Imagine A Place to be Among Friends is a high-definition, single channel video animation created using the Processing coding language and an open-source Raspberry Pi single board computer. The artwork is created live and in real-time using algorithms that generate the symbols depicted in the final animations.
The symbols found in Imagine A Place to be Among Friends are based on the designs of previously existing leather club patches and artwork located at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, Illinois. By reducing these largely historical club insignia to their most basic forms, Imagine A Place to be Among Friends creates symbols for queer groups that, as of yet, do not exist, allowing the past to extend into a possible future through computer programming.
James Murray is a visual artist and music producer with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited and screened in both the United States and internationally and is included in both the Kinsey Institute and the Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection. He had his first solo show, Imagine a Place to be Among Friends, at Aspect/Ratio gallery in Chicago, Illinois in the Spring of 2017.