Envoy Enterprises organized by the good folks behind CTRL+W33D. Description below.
CTRL+W33D PRESENTS NEW WORK BY JACOB MEEHAN, BRAD TROEMEL, KARI ALTMANN, ANDREW LAUMANN, MICHAEL MAGNAN, PATRICK DYER, DYLAN REECE, CHRIS UDEMEZUE, SCOTT HUG, BEN SCHUMACHER, CODY CRITCHELOE, MATT LIFSON, JARROD BECK, ELIJAH BURGHER, DANIEL LEYVA, LAZARO RODRIGUEZ, BEN AQUA, DA SUL KIM, TRAVESS SMALLEY, MARK SPALDING, KRISTIN SMALLWOOD, IVAN LOZANO, KHALID AL GHARABALLI, SHAWN MAXIMO, BORNA SAMMAK, FATIMA AL QADIRI, JASON VILLEGAS, PAUL CUPO, VENUS JAZMIN SOTO, ADAM RADOKOVICH AND ANTHONY THORNTON
AT ENVOY ENTERPRISES, JULY 1-15
"Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they—and the troll—understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group." - Judith S. Donath, "Identity and Deception in the Virtual Community", 1999
"Troll as gay slang is amongst the lexicon of the cant Polari used in the gay subculture in Britain which has become more mainstream with transcontinental travel and online communication. As a Polari word, troll can mean ‘to walk effeminately’, or ‘to walk, seeking sex’. Trolling can be used almost interchangeably with cruising and like much of Polari usage was probably meant to disguise what was being talked about because being gay was and still is taboo and discussing gay sex in any public area can be risky." - Paul Baker, "Polari - The Lost Language of Gay Men", 2002
TROLL is a group exhibition instigated by CTRL+W33D to examine the act of trolling as a sexual, cultural, and ethical practice. To troll is to sift through image and text, filtering and re-contextualizing subject-significant objects; it is baiting and malicious comment made behind the anonymity of the Web, soliciting argument for the purpose of breakdown and chaos; to troll is sexual practice, to cruise for sex, to seek partners anonymous or otherwise.
In the gallery setting, CTRL+W33D seek to exhibit works that examine various aspects and functions of the act of trolling and their influence on physical work, using trolling's threefold definition not as exclusive to the internet, but as a lens with which to view three fundamental methodologies, each in turn consumptive, productive, and destructive.