Somewhere only we know is playing all Sept. at The Box, located in the amazing Wexner Center in Columbus, OH.
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
Somewhere only we know will screen at video_dumbo in Brooklyn. The festival runs from sept. 23-25. I’ll be screening in the program “You Can’t Stop Me”, Saturday, 9/24 at 7:00. Also included in the program is the amazing Michael Robinson and many other terrific filmmakers.
Magic for Beginners will play at the Dallas VideoFest, running from Sept. 21-25. Would love to be in attendance, so many great films and wonderful filmmakers will be! Screening in the program “You’ve Got to Look Into the Light” with Latham Zearfoss, Monica Panzarino, Jennifer Reeder and Lori Felker! Holy Smokes!
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.