What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday than in Second Life with a Salem ghost bitch at NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in a landfill? Watch all of this in a screening of film and video on Sunday and celebrate our final event in a series in conjunction with the show WILD SEEDS!!!
Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D!, 2015, USA, Directed by Annie Berman, 20 min.
As the sun begins to set on the once-bustling online pseudo- reality Second Life, filmmaker Annie Berman sends her avatar in to investigate
the decline of this utopian world.
Ghost Bitch: Arise from the Gallows, 2015, USA, Directed by Rebecca Goyette, 38 min.
Rebecca Goyette’s alter ego Ghost Bitch, is a freelancing apparition of her direct ancestor, Rebecca Nurse, hanged as a Salem witch. Ghost Bitch performs as a history-reenacting aerialist by day and a dominatrix by night, alchemizing puritanical pain and conjuring subconscious pleasure for tourists of historic Salem, Massachusetts.
Proximity + Priority, 2015, Kevin Kelly, 13:31 min.
An attempt to sign up for New York City’s Department of Sanitation’s ‘Adopt-A-Basket’ program leads the artist to perform an ontological action on the trash basket itself. Scenes from old and repurposed landfill landscapes are intercut, while voiceovers from a frustrated community leader and poetic narrator are heard.
Voiceover: Dotti Poggi, Kiran Chandra and the Dept. of Sanitation
Second Camera: Adam Golfer
Mary-Jean Sobiesiak, Nate Carey, Mike Crane, Freya Powell and Ben Hagari
Song of The Sun, Erdos & Darrason, USA, 2014-2016, 8 min.
For their first collaboration, Andrew Erdos and Clara Darrason present Song of the Sun a video and sound installation realized the Navajo Nation. Song of the Sunconsists of a video depicting the Sun’s surface activity – the swaying lava and gasses dancing on the star, its eruption, coronal mass ejections and solar flares. The film was created through a montage of public domain footage of the NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. A sound installation plays simultaneously audio data recorded from the sun’s low-frequency vibrations. Using the prehistoric landscapes of the Navajo Nation for a series of site specific Installations, Erdos & Darrason have deeply intertwined the myths and history of that part of the world with the most recent scientific perspectives.
Annie Berman is a media artist living and working in New York City. Her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally in galleries, festivals, universities, and conferences, including the MoMA Documentary Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Her work has received support from the Puffin Foundation, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, the Center for Independent Documentary, Signal Culture, and UnionDocs. She holds an MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College.AnnieBerman.net
Clara Darrason (b. 1988, Paris, France) is a French curator currently living in New York and Founding Director of The Chimney NYC, an exhibition and performance venue in Brooklyn. She has co-curated for the creative network AhAhAh! the exhibitions “L’Echappée Belle” at the Grand Palais, Paris (2013) and “ESCAPE” at Kowal + Odermatt Projects, Miami (2013). Darrason holds a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Sciences Po (Lille, FR), and a MS in Management of Cultural Goods & Activities from ESCP Europe Business School (Paris, FR) & The Univeristy of Ca’ Foscari (Venice, IT). After three years of Art Fair organization, curating and project management in France (2011-2014), she moved to New York to complete a MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in New York (2015), and wrote her thesis on “The Representation of Women Artists from Art School to Commercial Galleries in NYC.” In June 2015 she opening The Chimney NYC.
Andrew Erdos (b. 1985, Norwalk, CT) is a New York based artist. His sculptures, videos, photography, and mixed-media installations explore themes related to time, light, and the sublime. Drawing from his mastering of glass techniques, as well as from historical, mythical, and personal sources, Erdos constructs open narratives which results in a sensory overload for the viewer. Erdos graduated with a BFA from Alfred University. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, with Invaluable (2015) and Guaranteed Impermanence (2013). The youngest recipient of the Rakow Commission of the Corning Museum of Glass, his work has been exhibited worldwide and throughout the United States. Notable group exhibitions include Piece by Piece at the Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City (2015); Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations at the New Britain Museum of American Art (2014); Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass at the Knoxville Museum of Art (2014); Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art (2012); Cyberfest at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (2009), Art Parade at Deitch Projects in New York (2008), and Insatiable Streams at Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center in Beijing (2007). Erdos’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Corning Museum of Glass; the 21c Museum in Durham, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. Andrew Erdos lives and works in New York City.
Rebecca Goyette studied undergraduate at RISD and received her MFA from SVA in New York. She has shown widely at venues in NYC and elsewhere, including solos at Airplane Gallery, NYC, (Lobsta Porn Theater), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, (4-Eva.), the NY Studio Gallery, NYC, (Delicious.) and Galerie X, Istanbul, Turkey (Union/Bulusma.). She has completed residencies at the DNA Summer Residency, Provincetown, MA, the Offshore Project sponsored by Omada Filopappou, in Karamyli, Greece, and Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY. Goyette lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.