Default World Dreaming

by Scott London

I’m thrilled to have my photography exhibited in a show opening today at Gallery 151 in New York City. The show is called “Default World Dreaming” and takes inspiration from the art and culture of Burning Man. The week-long event, held each summer in the desert of northern Nevada, represents a curious and dynamic world of opposites — an ephemeral community that rises out of the desert only to disappear again a week later, and the established, accepted, and socially constructed reality of our daily lives.

To those in the Burning Man community, quotidian life is often referred to as “the default world.” It stands in stark contrast to the culture of Burning Man which is exemplified by self-reliance, non-commodification, gift giving, and radical self-expression. For those who attend Burning Man, these values can be so creative and so liberating that they feel more real than the “real” world.

The exhibition looks at the dichotomy between living in a default world and dreaming of an alternate world, one suffused with creative extravagance and limitless possibility.

The show opens today and runs through April 19, 2014. For more information, please visit Gallery 151.