Self-recognition – loosely defined as the ability to look in the mirror and recognize the reflection as you – is what separates humans from most animals. A critical survival strategy and an essential element of maturity and self-development, self-recognition protects us from the foreign and assists us in integrating the domestic. It is through self-recognition that we shape our worlds.
The Bureau of Self-Recognition, a conceptual project by artist Chloë Bass, is designed to track the process of self-recognition and its myriad outcomes. Through individual exercises, spatial investigations, video and audio recording, lectures, and experiential performance, the Bureau will bring together the clinical and the personal in a unique institutional environment. The project has five phases, which will culminate in an exhibition at Momenta Art in spring 2013.
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Chloë Bass: artist and public practitioner. Upcoming solo exhibit: The Bureau of Self-Recognition, Momenta Art, 2013. Commissions: The Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival, the Bushwick Starr's Bushwhack Festival, and 3rd Ward's Moviehouse. Recent work has been seen at Exit Art, EIDIA House/Plato's Cave, ITINERANT Performance Festival, Panoply Performance Laboratory, IV Soldiers, SCOPE Art Fair, Fountain Miami, Agape Enterprise, and the New Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New City. She is a 2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Individual Artist Grant Nominee. From 2007 - 2011, Chloë served as the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick. Guest lectures: Parsons School of Design, Sotheby's Institute, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College CUNY. BA: Yale University; MFA: Brooklyn College. Teaching: Brooklyn College, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center. Chloë is a visiting artist at Akademie Schloss Solitude.