[NetBehaviour] Exibition: em/bedded, Santa Monica, CA, May 27-June 24 (fwd)

Michael Szpakowski szpako at yahoo.com
Sun May 14 01:52:09 CEST 2006


This sounds wonderful!
<Please come!>
if only :)
warmest wishes
michael

--- Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:

> 
> 
> Please come!
> 
> 
> Exibition: em/bedded
> 
> 
> MAY 27­-JUNE 24, 2006
> 
> A MULTI-MEDIA INSTALLATION BY
> 
> ALAN SONDHEIM
> 
> with LESLIE THORNTON
> Guest curated by TYLER STALLINGS
> 
> em/bedded brings together video projections
> of cyborgian, mutating, sexual bodies and the
> artifacts of battlefields soaked in banal horror.
> Together, they offer a distorted beauty of the
> disasters of war and the pleasures of love.
> 
> RECEPTION:
> 
> SATURDAY, MAY 27 6:00-9:00 P.M.
> WITH PERFORMANCE Saturday Night at 8:00 P.M. FREE
> 
> TRACK 16 GALLERY
> BERGAMOT STATION
> 2525 MICHIGAN AVE. BLDG. C1
> SANTA MONICA, CA 90404
> P 310 264 4678 F 310 264 4682
> reception at track16.com
> www.track16.com
> 
> TRACK 16 GALLERY & SMART ART PRESS
> 
> TRACK 16 GALLERY & SMART ART PRESS BERGAMOT STATION
> 2525 MICHIGAN AVE. BLDG. C1
> SANTA MONICA
> CALIFORNIA
> 
> For press inquiries into the project contact guest
> curator Tyler Stallings
> at 714.552.1313
> 
> www.smartartpress.com
> May 27-June 24, 2006Reception: Saturday, May 27,
> 6:00-9:00 p.m.
> Performance: Saturday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. Free
> 
> About the installation
> 
> In his first solo exhibition in California, Alan
> Sondheim, along with
> filmmaker Leslie Thornton, will transform Track 16
> Gallery's cavernous
> main gallery into the multi-media installation,
> em/bedded. Sondheim brings
> together video projections of cyborgian, mutating,
> sexual bodies and the
> artifacts of battlefields soaked in banal horror.
> Together, they offer a
> distorted beauty of the disasters of war and the
> pleasures of love.
> 
> Guest curated by Tyler Stallings.
> 
> Scattered amongst the video projections of furiously
> moving dancers, of
> sexual confrontations, of computer generated
> "avatars," there will be
> distorted graphics of bodies, spaces, and amppings;
> antennae, battlefield
> telephones, off-kilter combat tents, photographs of
> battleships, trenches,
> and bodies, souvenirs taken from Japanese soldiers,
> old microscope slides
> with pathogens, and antique book editions of du
> Maurier's Trilby,
> Confessions of a Magnetiseur, a Japanese pre-Meiji
> book of black and white
> block prints of Westerners, Volney's Ruins of
> Empire, and Albert Dreyfuss
> Five Years of My Life. Together they all suggest
> attempts at communication
> amidst fortifications created around language and
> confinement.
> 
> Integral to the installation will be a large tent
> that contains Leslie
> Thornton's recent video work, Let Me Count the Ways:
> Minus 10, Minus 9,
> Minus 8, Minus 7, Minus 6. In this work, Thornton
> explores the social
> effects of new technologies and media, but here she
> pushes even further
> into autobiographical territory to suggest the ways
> in which we are all
> implicated in these changes. Juxtaposing aerial
> footage of pre-9/11 New
> York City; scientific data on genetic mutation;
> audio testimony about the
> bombing of Hiroshima, and a home movie of her
> father, an engineer on the
> Manhattan Project, as he is dispatched to that city,
> Thornton creates a
> dense and compelling meditation on violence.
> 
> Like nomads, Sondheim and Thornton create an
> ensemble of videos and the
> physical remains of history that traverse the
> landscape of memory and
> time. The work occurs in the far future - mutations,
> extinctions, broken
> spaces of information. The work occurs in the past -
> organisms huddled as
> if protected against the fury of the world,
> primitive electrical machines
> tuned into atmosphere and universe. In em/bedded,
> the distorted bodies are
> our own of course, in the present, of course.
> em/bedded offers no solution
> - there isn't any - but presents a distorted beauty
> of its own within an
> image storm that is a continuous splay, spew,
> emission, of violence,
> sexuality, and cloned grotesques.
> 
> About the performance at 8:00 p.m.
> 
> Alan Sondheim will present em/bedded (assembled
> performance) (45 mins.
> approximately). It consists of a laptop performance
> that deals with
> political, sexual, and cyber issues. He runs
> video/audio/text segments
> from a laptop in combinatory fashion, typing a
> real-time commentary at
> screen bottom. The result is an extended body, the
> digital problematized
> by analog, purity by error, language by
> language-stumbling. He uses
> various avatars who "live" in a world that has
