Anti-Grand online catalog with lots to explore

The Anti-Grand online catalog is up and is fantastic. More information about the exhibition, director’s foreword and curator preface, images plus each artist has either an interview or a short essay about their work on the ‘artists’ page, including another interview with me and Kenta Murakami.

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On view January 15 through March 6, 2015, in the Harnett Museum of Art, is the exhibition Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape. The exhibition features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Through abstraction and simulation, parody and pastiche, the artists explore the ways in which we relate to the land, working in video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.

New video at IFFR!

I’m happy to announce that my most recent video “I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining” will make its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam! It’s great to be in such wonderful company at this fantastic fest.  https://www.iffr.com/en/films/i-m-in-pittsburgh-and-it-s-raining/

I have also just learned that the film will screen at the Onion City Film Festival.

Thanks to everyone who helped on the project!

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Anti-Grand opening at University of Richmond and Q+A in Digital America

Happy New Year!

I’m showing Climbing as part of Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape, at the University of Richmond, which opens January 14th. On view January 15 through March 6, 2015, in the Harnett Museum of Art, is the exhibition Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape. The exhibition features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Anti-Grand includes 33 works of art, with video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work. Curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter and Kenta Murakami.

Kenta also interviewed me for Digital America, it was such a pleasure to answer his thoughtful and insightful questions, thanks Kenta!

Los Angeles Filmforum – solo screening!

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:30pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Jesse McLean: The Message is the Medium
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jesse McLean in person from Iowa City, Iowa!
Los Angeles premieres!

Filmforum is thrilled to host Iowa-based filmmaker Jesse McLean for her first solo screening in Los Angeles. McLean’s work explores the complexities of mediated human behavior and interaction as well as the confounding, often exaggerated emotions that accompany these experiences. Employing appropriated home movies, internet videos, television shows, and archival materials, McLean redefines our interchange with various forms of media. Through expert use of collage, each of McLean’s videos subtly question viewers’ associations with the information we consume daily while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are hijacked and transformed. Join us for a survey of McLean’s work wrought with emotional twists and turns, querying our relationships to each other, to ourselves, and to the mediated material world that defines us.

“[Jesse McLean’s] films ask her audience to see themselves as active participants in the media they consume and not just as passive voyeurs.” – Underground Film Journal

Her pieces resonate emotionally in surprising ways as she goes about seeking some chord that rings true to our collective experience.” – Pamela Cohn, BOMB Magazine
http://bombmagazine.org/article/1000167/jesse-mclean

Jesse McLean Interview with Kent Lambert: http://jessemclean.com/biblio/interview-with-kent-lambert/

Tickets: $10 general admission; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Tickets available in advance at: LINK FORTHCOMING
For more event information: 
www.lafilmforum.org, or 323.377.7238

MUMOK! Headed to Vienna…

I’m headed to Vienna the first week of November to present my work at mumok (the museum of modern art in Vienna)! I was invited by Christian Höller, as part of Scan Scroll Surf: Digital Film Aesthetics Today. and I’m thrilled! More info below:

Scan Scroll Surf: Digital Film Aesthetics Today

Today, moving images are primarily digital, and their aesthetics have begun to change fundamentally. A four-part program at the mumok cinema will look at the basics of this new aesthetic by showing key examples from recent years. We will investigate how impressions of reality and virtuality increasingly merge in these images, and we will ask whether non-analog “layering,” a key defining element of this type of image, leads to impoverished or enriched perception, and also whether increasing dematerialization of the pictorial content is also accompanied by a greater loss of historical and critical consciousness. The more general question here is what happens when images derive their content ever more from other images, while their referentiality fades more and more into the background. In brief: where is image production taking us, now that the internet has become its primary source and the ontological status of its products is increasingly fragile?

Guests

Oliver Laric (October 8)
Jason Dungan (October 22)
Jesse McLean (November 5)
Ed Atkins (December 10)


Curated by Christian Höller

Christian Höller lives in Vienna. He is author, curator and co-editor of the magazine springerin.