September 2020

Chloë Bass: Accessibility Caption (One)

Care, Caring, and Repair in Cognitive Capitalism

Accessibility Caption (One) is a performance lecture about American patriotism and how we make history during the time of pandemic-meets-protest. Combining archival images, found text (particularly image captions), personal writing, and original photographs, Accessibility Caption touches on the following questions: Who has access to outside? Who has access to stories? Who has access to safety?

This is the first in a series of projects under the same title. Further forms within the Accessibility Caption series include video essays, multichannel slideshows, and documents intended for publication rather than for performance. Each work in the series will serve as an excerpt or translation of other works within it. Accessibility Caption owes a debt to legacies of disability visibility. The series seeks to ask questions informed by best practices around access to information in a contemporary society. This is the work’s debut.

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011–13), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015–17), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. She has held numerous fellowships and residencies, most recently from the CUNY Center for the Humanities, Lucas Artist Fellows, Art Matters, Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Knockdown Center, The Kitchen, Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, The James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, the New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her monograph was published by The Operating System in December 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, ARTS.BLACK, and Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, City University of New York, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

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