SPECULATIVE is a curatorial project by Zach Blas and Christopher O’Leary that includes a group exhibition, performance event, panel discussion, and catalogue presented at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions from June 16 – August 28, 2011. SPECULATIVE focuses on politically and socially engaged modes of art production, with an emphasis on the experimental, subversive, and tactical potentials of media and technology in the 21st century. The artworks address notions of design, science, business, sex, gender, death, politics, environmentalism, globalization, neoliberalism, and the future, ranging from critical software, art-science fusions, social practice, experimental video, wearable architecture, performance, and more.
SPECULATIVE features the artwork and writing of Casey Alt, Zach Blas, Scott Bukatman, Jeff Cain, micha cárdenas, Jordan Crandall, Sean Dockray, *particle group*, Rita Raley, Xárene Eskandar, Alexander R. Galloway, Jack Halberstam, Michael Kontopoulos, Pedro Lasch, MAL IDEA, Elle Mehrmand, Christopher O’Leary, Claudia Salamanca, Malcolm Smith, and Pinar Yoldas. To purchase an exhibition catalogue, please visit Amazon.
In 2012, a three-part follow-up event on the theme of dark matter took place at Machine Project, Los Angeles, presenting talks, videos, and artworks by Ricardo Dominguez, Ian Alan Paul, Michelle Dizon, Brody Condon, Ryan Trecartin, Jennifer Chan, among others.