David Kwan
Sound and visual artist.



Skinnable Shadows
Extended through July 7, 2018

Zhiwan Cheung
Lydia Greer
Sarah Klein & David Kwan
Christoph Steger

Location: Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA 94702
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-5:00pm; Saturday, Noon-4:30pm

Saturday, June 23, 2pm:
Artists’ Talk with Sarah Klein/David Kwan and Rachel Livedalen

Kala Gallery is proud to present Skinnable Shadows, featuring new work by 2017-2018 Kala Media Arts Fellowship artists. The exhibition includes works by Zhiwan Cheung, Lydia Greer, Sarah Klein/David Kwan, and Christoph Steger. Kala Media Arts Fellowships are awarded to a group of innovative artists working in and across video, sound, performance cinema, and installation. These artists piloted this new program, a creative residency at Kala to create multi-media projects that culminate in Kala gallery public programming.

Referring to changeable interfaces of computer software technology, the exhibition Skinnable Shadows explores how technology influences interactions with socio-politics, self-identity, and sensory systems, interwoven in contemporary society. As cultural memes quietly self-replicate, mutate, spread out and create global networks of diverse cultures especially through new technology, we become accustomed to different types of experiences, customs and appearances. These layers of culture cover our body like countless skins and cast multiple shadows behind us unifying and struggling with our existing old-selves. Artists in the exhibition examine how technology becomes a tool to create politically charged geography; how the Internet transmits intersections of truth and myth; how we experience sensations; and how we define our selves in physical and imaginary circumstances.