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Friday, July 12
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Opening Reception: July 12th, 2019, 5 pm – 8 pm
Artist Talk: 6:30 pm

On view through August 10th, 2019, Tue-Sat, 12–5 pm
Free and open to the public

Systems. In our society today everything we know, learn, and use is controlled by some sort of system. The internet, school, and our jobs are determined by arbitrary systems that most of us barely understand. Ask yourself, do you know why schools teach what they teach, why you get ads for things you don’t know about on the internet, and why for some does it take ages to find a job. In this exhibition, six young media artists are exploring these failed systems to expose our attachment to their assumed order.

Through video and media installations, young media artists from Squeaky Wheel’s core community-based programs West Side Studios, Buffalo Youth Media Institute, and Tech Art for Girls delve into system failures and the way they perceive them. The works feature a range of societal issues from active shooter drills in school, to corporate morality, from the failure of language to the genocide of Darfuri people in Sudan. The works aim to lead viewers into a space of questioning the authority of the status quo and leave a trace of consciousness that allows us all to think of our part in these questionable systems.

– Zaire Goodman, Saturday Cafe member, and Buffalo Youth Media Institute student.

Join us at Squeaky Wheel on Friday, July 12th at 5 pm for the opening reception of the exhibition and a conversation with our Saturday Cafe Members at 6:30 pm. Snacks provided thanks to Wegmans!

The Saturday Cafe

This exhibition features the work of Saturday Cafe Members; Breanna Roberts, Dominique Scruggs, Jolie Criscione, Matt Dearmyer, Raymarri Hugh, and Zaire Goodman. Saturday Cafe is an advanced track experimental youth media education project that provides students with challenging and engaging professional development and learning opportunities. This collaborative educational experience is student lead and co-created with the program’s primary media mentors. Together they create, work, experiment with presentations, and develop new strategies to engage their surrounding communities with media arts that carry their voice and reflect their world.

Squeaky Wheel Educational Programming is made possible in part by the generous support of Adobe’s TakingITGlobal Equity and Access, M&T Charitable Foundation, First Niagara Foundation, Josephine Goodyear Foundation, Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, Marks Family Foundation, Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Best Buy Foundation, Erie County Cultural Funding, City of Buffalo, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts.

Banner Animation: Breanna Roberts