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New in the Pharmakon Library: Lucas Michael, Bertien van Manen, Angela Watters

Sun Feb 20, 2011 22:55 - Sun Mar 20, 2011

Lucas Michael: Rough Magic: 10 Years in LA (exhibition review, Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles) 2001-11
Bertien van Manen: Tirana: Mother and Bride, from the project Photographs of Photographs in Europe  2007
Angela Watters: My Great Recession #barbies  2011
Autobiography is ‘a discourse of self-restoration - by which one’s made  as intelligible and memorable as a face.” Paul de Man


New in the Pharmakon Library: Art Placebo

Mon Oct 18, 2010 00:00 - Mon Oct 18, 2010


New on the Pharmakon LIbrary: Interlude (Art Placebo) by Mystery Author

We kindly ask you to contribute to the discovery of a suitable placebo.


Hurricane Season

Wed Sep 15, 2010 00:00 - Wed Sep 15, 2010

United States of America

On September 15, 2010 at 8 p.m. at ISSUE Project Room guest curators Meredith Drum and Rachel Stevens will present “Hurricane Season,” a one-night screening of experimental documentary shorts reflecting the recent history of the Gulf Coast of the U.S. — catastrophic storms, an oil spill, a pattern of government un-response and other evidence of a complex system out of balance. ISSUE Project Room is located on the 3rd floor of (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd Street at 3rd Avenue in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Subway F and G Line to Carroll St-Smith St. stop. Telephone: 718-330-0313. Website: Admission is FREE.

Produced primarily in the Gulf region, the work included in “Hurricane Season” responds to complex issues with experimental strategies in an attempt to represent the landscape, people, the system, industry and their interrelationships. Representing a range of styles that are more lyrical and differently mediated than images seen in popular culture immediately following each disaster, the line-up features work produced since 2005, including some very recent work that is still in progress. Liza Johnson’s South of Ten considers how Mississippian survivors of Katrina are framed, with gesture and performance as alternatives to conventional interview-based forms of bearing witness. Pawel Wojtasik’s immersive video Below Sea Level (courtesy Priska C. Juschka Fine Art), partly shot with a 360° panoramic camera in and around New Orleans, articulates a sense of impermanence inherent in the location, underscored by Steven Vitiello’s soundscape. A collaborative film/video by Courtney Egan and Helen Hill takes a more personal and fleeting look at one block, blending flood-damaged film found after Katrina with video shot of the same site. Work currently in progress examining the BP oil spill will include pieces by Ghen Dennis and Christina McPhee.

Framing the contemporary work will be excerpts from Robert Flaherty’s Louisiana Story from 1948 (courtesy Flaherty Film Seminar) and Tony Oursler’s Son of Oil from 1982. Louisiana Story, a lushly shot docudrama in black and white commissioned by Standard Oil, features an idyllic Bayou setting and an innocent boy’s adventures there as changes come to the region through the construction of an oil rig. The landscape and lifestyle of the Cajun people appear undisturbed by the drilling process, and even improved by the arrival of the oil industry. Tony Oursler’s colorful diatribe against the oil industry and our culture’s oil addiction is playfully enacted by performers and paper sets.

Although the program is regionally focused, the intricately intertwined economic, environmental, social, public and private issues suggested by the films and videos speak to a larger context as we collectively grapple with a gross consumption of fossil fuels, global warming, environmental erosion, newly diminished ways of life and unstable economies—and how to represent these things.


Christophe Bruno: Global Artists in the Pharmakon LIbrary

Fri Jun 04, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jun 04, 2010

New additions to the PHARMAKON LIBRARY:

Christophe Bruno : Global Artists
Imagine that the history of the world was turned upside-down and that the historical characters who left their mark in our schoolbooks, were reincarnated as... artists. What works of art would they produce?

It's of course impossible to forget the blood some of them spilled, or to put aside the eventual good they did to mankind. It's also hard to believe that some of the concepts described here could be "hijacked" in such perverted ways by these people, if they were artists.

So don't take all this too seriously. It's just a nightmare drawn from my sick imagination.

--Christophe Bruno

Christophe Bruno lives and works in Paris. He began his artistic activity in September 2001. His polymorphic work (installations, performances, conceptual pieces) is a critical take on network phenomena and globalisation in the field of language and images. He divides his time between his artistic activity, curating,†teaching, lectures and publications.

"Global Artists" was first conceived in 2003 as an online work. The project was reactivated and reworked in March 2010 in a non virtual context, on the occasion of the exhibition "Le paradoxe du petit monde" curated by Judith Lavagna and Cyril Verde, at Galerie Ars Longa in Paris. 3D realization for the Marx&Lenin piece: FrÈdÈric Lepeltier.

Pharmakon LIbrary is a speculative graphics project by Christina McPhee
in association with Silverman Gallery San Francisco
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