Shana Moulton's "The Undiscovered Antique" at Art in General


Shana Moulton performing "The Undiscovered Antique" at Art in General

The current exhibition at Art in General is “Erratic Anthropologies", which features Guy Benfield, Shana Moulton, Rancourt/Yatsuk, and Hong-An Truong, who construct narratives through video and performance that investigate a host of social subcultures (from hippie crafters to failed south Florida housing developers). In collaboration with Performa 09, a special series of performances have been organized to accompany the show. Last Wednesday, November 10, Benfield, Moulton, and Rancourt/Yatsuk performed in temporary environments in the gallery space. They will perform again tonight at 7pm. Rhizome Curatorial Fellow Jenny Jaskey writes about Shana Moulton’s "The Undiscovered Antique."

In a crowded room on Wednesday night, video and performance artist Shana Moulton presented the ninth installment of Whispering Pines, a series in which her alter ego Cynthia relishes the life-changing potential of home décor, beauty routines, and self-help mantras. Cynthia’s obsession in this episode, entitled The Undiscovered Antique, focuses on her journey to confirm the value of personally meaningful domestic artifacts á la The Antiques Roadshow. Moulton’s work is a layering of video, performance, and prop staging that is, in its more effective moments, abstract and dreamlike. In the spirit of Sara Goldfarb minus the amphetamines, Cynthia fantasizes about the transcendental payoff of her kitsch consumer fetishes, which include a head massager and footbath. Moulton achieves this sense of escapism by fully integrating her character into a two-dimensional digital landscape: projected objects move in choreographed syncopation with Cynthia’s body, sometimes appearing to control its movement or color its surface.

Moulton’s work makes us particularly attuned to the social structure surrounding its protagonist through its exaggerated and fragmented representation of Cynthia’s environment. It uses this fiction as a means for creating a kind of framed anthropological analysis ...


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Homer Vs Kidd

TIMROD (1991) - Frank Panucci

"A collection of short animations I did on the Amiga computer using Deluxe Paint III. Sounds and music from Streets of Rage 2 on Genesis." - Ian Chase

The Cheaply Animated Guy (1993) - Kenneth M. Bradford

Honker - leproducer2

Space Trek (1994) - Lee Butterley


Sprite Vampire () - Mike Ton and Brandon Thau
"High School presentation for class experiment dissolving chicken bones in various soda. Sprite was the most destructive. 90% of my energy on this animation and only 10% on the actual lab work. Still managed an A though. Sound Fx and music is from Super Castlevania 4's sound mode. Very low rent :) "

Beef - Having it Your Way (1992)
"Amiga animation 1992. It won Honorable mention, a second placing shared with a couple other pieces at The Homer Alaska Pratt Museum Spring Juried Arts Show (judged in actuality). Crude, rough AMIGA animation and sound, I submitted this at the prompting of my mom, and was quite surprised to get the award and attention."

Freak Alley - Steve Tiffany

Fakin Garstang
"Hiking in the hills of Garstang on a serene day until a mindless youth comes along and attacks this innocent hiker."

A Sea Trek - Felipe Magana

Amiga Animation
Somehow, back in high school, I was put in a special "computers in art" program which had an actual working artist and a room full of Amiga computers (which were the top of the line back then). Anyrate, these poorly recorded images are all that remains of that experience.

Amiga Computer Animation - Dean Kelsen

Trojan War 3004 -Zak Weddington and Sage Stevens

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Silly Animations Amiga Demo - The Wanderers

Center Core Never More - Johnny Doe and the Statistics


Artist Michael Smith on "Open House"


An ongoing project by artists Michael Smith and Joshua White, Open House was commissioned by the New Museum, and presented in its lower level public gallery in 1999 when the institution still resided on Broadway. In this version, Open House was a large-scale installation of a Soho artist’s loft belonging to the fictional artist “Mike Smith,” who is created and played by the artist Michael Smith and who, viewers learned through a video-taped sales pitch playing in the entrance to the installation, has lived in the loft for over twenty years, and is now looking to sell it. According to the pitch, the new owner will inherit the loft and, in a gesture that lies somewhere in between personal erasure and a Buddhist-like surrendering of material possessions, the past twenty years of Mike Smith’s art, all made while he lived in Soho. This dual sale—of art and life—turns the Open House installation into both a marketing pitch and a memoir. It presents the artist’s two-decade trajectory in Soho: video-taped documentation of the rigorous building of the loft, which in itself resembles a durational performance art piece of the 1970s, his multi-faceted, multi-media art, his activism, and his personal evolution, all with a price-tag. Presented at a critical juncture in the fictional artist’s life, Mike’s story with Soho ends where Open House begins, with the desire to leave the neighborhood, or what it has become, for some place more affordable and less pretentious.

