Second Self at Gallery 400

Second Self, a program I have curated in response to Intimacies, a group exhibit at Gallery400, will screen Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7pm. More information about Intimacies can be found here

Screened in tandem with Intimacies, currently on exhibit at Gallery400, this program of videos and films locates itself on the interstice between screen and receptive audience mind. The artists included have allowed the camera to function as a portal, and awarded the viewer access into their own lives, or at least the lives of their developed personas. Through this portal they impersonate celebrities (SCHWANSE), decide what to wear (ANGER), what not to wear (NELSON), instruct (YOUNGMAN), guide (RAFMAN), kiss (BENGLIS), rage (CROCKER) and desperately try to communicate (ACCONCI). These artists aren’t looking to be simply observed but rather push outward at the audience, demanding a reaction. More desperate than angry, the gesture becomes an invitation for the viewer to step across the thin fabric of the screen and become someone new.

Featuring: Open Book by Vito Acconci (9:10, 1974), Puce Moment by Kenneth Anger (6:30, 16mm, 1949), Female Sensibility by Lynda Benglis (13:05, Video, 1973), Leave Britney Alone! by Chris Crocker (2:12, Video, 2007), Take Off by Gunvor Nelson (10:00, 16mm, 1972), Kool-Aid Man in Second Life: Interview by Nicholas O’Brien by Jon Rafman (18:01, Video, 2009),k-a-t-e (s) by Nina Schwanse (10:41, Video, 2010), ART THOUGHTZ: The Female Gaze, with Special Guest Tamara Suber (NSFW) by Hennessy Youngman (8:14, Video, 2011). TRT 78:00

Fits and Spells at Cornell Cinema, curated by Michael Robinson

Magic for Beginners will play in  Fits and Spells, curated by Michael Robinson, a screening of wonderful work. The screening is Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7:15. More info here.

Examining and evoking altered states of consciousness to enthralling, humorous and haunting ends, these five short films explore the cinematic possibilities of the manipulated mind. A portrait of one woman’s LSD trip becomes a mesmerizing riddle of perspective and landscape in Ben Russell’s Trypps #7 (Badlands) (2010,10 mins), while a home beauty routine gives way to a desert vision quest in Shana Moulton’s Sand Saga (2008, 11 mins). In Peggy Ahwesh’sThe Ape of Nature (2010, 23 mins), an ensemble of hypnotized actors channel a cacophonous recalling of the past, inspired by Werner Herzog’s Heart of Glass. The program also includes Laida Lertxundi’s Cry When It Happens (2010, 13 mins), a mystical expedition across the urban and wild expanses of southern California, and Jesse McLean’s Magic For Beginners (2010, 20 mins), an essayistic look at the inherent hysteria, melancholy and release of obsessive fandom.