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Nov. 4: Carnegie Mellon Art Faculty Curates Exhibition Exploring Seductive Pleasures of Instant Information

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Carnegie Mellon Art Faculty Curates Exhibition
Exploring Seductive Pleasures of Instant Information  

PITTSBURGH—A new exhibition at The Mattress Factory, curated by author and Carnegie Mellon University School of Art faculty member Melissa Ragona, presents new works by six international artists examining the phenomenon of instant information — the immediate access to knowledge through technology. The exhibit, "PREDRIVE: After Technology," runs Nov. 14 through April 5.
    
An opening reception will take place from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 in the Mattress Factory's Annex Gallery at 1414 Monterey Street on Pittsburgh's North Side.
    
"PREDRIVE: After Technology" features works by artists Takeshi Murata, Brody Condon, Paperrad, Gretchen Skogerson and Antoine Catala that analyze the "aesthetics of immediacy" produced by technology. The art explores themes of digital effects and dysfunctions, software aesthetics and the performance of digital environments in real space. The exhibition explores how accessing information is no longer an overwhelming task, but a seductive, pleasurable experience, and how instant knowledge is delivered through the quick touch of a screen, faster than the flip of a switch.
    
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, a series of performances, video programs and educational activities will take place at The Mattress Factory and other venues throughout Pittsburgh. The series begins with a video and performance program, titled "Heavy Light," that is curated by Murata. "Heavy Light" features a number of New York City-based filmmakers and takes place at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. For more information, contact Jeffrey Inscho at jeffrey@mattress.org or 412-231-3169 x230.

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