K9 & NOMADS + RESIDENTS
finally i'll show my new peace K9 at 21.05.at 5.30 pm in Kitchen.
Address is The Kitchen 512 W.19th Street NY 10011
please be there on time.
1. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Fund for Performance Artist, at The Kitchen,
May 21, 5:50 to 5:55 PM sharp!
Franklin Furnace-supported artist Zlatko Kopljar's K9 is a video
of performances made at various places around New York City, with
narration taken from Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalgia. The software that
enhances the video moves the pixels of each frame to new locations
within the same frame. Using the artist's genetic data and digital
media as artistic tools, K9 exemplifies the link that digital art
creates between technology and life.
Contact: Franklin Furnace or
The Kitchenp: 212.255.5793 x25
2. A forum for visitors in the arts: making connections, supporting networks,
setting up meetings
Nomads & Residents invites you to an evening of presentations by, Nina
Katchadourian, Zlatko Kopljar, Nebojsa Seric - Shoba and Heidie Giannotti.
Friday, May 23rd, 7 PM
525 West 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, New York 10001
tel 212-714-2347 / fax 212-714.2354
This session will bring together four artists from two highly different
settings, the US and the Balkans, who are separately working with their exis
ting social, ethical and natural limits of the world they take as their own.
No matter whether their practice is triggered by the extremes and by the
absurdities of this world, of war, of hermetic institutionalism, of urban
ecology, or of nature and constructed nature, their work may tell of a
certain inappropriate act of adjusting both the reality and to reality. Thus
by uncovering paradoxes of what is often expected from everyday life, these
artists raise questions about the status of the appropriate act and its
weakness in new and extreme realities. With this session we hope to further
raise issues of the expected and the unexpected role of a work of art, its
relation to the realities that are beyond the ordinary or average, and the
permanence of errors that by their repetition with duration become
experienced as a standard of life.
Zlatko Kopljar from Zagreb(Croatia), currently in-residence at Franklin
Furnace and performing at the Kitchen on May 21, and Nebojsa Seric - Shoba
from Sarajevo (Bosnia) who will be representing Bosnia and Herzegovina at the
coming Biennial in Venice both experience absurd moments in reality as
something that comes to be seen as normal. Both of them deal with something
that can best be described as radical 'biting' be it in a gallery or in an
urban space. War and uncertainty may be the context for their work, however,
not necessarily the sole character of their concepts. They are rather
questioning the appropriateness of working as an artist in an expected way
within the situation that is extreme. Different in response, their work is
often triggered by the unexpected twists of the meanings of personal acts in
such realities, and proposes sets of inversions, adjustments of how this
reality can be understood.
Kopljar's installations propose heavy fundamental questioning and
physically destructive work. His recent work K4 was made as an attack aimed
at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, a protest against the general
situation of institutions in Croatia. The work consisted of a heavy and huge
concrete block cast according to the dimensions of the museum's entry. This
block was placed in front of the museum blocking the entrance for the period
of one week. In spite of its radicality in changing the use of the museum and
the roughness and brutality of its appearance, this work is not aimed at
individual museum visitors but at the institutional structure. The goal of
this piece was to work towards opening discussion about the current state of
open processes and open societies.
For the last six years much of New York artist Nina Katchadourian's work
has oriented itself around "nature," as concept, construct, and site, as a
way of looking at our assumptions, needs, cravings, dependency and resistance
associated with this term. In summer/fall of 2002 she exhibited Natural Car
Alarms, a traveling sound sculpture that consists of three cars rigged with
modified car alarms whose typical six-tone siren had been replaced with a
similar one made only of bird calls. The idea for the project was in fact the
result of a misunderstanding - she heard a bird in the jungles of Trinidad
that she mistook for a car alarm - and the project took up the severely urban
car alarm as an element that was in fact completely natural to the Long
Island City landscape where the piece was exhibited several times in summer
and fall of 2002. Her most recent body of work, exhibited at Debs & Co.
gallery in 2003, continues asking questions about where we place the border
between the natural and the unnatural. Crossdressing becomes a vehicle by
which to explore both gender and our desire for things to stay within their
prescribed categories. In Animal Crossdressing she constructed costumes to
turn a rat into a snake and a snake into a rat where predator and prey are
transformed into their opposites. In Katchadourian's video Endurance a
10-minute film of Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the South Pole on
the ship Endurance is projected minutely onto her front tooth as she tries to
smile for as long as possible without losing composure. This work is a
response to both the fascination with adventure/survival stories and to the
more masochistic strains of the performance art tradition.
On the other hand Shoba's work is a lighthearted but existential
questioning of the icons of the communist era and recent history. His Remote
Control, for example, reduces a complex schema in reality such as war,
religion and happiness to commands on a remote control. Creative Time of New
York selected his work in the form of poster design among the applicants from
the visual, literary, architectural, and graphic arts for their project
entitled: Time to Consider: The Arts Response to 9.11. This and other
projects are taking to task the manipulation of our collective experience by
the media, and to our [lack] of resistance in adjusting to it.
Heidie Giannotti is an artist living in New York City. Instead of the
narrative description for this Nomads + Residents event on inappropriate
adjustments of reality, she offers the following: "Appropriate appropriation,
prop, assembler, chance, ready-made instructions, dislocated temporal events
& fugitive elements, thought is sought. PLUS: you know my style - I'd say
anything to make you smile."
About Nomads + Residents:
Big cities are in a continuous flux, with a coming and going of people who
settle in, stay temporarily or move through. Newcomers enter this flux,
become part of the life of the city, and make connections with others. The
city, as a space, contains possibilities through the dynamic Relationships
between people, which may provoke an active engagement. Strangers become
friends, ideas become practice, and models are being transformed into action.
The curatorial and organizing group of NOMADS & RESIDENTS consists of New
York based and temporary residents. They actively seek out information about
who is visiting New York and when, they invite guests to present his/her
ideas and solicit the involvement of spaces where these presentations can
take place. They welcome advice, ideas and the enthusiastic support of
others. The events will be partly informal and casual, and will focus on
exchanging ideas, initiating new projects and networks. They will also
include short presentations, lectures, talks, sideshows, small exhibitions,
performances, discussions. Priority will be given to proposals that could
become projects that will be shared among the participants, to a practice can
make resources and ideas available for common use.
NOMADS & RESIDENTS originated in New York, yet also bases its activities on
the coming and going of people who settle in, stay temporarily or move
through cities such as Los Angeles, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam.
To read more about n+r and browse through our archive of events please
visit our web site at http://www.nomadsresidents.org.
For program suggestions, contact us via email at:
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