Troy Briggs
shutter shudder ep.1
June 27, 2014 - December 1, 2014, 2014
Reception July 18, 2014
Curated by Shannon Stratton, with Jonathan Middleton and Dan Devening

Or Gallery Berlin, is pleased introduce our current residential artist Chicago based American artist Troy Briggs.

Monday July 7th, marks the beginning of a series of events as a part of Troy’s Briggs residency here in Berlin. This includes dérive’s every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the reception of Brigg’s works completed during residency on July 18th, 2014.

Open to the public, one can join Brigg’s dérives to ‘find the right light’ in his search for the final location of his piece ‘shutter shudder ep.1’, 2014.

Date: 07 July 2014
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Or Gallery Berlin, Oranienstrasse 37, 10999

Date: 09 July 2014
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Soviet War Memorial Treptow, Puschkinallee, 12435 Berlin (feet of statue)

Date: 11 July 2014
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Platz der Luftbrucke, Ubahn Station

Date: 14 July 2014
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Großer Stern, Tiergarten, 10557

Date: 16 July 2014
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Humboldthain Club, Hochstraße 46, 13357

On Friday July 18th, 2014, 7 – 10pm the reception of Brigg’s new work ‘shutter shudder ep.1’ and other pieces completed while in residency will be exhibited at Or Gallery Berlin.

Troy Briggs has replaced a light bulb in Berlin. The new bulb is listening to this website ( and whatever is entered into the text field will be immediately translated into Morse code and flickered out. The text you type will only flash once and will not be archived. The exact location of the bulb is not disclosed but will be in a space accessible to the Berlin public: a flickering light in an alley, a pulsing light in a disco, a shuddering bulb in the soda machine sign. There will be one bulb, and many of you. This project is being spread through the web around the world so your message could be preceded by one from Nigeria and followed by a message from Iceland. Special thanks goes to the generous collaborations of the talented Jon Dugan.

Troy Briggs is a Chicago based inter-media artist, he received his MFA from the Fiber & Material Studies department and now is an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The medium of the work covers a wide swath; some recent materials are wind, memory, a canary and light. The outcome is often ephemeral, not easily photographed and is better suited towards stories as documentation. The viewer’s phenomenological and psychological apprehension of the work is of the highest concern and often the subject of the work itself. He was a participant in Threewalls’ 10th Anniversary CSA Edition, has recently shown at Columbia College A+D Gallery, Shane Campbell Oak Park and Tricia Van Eck’s project space 6018NORTH.

This project has been completed as a part of Slow Frequency, a series of exhibitions initiated by Threewalls, Chicago and co-curated by Dan Devening, devening projects+editions; Jonathan Middleton, Or Gallery, Vancouver/Berlin and Shannon Stratton of Threewalls. This project was made possible by a generous grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connection Fund.

Featuring work by Kyla Mallett, Vancouver (at PLHK); Troy Briggs, Chicago (at Or Gallery, Berlin); David Hartt, Chicago (at Or Gallery, Vancouver); Franziska Holstein, Leipzig/Aaron Carpenter, Vancouver and Philip Von Zweck, Chicago (at devening projects+editions) and Ron Terada, Vancouver (at Threewalls) in a series of solo shows, with additional artists, screenings and group exhibitions as part of future programs; Slow Frequency addresses currents in artwork that engage a process of slow looking, magnification or tuning-in in order to locate the place where a thing becomes visually or sonically clearest. Whether manifest in photography, film, appropriation strategies or other forms of image or object making, the process of tuning-in to a space, an ideology, or a transmission is presented as a practice or gesture of careful observation.

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