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In this time of reentry, when we are cautiously emerging from a year in isolation and also merging back into action at breakneck speed, a new video zine by the Institute for the Humanities Gallery at the University of Michigan offers the opportunity for contemplation in its assemblage of artists, art, and ideas.

Daisy Chain is a series of short vignettes documenting the candid, illuminating perspectives of nine national and regional artists during this time of reemergence: Ruth Leonela Buentello, Abigail DeVille, Hubert Massey, Shanna Merola, Scott Northrup, David Opdyke, Shani Peters, Sheida Soleimani, and Jeffrey Augustine Songco. The series title refers to the traditional string of daisies threaded together by their stems, as well as the contemporary wiring scheme of the same name used in electronics and engineering. 

For this Daisy Chain, Institute for the Humanities Curator Amanda Krugliak interviewed artists with diverse experiences, perspectives, and practices, asking each of them the same set of questions: How do you feel you are emerging from the past year? What kind of world are you trying to build for the future? How are you thinking about responsiveness and responsibility? Are there any creative strategies you have identified moving forward?

Their answers — along with images of their work — have been “strung together” visually in one video, one artist connecting to another in sequence. 

Daisy Chain explores the ties that bind us, the past and the future, and the loose ends,” said Krugliak. “Perhaps as important, it alludes to surprising and new combinations, and a renewed capacity to find joy.”

Daisy Chain premieres June 30 at noon on the Institute for the Humanities YouTube channel.

Visit lsa.umich.edu to pre-register and learn more.

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