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Desert X Sunday Sessions: Nancy Baker Cahill

  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club (map)

Location: The Clubhouse, Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Desert X 2019 artist Nancy Baker Cahill will give an artist talk, outlining her practice and speaking about her pieces, Revolutions and Margin of Error, which are a part of the exhibition.


Set in two distinctive locations near the extreme poles of the Coachella Valley, the artist’s pieces use augmented reality, producing a singular experience for each viewer due to the ever-changing conditions of the desert. To the north, near the windmill farms, Revolutions alludes to the capturing of energy, which we require to remedy a man-made crisis. To the south, at the Salton Sea, Margin of Error presents the toxic outcome of human progress leading to an environmental disaster. This experience prompts viewers to ruminate on their own body within the space and setting of the landscape, dwarfed by the implied giant scale of the digital work.

NANCY BAKER CAHILL (Cambridge, Massachusetts, born 1970) is a Los Angeles based artist who uses drawing, video, original sound, and augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) to frame the body as a complicated abstraction, and site of ongoing struggle and resistance. In her work she attempts to isolate simultaneous moments of exertion, violence, defiance, velocity and stillness. She is equally interested in power dynamics and how they shift, strain and contract. On paper and in virtual space, her process is deeply physical. Her hope is that this energy is present in the experience of the work. Her goal with all of her projects is to offer unexpected perspectives to new audiences that in turn provoke conversation and affect a broader cultural dialogue.