Color Location Ultimate Experience
Curated by: Robyn Farrell & Ruth Hodgins
TRT: 61 min Starts at: 5:30pm
This program mines the vast holdings of Video Data Bank’s archive. From appropriation and video processing, to music and computer effects, the selection of work acts as points of reference for modes of media experimentation throughout the history of Video Art. More than the title for AL Steiner & Robbinshilds 2007 work, (C.L.U.E.), COLOR LOCATION ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE examines the breadth of technical exploration from early video art to contemporary interpretations. From the psychedelic, heart pounding TV fragments, to lovers quarrelling and hypnotising performances, each title gives a glimpse into life through the lens of a Video Artist from the 1970’s until today.
Featuring a subsequent discussion with the curators.
This eight-minute video is part experimental video art, part sketch comedy routine, and part informational lesson on the advantages and disadvantages of owning Sony's latest video technology. In it, David and Carol participate in a brilliantly theatrical, seemingly improvisational conversation, in which each one adopts the specific identity and perspective associated with a particular video technology: David plays the part of the Sony Camera AVC 3400, while Carol takes on the personality of the Sony Portapak AV3400. Caught in what unfolds like a lover’s quarrel, the two banter and argue, each speaking for their respective perspective as a machine.
1977, 12 min
In a tape that stands out as one of the earliest examples of the use of appropriated television footage, Freed assembles a collage of images representing American media icons, from Mickey Mouse and Richard Nixon, to The Wizard of Oz and the Rolling Stones. Placing cartoon images next to images of the war in Vietnam, Freed creates an appropriately surreal vision of American culture, and begs the question whether an anthropologist of the future would be able to decipher the truth of the age from such a confused mix of representations. Continuing a theme brought up in several of her earlier videos, Freed asks, "If history is made of memories, whose memories is it made of?"
Beneath the Skin
"Relating a tale told by a girl on a swing, Beneath the Skin explores the contrast between the impersonal horror of a news story heard on television and the involvement of the storyteller in a nightmare, which gradually becomes more familiar and commonplace as the tale unfolds. The straightforward approach of the teller is humorously or frighteningly contrasted by a bombardment of visual images which mock or intensify the macabre flavor of the work."
Kojak/Wang, Dara Birnbaum
Pop-Pop Video: Kojak/Wang takes a shootout from Kojak and extends the shot and counter-shot into a potentially endless battle. In the original TV fragment, images, gestures and actions rebound off one another like the echoes of repeated bursts of gunfire. Birnbaum compares gunfire with the beams of laser light from a computer in a Wang commercial, connecting destruction and violence with the products of advancing technology.
Lyn Blumenthal, Carole Ann Klonarides with Ed Paschke
“The syntactic structure and lateral movement of Arcade match its fairground equivalent. The work includes a series of images recycled from television and film, interspersed with location footage of Chicago El stations and punctuated with paintings created by Paschke on a computerized paint box. Flashing insights and lights, the ready-made imagery presents a sideshow of current concerns playing on the slippage between the televised and the real.” —Judith Russi Kirshner, “The Science of Fiction/The Fiction of Science, Video Data Bank,” Artforum International 23 (December 1984)
An insert square of a man running is superimposed over a magnified mouth that speaks to him—first in nurturing encouragement, then with a no-win Mommie Dearest kind of criticism. Originally presented as an installation on six monitors, Deadline focuses on “the stress man feels in the urban environment,” using a range of digital video effects to stretch, compress, flip and fracture the image. Whereas Almy's previous video projects focused on details of behavior within interpersonal relationships, this piece shifts to focus on man’s larger relationship to society.
Film & Performance Program
Beyond the Abyss
Curated by: Andrew Rosinski & Fern Silva
TRT: 114 min (with performances following) Starts at: 7pm
Featuring: Ben Balcom, Tony Balko, Peter Burr, Nicole Ginelli, Adam Kaplan + Boaz Levin, Meredith Lackey, Kent Lambert, A Bill Miller, Jodie Mack, Shana Moulton, Elizabeth Orr, Simon Payne, Jon Satrom, Mike Stoltz.
With subsequent audiovisual performances by:
_ʝ⌡△✕✕✕5̶¥̶N̶_, Jon Satrom, & James Connolly.
