December 10, 2015
South African artist Marcus Neustetter uses the term the vertical gaze to describe the act of looking, whether into the night sky or beneath the layers of our earth. This sensitive and intensive observation brings answers, but also raises questions, especially about the context in which the artist lives in South Africa and the disciplines with which he collaborates. An artist and cultural activist, Neustetter has focused his practice on the intersections of art, science, and technology. He has produced numerous cross-disciplinary projects in the gallery as well as the public and virtual domain.
As a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, Neustetter is investigating the collections of the National Museum of African Art and National Air and Space Museum. This lecture will present examples of his work to date and his working process while at the Smithsonian.
Free and open to the public
One Woman at the Centre of the Universe
Audience-performers interacting with rope lights
Karoo, South Africa, 2015
Photograph courtesy Marcus Neustetter