Video Projections

Ellen Johnson Gallery
August 31, 2004 - February 13, 2005

The work of eleven artists--from different generations and cultural perspectives--will be highlighted in a series of video projections. The videos were conceived of and commissioned by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. This innovative publishing project was the basis for the exhibition, Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image, which opened at the New Museum in February 2004. The videos were given to the AMAM by Cristina Delgado '80 and Stephen F. Olsen '79. Through February 13

August 31-September 5; November 16-21:

Francis Alys, El Gringo (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

In El Gringo , viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs.

September 7-12; November 23-28:

David Claerbout, Le Moment (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Claerbout uses cinematic techniques to create a suspenseful journey through a dimly lit forest that reaches an unexpected conclusion.

September 14-19; November 30-December 5:

Douglas Gordon, Over My Shoulder (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

In this simple head-on shot, Gordon uses hand gesticulations against a white sheet to communicate violent and sensual emotions.

September 21-26; December 7-12:

Gary Hill, Blind Spot (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

A brief encounter in the street with a man in a southern French city that has a large North African population is slowed down, forcing the viewer into an intimate relationship with the subject and the shifting emotions in his face.

September 28-October 3; December 14-19:

Pierre Huyghe, I Jedi (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

Huyghe's conceptual film references Andy Warhol's Empire State and pays homage to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters by incorporating the Devil's Tower monument made famous in the film. Huyghe splits the screen in half, creating a mood of suspense, as we wait for a correction that never takes place.

October 5-10; January 4-9, 2005:

Joan Jonas, Waltz (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

Jonas's performance piece, an homage to 18th century French outdoor theater, incorporates mythology into its narrative alongside spontaneously occurring events.

October 12-17; January 11-16, 2005:

Isaac Julien, Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux) (2003); interview: Dan Cameron

The stunning, color-saturated images that make up this work refer to the African Diaspora and the quest to find roots in a New World.   Text written and narrated by Derek Walcott.

October 19-24; January 18-23, 2005:

William Kentridge, Automatic Writing (2003); interview: Dan Cameron

Kentridge's hauntingly beautiful series of animated black and white drawings brings viewers into the artist's unconscious.

October 26-31; January 25-30, 2005:

Paul McCarthy, WGG (Wild Gone Girls) (2003), interview: Richard Meyer

Depicting a sailing party gone wrong, McCarthy questions the effects that violence and mutilation, both real and simulated, have on the viewer in contemporary culture.

November 2-7; February 1-6, 2005:

Pipilotti Rist, I Want to See How You See (2003); interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

Rist explores the macrocosm of humanity in a video art and music collaboration.   A lyrical tale of a witch's coven is played over images of a person where each body part symbolically represents an area of the world.

November 9-14; February 8-13, 2005:

Anri Sala, Time After Time (2003); running time: interview: Hans Ulrich Obrist

Literally depicting Point of View, Sala stimulates the viewers' senses of sight and sound by forcing them to concentrate on a single puzzling image until it is revealed in a surprise ending