As digital avatars travel virtual worlds, numerous anonymous male voices communicate via headset microphones, discussing everything from the intimacy of male friendships to conspiracy theories on the reality of school shootings. Avatar faces blend into those of famous actors, and back again. The result is an examination of the queerness of a traditionally masculine world, and the mutability and isolation of artificially constructed virtual worlds. (MIX Festival NYC)
A mirrored discourse. The object we see is that which wants enumeration, but it is never said quite right. We are looking at speech from both sides of the mirror, listening to the wretch who elaborates upon the grid of desire. (BB)
Iron Condor presents the sensible evidence of derivatives trading from grain to data. The film takes its name from an option trading strategy with a profit/loss graph that resembles a large bird. A provocation of human agency in a virtual environment that renders objects into symbols of exchange. (ML)
Nicholas & Hillary
2014, 9 min, hd video, color, sound, (Midwest Premiere) | New York, NY | elizabethorr.net
Nicholas & Hillary (08:55 mins) is a short experimental narrative filmed within a 360 degree tracking shot at Artists’ Space Books & Talks in NYC. The piece portrays neoliberal superpowers Nicholas Negroponte and Hillary Clinton performed by actor Jane Levy and NYC choreographer Mariana Valencia. Through gender and race bending performances the characters elaborate on the early development of the internet, their private lives, and anti-cartesian philosophy. (EO)
Under The Atmosphere
2014, 14.5 min, 16mm, color, mono sound | Los Angeles, CA | mikestoltz.org
Filmed on the Central Florida "Space Coast", site of NASA's launch pads. Dormant spacecraft, arcane text, activated landscape, and the surface of the image work towards a future-past shot reverse shot. (MS)
2013, 2 min, hd video, color, sound | Providence, RI | tonybalko.com
Celebrating that scene from 'Freddy' where Johnny Depp's guy gets it. Sound by A.E. Paterra. (TB)
The Undiscovered Drawer
Moulton conjures up the spirit of Joseph Cornell, meeting us on the astral plane with a hallucinatory tableau of clocks, domestic plastics and luridly soothing colour. Alchemised with a pop potion of sweetness and wonder, we’re ushered to wide-eyed transcendence revelling in the whispering pines. (iffr.org)
John Praw - Ghost
A Bill Miller
Track: Ghost; Artist: John Praw; Video/Animation: A. Bill Miller; Record: Tea Life: Wabi-Sabi Remixes; Project: Silas B. Ritchie. (ABM)
Iris Out is a video that’s composed of single frames from sequences of expanding or contracting circles, reformatted for different aspect ratios. In certain passages of the video, the combination of circles and ellipses resembles an eye, returning the gaze of the spectator. In the middle of the piece there are rows that incorporate nine contrasting sequences comprising six different colours and tones in alternating combinations. Besides the physical impact of this piece, I am primarily interested in the relation between the edges of planes/shapes and the confines of the screen. What’s fascinating to me is the way in which the colour fields are reproduced by the eye and brain, affecting consciousness and perception. (SP)
After Dark is an animated ambient exploration of childhood computer game and software memories. The project takes its' inspiration and name from the company that developed the infamous flying toasters screensaver in 1992. Sound by Ando. (NG)
Last Person Shooter
Adam Kaplan + Boaz Levin
Last Person Shooter examine a range of both human and mechanical modes of vision. By way of a series of historical scenes reconstructed as 3D architectural models, the historical context of machine vision and its underlying concepts are conjured. These models are explored by an invisible protagonist, embodying the familiar, yet antiquated aesthetic of a first-person shooter. (AK)
1000 Force Quit Calculators
2014, 5 min, hd video, color, sound | Chicago, IL | jonsatrom.com
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Green | Red
2014, 10 min, hd video, color, sound | Brooklyn, NY | peterburr.org
Our eyes flicker to life and we’re thrown into a shape-shifting world where the sidewalks are endless, the radio is playing electric and the night-sky’s broken open by a cataclysm of shuddering stars. Here we channel the Zone in a flow of primordial color, space, and decay. (PB)
Performances will take place after the film screenings.
Jon Satrom : “MicroMonotaur”
“MicroMonotaur” navigates a labyrinth of microfiche and monochrome monitors–oscillating between analogue and digital methods of data storage–searching for moments of breakage, decay, and fallibility.
Jon Satrom is an artist, educator, and organizer who likes to problematize old and new media structures, interfaces, and conventions. He is a kludge artist and a creative problem creator. Satrom performs realtime audio/video noise and new-media (often w/ XTAL FSCK, I ♥ PRESETS, & Magic Missile), develops artware (in partnership w/ PoxParty), and has co-programed and experimented with organizational and curatorial systems w/ dirty new-media && glitch comrades (including GLI.TC/H && r4wb1t5!).http://jonsatrom.com
Whiskey barrels, basements and Texas ballrooms are the ideal locations to listen to our love songs crackle over old fashioned radio stations broadcast from the heartfelt heartland to true-love Taiwanese mountaintops. Folksong sing alongs wandering across these countries may make our listeners wonder: How do these voices transform us? _ʝ⌡△✕✕✕5̶¥̶N̶_ is the Noise Country duet of Jon Cates & 愛真 Janet Lin, who got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout.http://jj4xxx5yn.tumblr.com
James Connolly : “RGB.VGA.VOLT”
RGB.VGA.VOLT is an audio/video synthesizer that enables realtime exploration of the rich materiality concealed beneath the consumer interfaces of cathode ray tube computer monitors. By hacking and improperly rewiring the cables of these obsolete devices to short their video signals, their black-boxed analog infrastructure is liberated and driven by digitally synthesized high-frequency complex waveforms, audio playback, and feedback loops that fully exploit their latent visual spectrum. Inspired by early video tools such as the Sandin Image Processor and the Paik-Abe Synthesizer as well as contemporary programming and error-based approaches to sound and moving image, RGB.VGA.VOLT revives an analog aesthetic that has acquired a renewed power and potency in the present era of digital immateriality.http://jameshconnolly.com