This exhibition responds to the meditative, cell-like chambers of UCCA Dune—itself a key component of Aranya’s built environment of retreat, withdrawal, and reflection—by bringing together artworks that inspire active spectatorship. How do artists remove themselves from a practice of creating aesthetic objects and begin to make works of aesthetic engagement? What various strategies do they employ, and what new potentials of meaning then become possible? Not a comprehensive taxonomy of historical movements or modes of expression, nor an exhibition organized around a specific theme per se, this show aims to create a space of retreat, immersion, and absorption through which artist and audience together might contemplate the anxieties of contemporary life. The exhibition is curated by UCCA Director of Research Patrick Rhine.