1. WHEN: Memphis
    Excerpt: 10:00 minutes
    SD Video
    Total running time: 19:20 minutes

    WHEN: Memphis is the first in an ongoing series of video counter-monuments incorporating elements of documentary filmmaking, performance, and choreography to explore the histories of institutionalized violence in our national landscape in the form of national historic sites and monuments. Each location in the series holds a specific cultural and historical legacy as Americans continue to confront challenges of racism, inequity, poverty, violence and threats to civil liberties.

    Each piece is a triptych of large-scale video projections documenting the pilgrimage of visitors to the specific sites. The “found choreography” captured in the footage details visitors as they enter, linger and leave the camera frame.
    WHEN: Memphis was created in Memphis, Tennessee at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. It was filmed over the course of several months preceding the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.

    This work was made with the cooperation of the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN with funding provided by the University of Memphis, Fed Ex Institute and Lantana Projects and through an ongoing Film/Video Studio Residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. It has been exhibited at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site (National Park Service), Atlanta, GA 2008 - 2009; Visual Art Center of NJ, Summit, NJ 2010; and was exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA in 2012. It will be on exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (Spring 2013) and the visual art galleries of the Painted Bride Art Center (Fall 2013).

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  2. WHEN: Philadelphia (2010) rough cut
    Video Artist: Barbara M. Bickart
    Sound: ambient only
    Running time: 3:00 mins.

    WHEN: Philadelphia is the second in an on-going series of large-scale video installation triptychs that incorporate elements of documentary filmmaking, performance, and choreography to explore the histories of institutionalized violence that live in our national landscape in the form of landmarks and monuments.

    This rough cut includes projection footage of visitors to the Liberty Bell and excerpts of a site-specific performance ritual conducted with the community collaborators from the Fairhill-Hartranft community of North Philadelphia.

    The finished work will also include visitors to the excavation and newly interpreted site of George Washington's House and slave's Quarters, when he was the first U.S. President, which sits adjacent to the Liberty Bell and video portraits of the North Philadelphia residents.

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  3. Video performance installation
    Artistic Director & Video Artist: Barbara M. Bickart
    Musical Director: Juan Cartagena
    Choreographer: Nanette Hernandez
    Three channel, large scale & body projections, stereo sound.
    Total running time of show: 75 mins.
    Excerpts: 5:00 mins.

    we call it the river ... is a video performance installation that explores the transformation of downtown Jersey City and the effects of gentrification on long-standing community members and families who live, work, and worship there. Bickart collaborated with Segunda Quimbamba, a percussion and dance ensemble that plays Puerto Rico's Bomba and Plena drum music, and 125 year old Bethesda Baptist Church and members of their gospel choir. river ... incorporates elements of documentary filmmaking, performance, choreography and the musical traditions of these groups, including experimental cross-over pieces blending the two traditions. we call it the river ... is a live performance with large scale video projections and specific projections on the bodies of the performers.

    It was funded with support from the Jersey City Museum and Artist and Communities, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, made possible by major funding from Johnson & Johnson and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. It premiered and was exhibited at the Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ in 2008.

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  4. Careful, 5, Salt (2007)
    Video Artist: Barbara M. Bickart
    Running time: 3:20 minutes, continuous loop
    Work Sample: 2:19 mins.

    Careful is a series of five video installation pieces that explore change as one of the only real constants. I am interested in sites and substances of daily ritual and memory and this work is an inquiry into the complex and contradictory place where memory, loss, ritual and obsession intersect.

    Careful, 5, Salt explores the fundamental sites and elements of daily ritual and memory: the body, the breath, water, and salt.

    I placed 500 lbs. of salt on top of a column built of sandstone blocks. Water was pumped up through the center of the structure, so as to trickle constantly over the surfaces of the piece. The piece stood 7’ 3” tall.

    This work sample is excerpted from documentation footage of the installation, as it changed over two and a half months, while on exhibit in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.

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  5. Whole Sky (2004)
    Video Design for dance performance
    Choreographer: Risa Jaroslow
    Video Artist: Barbara M. Bickart
    Composer: Steve Elson
    Multiple large scale & body projections.
    Total running time of show: 51 minutes
    Excerpts: 5:12

    Whole Sky was a collaboration with New York-based choreographer, Risa Jaroslow and premiered at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), New York in 2004. The piece investigated the sources of resiliency and strength in individuals and in communities.

    Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times said, "The dance ends with a video projection of the New York skyline onto the bodies of the performers. But the key to the piece is the opening projection of an abstract design that might have been created by Milton Avery with what looks like layers of sea and horizon across the back of the stage with the shoreline at the top." The images she said were, "dream-like and instantly familiar." (The New York Times, November 12, 2004).

    Whole Sky was commissioned by the Bessie Schõnberg/First Light commissioning program of Dance Theater Workshop, where it premiered in November of 2004. Work-in-progress of Whole Sky was part of the Open Look Festival 2004 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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