Austerity Measures at Cell Project Space

If you are in London, check out this impressive screening on August, 8. I’m honored to be included in such a group of artists!



The Corbett Report • Jean-Luc Godard • Ilya Korobkov • Oliver Laric • Daniel Lopatin • Jesse McLean • Takeshi Murata • Jean-Gabriel Périot • James Richards • Chooc Ly Tan

One Night Screening Wednesday 8th August, 2012, 7-8pm
curated for CycLE CLUB by João Laia and Andrey Shental

This programme investigates the notion of austerity as a creative tool for visual experimentation and social analysis. Incorporating what Hito Steyerl names as “lumpen proletarian” visual imaginary and internet byproducts, the films presented in this programme criticize the pristine visuality of mainstream culture in a tongue-in-cheek manner. It can be read as a parody of the recessional aesthetics of the new conservative measures as well as a critique of the previous liberal policies that stimulated a high-paced consumerism and that ultimately led to the present state of affairs.

Now Showing: Austerity Measures presents an inventory of poor materials and marginal techniques (e.g. low-res found footage, visual and sonic noise, compression, reformatting, repetition and web camera recordings) used internationally by contemporary artists. These works are examples of new filmic languages and textures that use and reflect contemporary visual imaginary and social contexts becoming an artistic response against the commercialisation and institutionalisation of digital arts and the internet. These images that Steyerl identifies as being in the process of losing its visual substance and that uncover hidden political subtexts may then be also related to the current period of recession and likewise their ubiquity could be linked to the pervasiveness of the international austerity.

Now Showing: Austerity Measures presents films whose aesthetics are ordinarily found on the internet and have been appearing in contemporary art frameworks but are still rare in screening presentations. In that sense it also questions the experience of the public in the auditorium by presenting films whose visual forms and narrative contents are usually experienced, or rejected, in private contexts or museum/gallery installations, where the viewer can more easily control their reproduction and reception. The loss of power arising from this new conditions of spectatorship underlines the specificities of both the white cube and the black box while stimulating a scrutiny of the images that according to Steyerl could circulate in the private context without ever being thought about.

Ideally this programme would have a reduced duration of approximately 50 minutes, pointing out and subverting the short attention span of the internet user and humorously quoting recession discourses related to budget cuts.

João Laia is a writer and curator based in London. He holds a BA in Cultural Communication, and MAs in Film Studies and Film Curating. He is a contributor of Artecapital contemporary art magazine and Público newspaper, and researcher for the Gulbenkian Modern Art Centre in Lisbon. Previous collaborations include IndieLisboa, Alcine and Alpha-ville Festivals, Nosadella.due residency in Bologna, MACBA museum of contemporary art of Barcelona and Moving Image Art Fair in London.

Andrey Shental holds a BA in Art Criticism at the Moscow State University and MA in Contemporary Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He works as an assistant curator and also develops independent curatorial projects. He is a regular contributor to several publications including Artchronika, Open Space and As an artist he has exhibited films and video-installations in several exhibitions in Moscow and London, including the Moscow Biennale for Young Art in 2008, 2010 and 2012..

Cell Project Space would like to thank Rodeo, Istanbul, Seventeen Gallery, London and all exhibiting artists for assisting with this project. Image collaboration: Jesse McLean Climbing USA | 2011 | 6’18


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Red/White/Blue: New American Fringe Film and Video, this weekend in Ottawa!

Red/White/Blue: New American Fringe Film and Video, a six-part series that showcases diverse, emerging artistic talents from the United States. Taking place from July 13th to July 21st 2012, the series is comprised of four outdoor screenings held in SAW’s historic courtyard, as well as an artist talk and a masterclass . Admission to all events is free.

Red/White/Blue spotlights the work of three outstanding young American artists, Michael Robinson (West Danby, NY), Jesse McLean (Iowa City, IA) and Penny Lane (Lexington, KY), who will all be in attendance to present solo screenings of their short films and videos. A fourth screening on the closing night of the series presents more short works by a variety of other promising young American artists in the early stages of their careers. Michael Robinson and Jesse McLean will also give a combined artist talk discussing the intersection between ‘found footage’ and political and social commentary, and Penny Lane will lead a masterclass on feminist documentary practice drawn from her experiences making the documentary The Abortion Diaries.

Although the content and style of the films and videos in the series vary, including drama, animation, documentary and experimental, all of the works selected for Red/White/Blue are ‘fringe’ productions that speak from the margins of society and culture and promote a spirit of independence. Together, they represent an unconventional, fiercely independent and vital artistic and cultural practice, and the young artists featured in this series merit recognition as the trendsetters and innovators of the media of tomorrow.

Magic for Beginners at Plug Projects: Frames Per Second series

FRAMES PER SECOND: Film/Video/New Media

PLUG Projects 1613 Genessee St. KCMO 64102
Sunday, July 8th
Time: 7:00pm

PLUG Projects is pleased to announce the debut of a new series for film, video and new media called, FRAMES PER SECOND. FPS is a bi-monthly occurring program that features a mix of emerging and established artists based locally, nationally, and internationally. Works for screening have been chosen from over forty submissions to our call for entry. Each installment of FPS features selections in response to the current PLUG exhibition. For this edition the films and digital videos reflect, Dramatic Chromatic, PLUG’s exhibition which explores color as its main focal point. FPS is co-curated by PLUG and Kansas City-based filmmaker and UMKC professor, Caitlin Horsmon. The first installment of FPS will take place Sunday, July 8, at 7pm, starting with an introduction by Horsmon to the evening’s program. We hope to see you Sunday night at our screening of these stellar works!

FPS “Dramatic Chromatic” Program:

Tony Gault, Ghost of Yesterday, 2012, digital video, 5:30 min.
Ron Lambert, City Order, 2008, digital video, 3:33 min.
Christine Lucy Latimer, The Magic Iffektor, 2011, analog video, 4:00 min.
Lillian Schwartz, Bagatelles, 1977, film on video, 4:16 min.
Jessee McLean, Magic for Beginners, 2010, digital video, 20:33 min.
Simon Tarr, Interruptus, 2011, digital video, 4:00 min.
Casey Smallwood, As Yourself or as Me, 2012, digital video, 4:43 min.
Ben Pop, Shapes, Changes, Construction, Trees, 2012, 16mm, 4:51 min.
Lillian Schwartz, La Spiritata, 1976, analog video, 5:00 min.
Joshua Solondz, Burning Star, analog video, 2011, 4:05 min.

(Total Program Run Time: Approximately 60 min)