Chase Barnes grew up in the Midwestern United States and attended school in the suburbs of St. Louis post-MKULTRA and pre-9/11. He received his BFA from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016. He makes books, photographs, and videos. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, digitally and physically. He is currently pursuing his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Wilderness of Mirrors
Wilderness of Mirrors is a multi-platform survey tracking the rapid development of the American Post-Factual. This project endeavors to make visible a process of destabilization by which technology, anxiety, and image become exploitable resources in the construction of a vast illusory landscape, beneath which dominant power structures are reinforced and advanced.
The integration of various technologies into all facets of contemporary life has left us in a position where we are never alone. Our devices produce endless trails of algorithmically sortable data while complicating our relationship to the natural world, all against the ominous backdrop of domestic mass surveillance and psychographic advertising.
As the internet is quickly transforming from what was once the most democratic of commons to ground zero for the re-consolidation of power, Washington D.C becomes a commonly understood and hyper-mediated signifier of centralized authority, an ideal backdrop to describe this invisible condition that exists everywhere.
All of this comes at a time when images have become the irreducible unit of cultural production, and as a result the primary means of modulating agency. Ultimately the work aspires to identify the vertices of simulation, power, and concealment so that the viewer and I might find solid ground to stand on.
To view more of Chase’s work please visit his website.