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SARASOTA, FL: Toni Dove: Embodied Machines

SARASOTA, FL: Toni Dove: Embodied Machines


Toni Dove


The Ringling


Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 10:00am daily through May 20, 2018


Toni Dove

Toni Dove: Embodied Machines
Feb. 25-May, 20, 2018

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art debuts Toni Dove: Embodied Machines, the first survey of Dove’s pioneering work, which operates at the crossroads of live performance, interactive narrative and virtual reality. The exhibition will explore more than 20 years of the artist’s projects, from early installations through her interactive cinema and stage performances and concluding with her most recent experiments at the forefront of digital technology and robotics. Based in New York, Dove has been credited as one of the innovators of interactive cinema. Since the early 1990s, she has been interested in creating immersive experiences where the boundary between viewer and performer is blurred and the history of consumer culture and capitalism is examined. Dove's collaborative practice brings together vanguard visual artists, filmmakers, fashion designers, robotics engineers, computer programmers, musicians, actors and writers. Dove, acting as the creative architect of experience, transforms the traditional artist studio system into a 21st-century idea incubator, using the work of art to inform technology.  Support for this exhibition was provided in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Additional support was generously provided by the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Endowment, Bob and Diane Roskamp Endowment, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.

In conjunction, Toni Dove will present live performances of Spectropia (March 9) and Lucid Possessions (April 13-14, 2018).


About The Ringling

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today.

A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida – which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region and country and around the world.


♦ Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm, Thursdays until 8:00pm 
♦ Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day


Image: Spectropia, video still, Spectropia and the Duck, 2008 © Toni Dove

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