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EXHIBITION: Future Nature / Content Aware

October 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

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Image: Untitled from the Future Nature / Content Aware Series Archival inkjet prints on Japanese paper 17″ x 69″

Future Nature / Content Aware will feature the latest work from photographer Aspen Hochhalter in the Milliken Art Gallery. This series explores how computers, and specifically the Photoshop content-aware algorithm, interprets and reconstructs partial panoramic photographs to give us a glimpse into a digital “vision.” “These photographs were intentionally taken in such a way to emphasize and exaggerate digital artifacts. In addition, large sections of the panoramics were blank and the computer was tasked to fill in the missing information with its approximation of “nature.” The resulting images are composite landscapes of digital fragmentation, disruption, pattern glitches, and digital imperfections created by the computer in attempts to reconstruct the missing content.,” states Hochhalter. The images are “documents of hybrid seeing–a collaborative vision of nature through the photographic lens, with a human at the helm and a computer algorithm completing the picture.”

Aspen Hochhalter was born and raised in Chipita Park, Colorado. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photo Based Media at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and her BFA in Photography from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is an Associate Professor of Art and the Photography Area Coordinator in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her work explores the crossover between digital technologies, historic processes and the use of experimental materials through appropriation, self-portraiture, and collaborative projects. Recent accomplishments include work published in The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 3rd Edition, Focal Plane Magazine, and Lenscratch Blog; a McColl Center for Art + Innovation Residency, exhibits at Castell Photography Gallery, East Carolina University, Kiernan Gallery, The Light Factory, and many other venues across the country.

Future Nature / Content Aware will run from October 27-November 22, 2022. Hochhalter will present a Gallery Talk on October 27th at 6:00pm in the gallery followed by a reception from 6:30-8:00pm.

The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours are Sunday 2:00-5:00pm, Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. The Gallery is closed during school holidays.

Artist’s Website

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October 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am
November 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Event Categories:
Art, Humanities, Visiting Lecturers


Kathryn Boucher


Alumni, Board of Trustees, General Public, Parents, Prospective Students, Students


Milliken Art Gallery
580 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302 United States
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