> collapsed into pixel-
> annihilation. He's embedded with the enemy; he's
> embedded with friendly fire.
> 
> About the artists and the curator
> 
> Alan Sondheim's work is trans-media; his emphasis is
> on writing, theory,
> and digital performance. His books include the
> anthology Being on Line:
> Net Subjectivity (Lusitania, 1996), Disorders of the
> Real (Station Hill,
> 1988), echo (alt-X digital arts, 2001), Vel
> (Blazevox 2004-5), Sophia
> (Writers Forum, 2004), Orders of the Real (Writers
> Forum, 2005), and The
> Wayward (Salt, 2004) as well as numerous other
> chapbooks, ebooks, and
> articles. His video and film have been widely
> exhibited. Sondheim
> co-moderates several pioneering email lists,
> including Cybermind,
> Cyberculture and Wryting. Since 1994, he has been
> working on an Internet
> Text, a continuous meditation on philosophy,
> psychology, language, body,
> and virtuality. In 1999, Sondheim was the 2nd
> Virtual Writer in Residence
> for the Trace online writing community
> (Nottingham-Trent University,
> England). In 2004, he was a resident of the Center
> for Literary Computing
> and the Virtual Environments Laboratory at West
> Virginia University, and
> in 2005 he was resident artist/ writer at Grand
> Central Art Center in
> Santa Ana. He produced two CDs at the latter (his
> older records have been
> reissued by ESP-Disk and Fire Museum). In 2001,
> Sondheim assembled a
> special issue of the America Book Review on
> Codework, which was seminal in
> its genre. He is currently working with the Swiss
> dancer/ choreographer
> Foofwa d'Imobilite on new work premiered in
> Switzerland and Italy in
> summer 2006; he is also preparing several new cds
> and records for release,
> as well as a series of texts dealing with the
> phenomenology of the analog
> and digital. Sondheim lives in Brooklyn, New York.
> 
> Text and image of his work can be found a the
> following URLS:
> 
> http://www.asondheim.org/ http://nikuko.blogspot.com
> 
> Leslie Thornton is an internationally acclaimed
> media artist working in
> film, video, photography and installation. Her
> conceptually rigorous and
> lush work explores the outer parameters of
> ethnographic and narrative
> form, and consistently breaks new ground. She was
> born in Knoxville,
> Tennessee. She studied with filmmakers Hollis
> Frampton, Paul Sharits, Stan
> Brakhage and Richard Leacock. Her numerous awards
> include the Maya Deren
> Lifetime Achievement Award, the first Alpert Award
> in the Arts for media
> and grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller
> Foundation, the NEA,
> NYSCA, NYFA, and The Jerome Foundation. Thornton's
> film and media works
> have been exhibited worldwide, in such venues as The
> Museum of Modern Art,
> the Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Centre George
> Pompidou, capcMusée
> Bordeaux, and at the Pacific Film Archives.
> Festivals include The
> Rotterdam International Film Festival, The New York
> Film Festival and the
> film festivals of Oberhausen, Graz, Mannheim,
> Berlin, Austin, Toronto,
> Tokyo and Seoul. Thornton is Professor of Modern
> Culture and Media at
> Brown University. She lives and works in New York
> City and Providence,
> Rhode Island.
> 
> Tyler Stallings, the guest curator for em/bedded, is
> an artist, curator, and 
> writer. He has been the chief curator at Laguna Art
> Museum since 1999. His 
> curatorial projects focus on contemporary art and
> popular culture. Past 
> exhibitions that he has organized include: The
> Juxtapoz School: An Art Movement 
> (upcoming); Whiteness, A Wayward Construction
> (2003); Surf Culture - The Art 
> History of Surfing (2002); Cyborg Manifesto, or the
> Joy of Artifice (2001); 
> Sandow Birk's "In Smog and Thunder: Historical Works
> from the Great War of 
> California" (2000); Ruben Ortiz Torres:
> Desmothernismo (1998); Kara Walker: 
> African't(1997); Robert Williams: New Work (1997);
> among others. He is also the 
> co-editor of the anthology, Uncontrollable Bodies:
> Testimonies of Identity and 
> Culture (Seattle: Bay Press, 1994). Stallings is
> also an artist who has shown 
> in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Concurrent
> with em/bedded, Stallings has 
> a solo exhibition of his new paintings at Newspace
> Gallery in Los Angeles, May 
> 9-June 17, 2006.
> 
> em/bedded has also been made possible by additional
> collaborations with
> Azure Carter, Foofwa d'Imobilite, and Thomas Zummer.
> Thanks as well to
> Sandy Baldwin, Francis van Scoy, and both the Center
> for Literary
> Computing and the Virtual Environments Laboratory at
> West Virginia
> University in Morgantown.>
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