Constrained Local Models

Tue, Nov 11, 12am - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12am

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Constrained Local Models aims to reconstruct power dynamics we see in the world today: power dynamics spurred, fueled, and—ultimately—subverted by technology. Within these technological power systems, we hope to discuss the instability of images and the impermanence of their contexts: that any fragment of an image (be it an identifying photograph or a personal document) con be broadcasted, re-contextualized, or distorted to support any agenda. To participate in a system such as this is to forfeit some type of control, to be less self-determining, and to be vulnerable to the collective. Any individual may change the presentation of the collective—where authoritatively or autonomously.

School of art and Engineering Students: Tyler Paige '15, Camilla Mercad '14, Alyssa Davis '15, Moises Sanabria '15, Stephan Leon '16, Lucas Pirtle '14

Opening Reception 1st Floor Colonnade, November 11th 6PM - 8PM

Exhibition Open Wednesday - Friday, 11AM-6PM 


Located at 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.