Animation by Takeshi Murata
sound by Space Machine
30 second clip from "Melter 02", running time 4 minutes
Video artist Pipilotti Rist's large scale multimedia installation Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) opened last night at MoMA. The space is designed to immerse and overwhelm the visitor -- a sensation captured by the work's title Pour Your Body Out. Twenty-five foot high projections surround an immense circular couch -- in an interview in one of the videos below MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach likens the perspective to the experience of looking up while laying at the bottom of a pool. Rist is also interviewed, and she discusses how she staged the project.
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are a married couple of New York-based artists whose collaborative work conveys a love of film and televised narratives. Their early projects embodied database aesthetics as they chopped shows like 8 is Enough, Kung Fu, and Starsky and Hutch into short clips, often inviting viewers to rearrange them according to what we'd now call metadata. For instance, one could choose from a bank of DVDs in their Every Shot, Every Episode to watch every occurrence of the color blue, or of extreme close-ups. More recent works have entailed building elaborate miniature film sets, complete with working cameras, to shoot microfilms. In the case of High Seas, the set is a sort of kinetic sculpture in its own right, mimicking its subject as it moves around to create shots of the famed Titanic loosing its footing on the ocean. The role of filmic media in mythologizing the ill-fated boat is of course implicit in the installation. While these projects have always been infused with a sense of subjectivity, as the artists perform their fandom through their selective decisions, lately their work has incorporated more explicitly autobiographical elements. Their piece, Our Second Date, for instance, is a miniature movie set which features the artists watching the film from their second date, Weekend, reenacted through a mobile sculpture and video streamed live to a tiny screen. The choice to position themselves as spectators within their own reality, and moreover to confess that their romance budded around screen pleasure opens up a number of interpretations of their ongoing work and paves the way to their newest project, which opens November 22nd at Postmasters Gallery. In I'll Replace You, the artists again place themselves at center stage, without stepping in front of the camera. Instead, a series of different ...
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In 1998, artist-musicians Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus began to apply a blatant pop sensibility and dystopic social commentary to the techno music typical of their native Detroit under the monikers PLASMA Co. and Le Car, before settling most enduringly on ADULT. With songs like "Skinlike" and "Hand to Phone," they set the stage for the short-lived Electroclash movement earlier in this decade, and maintained a safe distance when it suddenly imploded. Most recently, the band has developed an interdisciplinary project titled Decampment which includes original video, editioned recordings and photography, as well as live performance. Last week at New York's Anthology Film Archives, the duo screened what was essentially a 40-minute music video for the latest release, a limited editioned trilogy of seven-inch vinyl singles with original artwork, on their record label Ersatz. Miller and Kuperus appeared alongside the projection, flanked by banks of synthesizers, to play their original electronic score. The video was a genre exercise in Horror, involving a squadron of Vanessa Beecroft femme-bots who engage in obtuse, seemingly Masonic rituals, only to sacrifice one of their own. As accompaniment, the band alternated shrill tones with throbbing basslines and crisp percussion. The final sequence was a frenzy of blood, fire, and black leather handbags with Kuperus chanting in her signature monotone, "We are the ones!" ADULT. perform with their film once again in Los Angeles on November 18 at the Silent Movie Theater. - Nick Hallett