This interview with Michael Smith took place in anticipation of the launch of an online version of Open House—a project that was realized thanks to my colleague John Michael Boling, who worked with Smith to transfer the work from DVD to the web.


"Open House" by Michael Smith and Joshua White Now in Rhizome's ArtBase


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The DVD produced by Michael Smith and Joshua White in 1998-1999 in conjunction with the site-specific installation piece Open House is now available online, click here to view.

Rhizome's Associate Editor and Special Projects Manager John Michael Boling worked with Smith to clone the DVD to an online format and to preserve it through Rhizome's online archive, the ArtBase.



Dervish (2004-2005) - Jennifer Steinkamp




Dimensions: size variable, horizontal: 8 - 12 feet high x 10.6 - 16 feet wide Equipment: Equipment: 5000+ lumen projectors, 1 PC computer. (Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy Lehmann Maupin)

Dervish consists of four high definition projections of individual trees with twirling branches. This was inspired by a ritual practiced by the priests, or dervishes, of the Mevlavi sect of Islam. In the midst of a trance, the dervishes whirl in a motion symbolizing the soul's release from earthly ties and communication with the divine. The movement of the branches contains elements of both control and lawlessness -- while the whirling motion of the trees is fanciful and seemingly enchanted, the movement is limited by the roots of the trees.



Hypercube (2006) - Krysten Cunningham


An appropriated educational film found at the UCLA physics lab where the artist has worked for several years, "Hypercube" aims to illustrate the idea of 4-dimensional space. Re-narrated by Cunningham, the video emphasizes her interest in the way scientific ideas can be articulated and offers a context for the artist's interest in experimenting with complex geometric forms.



Turned On (2009) - Ecstatic Sunshine


Ecstatic Sunshine // Turned On from Mark Brown on Vimeo.


1-Bit Interview with Tristan Perich



In the spirit of Raphaël Rozendaal's One Question Interviews, I conducted a "1-bit" interview with Rhizome-commissioned artist Tristan Perich. (I felt the idea was apropos given the artist's interest in the possibilities and constraints of basic forms.) Perich performed earlier this week at bitforms gallery in a benefit for his new album 1-Bit Symphony, which is a 45 minute long, five movement composition for a single microchip. 1-Bit Symphony is currently on display through November 7th at bitforms in New York City, along with Perich's Machine Drawings and his 1-Bit Video. Perich will also kick off a two month, cross-country tour with Lesley Flanigan beginning tomorrow, at the Stone in the East Village. He will be performing his composition for harpsichord and 4-channel 1-bit electronics titled "Dual Synthesis". (Full dates and details here.) I visited his bitforms show today (see photos below) where I had the opportunity to listen to 1-Bit Symphony, and it's truly extraordinary. I encourage readers to stop by. - Ceci Moss

What is your favorite unit of measurement and why?

The first unit of measurement to blow my mind was the parsec, which I came across in middle school in that amazing book, Powers of Ten. It described immensely vast distances, larger than a light year, which was really large. It quantified the universe. It was the first time I realized measurements could actually be cool, really cool. The book also went down to angstroms and fermis and pico fermis, accompanied by colorful illustrations of molecules and atoms. They're the only way we can relate to these huge and small places beyond our perception, essentially meaning, "bigger than you can possibly imagine" or "smaller than you can possibly imagine." A great book called Where Mathematics Comes From goes into how we can ...


28 Years in the Implicate Order (2005) - Pascual Sisto



Prop (2009) - Siebren Versteeg


50" Plasma Screen, Stick, Single Channel DVD