the corporate work environment.

Aura Satz (b. 1974, Barcelona, Spain) presents Between the Bullet and the Hole (2015), a film centered on the elusive and complex effects of war on women’s role in ballistic research and early computing. The film features new and archival high-speed photography, Schlieren photography (showing miniscule changes in liquid flows), electric spark imagery, bullet sound wave imagery, forensic ballistic photography, slide rulers, punch cards, computer diagrams, and a soundtrack by electronic musician Scanner.

Erica Scourti (b. Athens, Greece) presents Hot Readings (2018), a video in which the artist presents her public YouTube record, consisting of lectures, performances, and interviews. This record is intercut with her own private viewing history and automatically generated subtitles.

Organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

Image: Nat Castañeda, Static Background Radiation, 2014 (still). Courtesy of the artist. 


Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.