Sunday, November 17, 2013, 12:30 PM
Hillman Attic Studio in the Peter Jay Sharp Building
Artist Alexandre Singh and philosopher Simon Critchley discussed Greek comedy and Aristophanes—whose work was the inspiration for Singh’s staging of The Humans—and contemplated the legacy of classical Greek theater today. Theorist/philosopher Liesbeth Levy also joined Alexandre Singh and Simon Critchley.
"Mirages" est une vidéo qui est née lors d'une collaboration avec Le Révélateur (myspace.com/circeotones). Avant tout une projection live lors de ses concerts, la vidéo s'est raffinée de plus en plus à travers la pratique et la performance. La nature des images s'est transformée naturellement afin de se fondre les unes dans les autres et ainsi former ce que je crois être un tout cohérent et organique.
"Mirages" est une exploration ensoleillée de la nostalgie qui prend forme dans les images évocants un monde de science-fiction.
THE MACHINIST’S LAMENT, 2014
Running Time: 17 min, 47 seconds
Factories will bring back money.
Factories will bring back jobs.
Factories will make everything fit again.
In factories, everyone has their place.
Western industrial production is a site of magical thinking: an old history that will never return, an idealized construction that never really was. It's impossible to know what the true costs would be if it were to return - societal, environmental, and psychological – and yet, entire political campaigns are built around this.
This piece speculates on re-industrialization, and is a sequel to my 2013 video, Safety First (Bad, Don’t Touch, Mercy!). Like its prequel, it posits a non-specific future populated by female factory workers. The geometric aesthetics of power and the romance of industrial-era alienation, are paired with theoretical and fictional texts about alternate social economies.
Video footage was shot in Ohio, animation and soundtrack by the artist. Voiceover text sources include Industrial supply catalogs, OSHA safety manuals, Monique Wittig’s Les Guerilleres, and Adorno’s Minima Moralia.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CHOREOGRAPHER / MASK DANCER / TEST SUBJECT
Ann Cooper Albright
TEXT AND MUSICAL SOURCES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
Wooster Industry and Art: The Industrial Product in the Museum (catalog). Wooster Art Center, Wooster, OH, October 3-28, 1973.
Oxygen Service Company catalog, Number 87, 1982 (welding supplies).
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: Expert Forecast on Emerging Psychosocial Risks Related to Occupational Safety and Health, 2007.
Safety and Health Guide for the Meatpacking Industry, US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1988.
Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia, 1951.
Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor "Quasi Una Fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata), 1801.
Monique Wittig, Les Guérillères, 1969 – English translation by David Le Vay in 1971.
Video / Sabrina Ratté
Image / file courtesy of Samantha Katz
Music composed by Roger Tellier-Craig
AURAE was part of The First Digital Art Auction at Phillips, curated by Lindsay Howard. ( Phillips + Tumblr present Paddles ON!) paddleson.tumblr.com/
AURAE, is a video based on a photograph manipulated digitally and processed through electronic signals. The architectural forms constantly falling apart and their changing textures evoke the ephemeral nature of perception, and suggest the idea of time and its influence on this perception.