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REVERSE is pleased to present SEASTEAD AT NIGHT, a new exhibition by artist Victor Liu.  Inspired by a real-life initiative to build ‘seasteads‘, or floating city-states in the oceans, the exhibition is a meditation on several intertwined themes: the desire for alternatives to the nation-state, utopia as a business proposal, and sociopolitical fashion as a culmination of the neoliberal project.

In the words of the artist:
“I came across this idea for building floating cities in the oceans.  Shining cities in the seas, havens for the disaffected, the libertarians, the communitarians, whatever your stripe, just not your poor, tired, huddled masses (since the helicopter fees are killer).  Imagine experiments in living, making your own government, each city in competition, in a free market of societies.  It seemed to me the perfect expression of a neoliberal utopia.  I felt the temperature rising a couple degrees, like a global warming of temperaments and ideological stances.  This became the setting for a fable.”

The installation at REVERSE has three sets of work. The first is a floating video beacon and on its skin is played a story of the future on auto-repeat. The second set displays three-dimensional architectural models, cast as allegories of neoliberalism. The last set of works incorporate flags of a new historical era.

Victor Liu is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  His art making is motivated by the question of how art relates to society, and in particular, how art can create spaces to see ourselves and to think about our times. He is a recent graduate of the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts, with previous degrees at Yale University and UC Berkeley.  His artwork has been shown internationally, and he was a recipient of a NYFA fellowship in 2005.