"Hybrid Culture: Mix-Art" critically addresses forms and roles of hybrids within contemporary culture and the visual arts. A "hybrid" is defined as being a fusion of two or more otherwise discrete or alien elements that, when merged, result in an entirely new form or function, as well as new meaning. Almost all of the featured artists (listed in parentheses below) are from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chapter 1: Border Crossings. Intercultural hybrids are formed at the intersections between differing social and cultural groups. (Enrique Chagoya) Chapter 2: Art in the Petri Dish. These small, artificially constructed micro-worlds parallel what we normally consider to be the "real" world, and are every bit as real as their larger counterparts. They serve as sites for miniaturized experiments whether in art or science, and ultimately provide some form of feedback to the larger world. (Ken Botto) Chapter 3: Hyphen-Space. This is a space between simultaneous and otherwise invisibly connected worlds, where hybridized ideas that reflect upon the separate worlds may be formed. (Gail Dawson) Chapter 4: Assembly Required. This possibility involves hybridization from body parts that were previously discrete and alien elements. The result is a new living body. Western culture has had a love/hate relationship with this possibility for decades. (Ken Botto) Chapter 5: Corpus Transitus. By re-defining it as a site of continual change, the human body becomes both what it is (changing) and what it can be (an extension of thought and attitude). (Orlan) Chapter 6: The Rashomon Factor. These hybrids result from a layering of multiple communities of hidden meanings that must be unraveled over time, and can't be "read" instantly or simultaneously. (Chester Arnold and Luna Topete) Chapter 7: Chron-illogical Time. This form of hybrid involves time-mergers, with images being transplanted from the past and filtered though and joined with present perceptions and realities. (Jessica Walker) Chapter 8: The New Salon des Refuses. This is a methodological approach to hybrids involving redeployment of discarded materials and objects within new circumstances where new meanings may be formed. (Brian Goggin and Mildred Howard)
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