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Taryn Simon’s Assembled Audience (2018) draws on the notion of engineered applause, gathering individuals with varying political, corporate, and ideological allegiances into a single crowd.
Working with a team from Columbus—nicknamed “Test City U.S.A.”—Simon recorded the applause of a single attendee at local concerts, sporting events, and political rallies at three of the largest venues in the capital city of the bellwether state of Ohio. Simon’s experiential installation wholly immerses the visitor in a darkened space punctuated only by the sound of randomized individual applause tracks; the same crowd never gathers twice. Presented for the first time in the city of its creation, Assembled Audience proves prescient in the isolation that it forecasted as these same gathering spaces, once crowd-filled, are now quieted by COVID-19, each space since repurposed for eviction trials, police trainings, and a field hospital.
Assembled Audience, 2018
© Taryn Simon, image courtesy of the artist
Presented amid the most contested presidential election in American history and massive social upheaval surrounding the entwined public health issues of systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wexner Center’s fall exhibitions highlight work from a diverse group of artists examining the tenets of American democracy, representative structures, and modes of political discourse. Discover more about the other exhibitions on view and related programs below.
• Review: "Voting is timely topic of powerful Wexner Center for the Arts exhibition," Columbus Dispatch
Taryn Simon's Assembled Audience, installation view at Wexner Center for the Arts
Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Curatorial Associate Kristin Helmick-Brunet, Associate Curator Daniel Marcus, and Chief Operating Officer Megan Cavanaugh. This work was produced with support from and first exhibited at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, where it was curated by Alexandra Foradas.
MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
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Cardinal Health Foundation
Taryn Simon: Assembled Audience