Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

David Weiss

Monday, May 21st, 2012

One half of the incredible duo Fischli/Weiss, David Weiss succumbed to cancer this past month. Peter Fischli and David Weiss began collaborating in 1979, and they participated in the 1988 and 2008 Carnegie Internationals. Weiss was present at both exhibition openings, and I’ve heard very fond remembrances from many current and former CMA staff. Look for The Way Things Go (part of the CMA’s collection, and called “one of the most acclaimed art films of the late 20th century,” by the NYT‘s Roberta Smith) to be on view in our “Fountain Gallery” (outside the Scaife restrooms) in the coming month. You can read the Times‘s obituary here.

Road Trip! Buffalo, New York

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

In late March, Dan and Tina and I drove up to Buffalo for the opening of Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde in the 1970s at Albright Knox Gallery. The show was curated by former Carnegie International assistant curator Heather Pesanti, and represents the culmination of three years’ intensive research. We came into the city from the south, and passed through Buffalo’s (post)industrial waterfront on our way to our hotel. I’ve seen a few abandoned steel mills in my day, but found the scale of Buffalo’s grain elevators astounding. Wish made a similar impression later that evening: all three of us were pretty well floored by the sheer scope of the show—which includes not only visual art, performance, and film, but literature and music as well—and the extraordinary roster of artists that have called Buffalo home.

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Jamie Skye Bianco, Haakon Faste, and Justseeds at Apartment Talks

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Apartment Talk #8: Jamie Skye Bianco and Haakon Faste

On March 13, we hosted two very engaged local academics doing interesting work at the intersection of new media, the humanities, and design. Jamie Skye Bianco is an assistant professor in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric group at the University of Pittsburgh, where she specializes in digital media, digital composition and rhetoric, media theory, and contemporary narrative. Jamie talked about her work in digital/tactical media and human affect, and screened some of her video work.

Haakon Faste is a visiting assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU, where his research focuses on virtual experience and interaction design. His recent installations incorporate real-time interaction and immersive environments drawing on novel paradigms such as telepresence robotics, stereoscopic projections, and kinesthetic immersion. Haakon discussed ways in which perceptual robotic art might save the human species from extinction. Minds were blown.

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Apartment Talk # 9: Mary Tremonte and Shaun Slifer of Justseeds Artist Cooperative

On April 11, Mary Tremonte and Shaun Slifer of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative (a decentralized group of 24 artists with a distribution center in Pittsburgh) presented the group’s portfolios, prinstallations, and interventions in support of causes like Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex, the Occupy movement, labor rights, and fracktivism. I’ve included photos from their collaboration with Iraq War Veterans Against the War called Operation Exposure, in which Coop members teamed up with vets to poster Chicago and raise awareness about the traumatic effects of combat. Also included are a couple images of their recent Voices From Outside exhibition, organized in collaboration with Book ‘Em, a local books-to-prisoners program.

More about Justseeds, including protest poster downloads and prints for sale

Filmoteka Launched out of Warsaw

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Yael Bartana Walls and Towers

Wow, this is really something special. Just a few days ago, the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw launched an online collection of Polish film and video: Filmoteka. It’s all there— digitized, catalogued by artist, and accessible by the click of a button. (Thanks to Tate film curator Stuart Comer for pointing this out in his talk at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art last night.) You will remember names like Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, Wilhelm Sasnal, and Mirosław Bałka from past Carnegie Internationals. But check out the long list of films by Artur Żmijewski and Zbigniew Libera as well as Yael Bartana, Joanna Malinowska, Wojciech Bąkowski, and Anna Molska. The Lawrenceville Apartment needs to host a night of screenings, stat!

The light lock in the lobby: Recent films and moving images in Forum

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

When I arrived at the museum in May 2009, my first show was in the Forum Gallery. I brought together three moving image works that kept kicking around my head over the preceding year. The dark, granite floored gallery seemed a good place to experiment with their simultaneous presentation. All silent, the group included Joachim Koester’s frantic, beautiful, and strange 16mm film Tarantism, William E. Jones latest version of his Farm Security Administration digital photo animation hypnotism Killed, called Punctured, and Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer’s nighttime film raid on the Met, Flash in the Metropolitan. You can read more about the Jones, Koester, Nashashibi/Skaer: Reanimation here.

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