Fax – The Exhibition

Last Update: August 9th, 2021

Showing at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art from Mar 2nd to June 23, 2012 will be the exhibition “FAX”. It is a traveling exhibition curated by João Ribas, and co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.

From the exhibition’s page:

“FAX invites a multigenerational group of artists, architects, designers, scientists, filmmakers and writers to reconceive of the fax machine as a thinking and drawing tool. Participants transmit their fax-based work via the venues’ working fax lines through the duration of the exhibition’s tour. Faxes by nearly 100 participants sent to the initial showing of FAX at The Drawing Center form the core of the exhibition, with each institution inviting additional participants to submit works, which will then be archived with The Drawing Center’s collection to create an evolving document of all participants. The accumulation of information-received in real time, in the exhibition space-includes drawings and texts, and the inevitable junk faxes and errors of transmission, creating an ongoing cumulative project.”

It brings to mind a lot to think about, from methods of communications to how messages get sent and interpreted.

As well there’s an interview from KCPW with Aaron Moulton, the Senior Curator of Exhibitions.

According to the interview, they’ve also hired broadcast fax companies to send out 1,000,000 faxes to English speaking fax numbers with the Arthur Schopenhauer quote “In order to understand what is true you must also understand what is not true.” – interesting to imagine the size and scope of such a project, and would be interesting to see any fax replies they’ve received from it.

A good stop for anyone near Salt Lake City in the next few months!

The official exhibition page: http://www.utahmoca.org/past/fax/

UMOCA Senior Curator of Exhibitions Interview with KCPW: http://kcpw.org/blog/cityviews/2012-02-29/cityviews-3112-the-abbey-collectionfax/

Curator’s Page on the Exhibition: http://joaoribas.blogspot.com/2009/09/fax.html

FAX artbook from the exhibition: http://www.artbook.com/9780942324389.html

Featured in City Weekly: http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/event-113463-utah-museum-of-conte.html

Edited April 26, 2016: Updated links to new addresses