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Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision

November 19, 2022 – March 19, 2023

Guest Curator: 
Carol Covington

Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision focuses on the surge of aerial imaging technologies such as observation wheels, drones, and satellites. Through this research, Bull.Miletic explore what they call proxistance, a cultural technique that combines proximity and distance, close-up and overview, detail and the big picture. Most significantly, the artists recognize a particular type of proxistance manifested through smooth flyover effects in digital maps, computer games, architectural models, data visualizations, and CGI cinema as a dominant visual modality of our time.

The key objective of this research project was twofold: to trace the genealogy and understand the operation of this cultural technique as well as to explore its alternative potentialities through their art practice and the practices of generations of artists with related agendas.

Proxistant Vision features three robotic video installations: Ferriscope, Venetie 11111100110, and Zoom Blue Dot. Each artwork has its own focus, but all trace the multiple paths and genealogies of the “proxistant” (overview to detail) effect.

Bull.Miletic created Zoom Blue Dot at UC Berkeley, received their MFAs in the New Genres program at SFAI, were artists in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and have been honored to work with Anglim/Trimble Gallery since 2005. Their research was conducted at the University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Chicago, and the University of California, Berkeley in partnership with artists, engineers, scientists, and scholars from around the world.

Proxistant Vision is an innovative endeavor that raises awareness about the impact of new aerial imaging technologies and their influence and power in everyday life. Bull.Miletic considers San Francisco as their true artistic “home base” in the United States and are pleased to have Proxistant Vision make its US premiere at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco this fall.


Image: Bull.Miletic, Zoom Blue Dot (1992-2018), installation view at Trøndelag Center for Contemporary Art, Norway

Bull.Miletic is a collaborative artistic duo comprised of Synne Tollerud Bull and Dragan Miletic. Through their award-winning media installations, Bull.Miletic focuses on the transformative effects of media technologies and the way they infiltrate and take effect in the physical environment of everyday life. Bull.Miletic have shown internationally at venues including Venice Biennale, California Biennial, WRO Media Art Biennale, Wrocław, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Henie Onstad Art Center, Høvikodden, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade. They received numerous grants and awards including the Excellence Award at the 2020 Japan Media Arts Festival for their work Ferriscope.


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