"Seat of Learning"

"Seat of Learning"

Start date

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5:00pm

End date

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 5:00pm


UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art

5225 N Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
United States

A collaboration between Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn, "Seat of Learning" is an art installation centered around how we learn and re-learn from material objects. Over the past two years, Lackey and Lehn have interviewed close to 70 individuals in the western United States who responded to public calls asking them to bring an object that has been meaningful over time. Each person was interviewed, answering questions about their object and what they have learned from it. A selection of objects and edited audio stories and videos will be sequenced throughout the installation.

The immersive installation, built of a supportive framework stretched with translucent cloth, mirrors the phenomena of layered density or the sharp clarity of memory abiding in certain common objects. A raised entry ramp leads to a walkway that circulates around displays of grouped objects and eventually leads down to a lower central space of displays. Along the way, overlapping scrim walls build upon one another to create new shadings as they filter sound and light. The audio narratives and objects gathered from diverse, individual interviews build upon one another as participants move inwards bringing awareness to the potency of objects and what we learn from them over time.