U.Va.’s Ruffin Gallery Explores Science Fiction Through Video Art in ‘Terrestrial Transmissions’ Exhibition

Woman listening to music

Still from a video by artist Julia Oldham

The attempt to communicate with the “alien other” through technological or telepathic means is at the core of a group exhibition on “Terrestrial Transmissions,” being presented by the McIntire Department of Art in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences. It will be on display in Ruffin Hall Gallery from Jan. 25 through Feb. 22.

The work in “Terrestrial Transmissions” explores science fiction through the lens of video art, using the devices of both to critique and play with notions of gender.

The exhibiting artists include Julia Oldham of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Ashley Brett Chipman of New Orleans; Krista Caballero of College Park, Md.; Meredith Drum, also of Brooklyn; Madam X of Los Angeles; and Stephanie Hough of Cork City, Ireland. 

Curated by associate professor of new media Lydia Moyer, the exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to see video installed in a gallery space, and will convey fascinating ways in which time-based work can function as fine art.

The opening reception will be held on “Final Friday,” Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with most of the exhibiting artists in attendance.

Earlier in the day, the artists will also participate in a public panel discussion on their creative practices. Details are not yet final; for information, contact Moyer at lmoyer@virginia.edu.

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