assume vivid astro focus
avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA

14.08.2016 - 01.01.2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods, a newly commissioned multi-sensory and site-specific installation by the vibrant New York/Berlin-based artist collective, assume vivid astro focus (avaf).

avaf will produce an immersive and tactile setting that comprises a range of mixed media, including printed rugs mixed with hanging fabric, theatrical backdrops, and wall coverings. A stimulating experience, audiences will be invited to interact with the space by laying on the ground, listening to or playing music, rearranging elements, and creating their own performances using the provided materials and environment. This exhibition will act as a kind of survey or quasi-retrospective of images that avaf has previously utilized in their 10+ career. It will also include documentary pictures of past installations and performances, details of wallpapers, and screenshots of seminal video works. avalanches volcanoes asteroids floods uses the avaf acronym, a play on words or “combo” often utilized by the artists, to refer to our collective anxiety around natural disasters (particularly sensitive in California and Brazil at the moment). More broadly, the title is used to upend the traditionally linear historical survey exhibition, suggesting a more dynamic or vigorous framework.