BOONE — The Smith Gallery announces the opening of “The Sharing Project,” a multimedia documentary installation by Winston-Salem-based artist Joel Tauber, which grapples with questions of how and why we share in the context of family and political life.
The project features a set of 14 paired videos that present challenging episodes from the artist’s life as a parent teaching his young son about the social virtues and limits of sharing, along with a central video projection detailing a visit to the site of the historic Jewish commune of Happyville, S.C., to explore the land where a utopian social experiment briefly flourished.
Tauber underscores the complex nature of sharing by including a diverse array of expert opinions from fields ranging from history, anthropology, education, political science and philosophy. These are presented through an iPad app that allows visitors to peruse interviews according to their own interests.
The final component of the installation is a community sculpture that will evolve as visitors contribute toys, tools and other domestic items. At the close of the exhibition, all items collected will be redistributed through a community sharing event.
While The Sharing Project originated from a highly personal place for the artist, Tauber has been quick to ground the project in larger concerns.
“The question of how much we should share is interconnected with the question of what political system we should adopt,” he said. “Inequity is not just a political problem — it’s also an ethical,…
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