We’re super excited to announce that the three artists selected by Nitehawk from this year’s Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair to screen before the first three months of our inaugural Art Seen program are: Tommy Turner, represented by P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, Eva and Franco Mattes, represented by Postmasters Gallery, New York, and Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, represented by AV Arkki Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
Each of these videos will screen in our theater before the feature Art Seen film. Information on each video is included below!
No, I cannot show you this video. It’s bad. I’m not allowed to for various reasons and I can’t tell you what’s on the video. Piece it together from the worst real raw footage you can’t admit you watched, juxtapose it with the disgusting and sprinkle it with dread. The concept of the project was to record volunteers watching this little mixtape of horrors, in a classic “reaction video” YouTube trope. All these reaction videos are now virally spreading on the internet. The original video doesn’t exist anymore, it was destroyed and can only be experienced through people’s reactions. A rather literal interpretation of Duchamp’s idea that «it is the viewer who makes the artwork».
Super-8 transferred to DVD 12:02 minutes
P·P·O·W (New York)
Screening on May 18 and May 19 before Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Tommy Turner (b.1959), a native of New York City, began documenting the city in the late 1970’s. Turner’s art reflects his curiosities of the grotesque often featuring references to black magic, medical deformities, murder and taxidermy. Turner contributed to magazines such as Richard Kern’s “The Valium Addict,” and then went on to produce a magazine of his own entitled “Redrum.” Not only did Turner create films, he went on to star in Kern’s “Submit to me Now,” “Goodbye 42nd Street,” ”Manhattan love Suicides” and subsequently became associated with “Cinema of Transgression.” Turner is known for his collaboration with David Wojnarowicz, on the film “Where Evil Dwells,” 1985, inspired by the Northport, Long Island “Satan Teen”, Ricky Kasso. Turner has created many 16mm films, most notably “Rat Trap,” 1986 and “Simonland,” 1984. In “Simonland,” a sadistic evangelist leads a mindless pack of Americans in a fatal game of “Simon says.” Turner has exhibited his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, Anthology Film Archives, NY and The British Film Institute.
TELLERVO KALLEINEN OLIVER KOCHTA-KALLEINEN
Complaints Choir of Tokyo
HD Video 10:40 minutes
AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art (Finland) | Artists’ site
Screening in June – date/film TBD
Complaints Choir is a social art piece and a movement in which complaining turns into positive energy. People get together, collect all kinds of complaints they might have, write lyrics based on the collected complaints and then compose and perform a choir piece together with a local musician.
The productions of Tellervo Kalleinen (born in 1975 in Lohja, Finland) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen’s (born in 1971 in Dresden, Germany) combine media and social art with performance art, into pieces that move between everyday life, utopia and fantasy. One of the most central themes of their production work is the treatment and unwinding of the tension between an individual and their community. Their production method is one of participation: Their art pieces are created in cooperation with various diverse communities and collectives. They received the AVEK 2012 award, which is the biggest media art award given annually in Finland.
Thanks to the artists, galleries, and Moving Image.
Images courtesy of Moving Image Art Fair, Postmasters, PPOW, and AV-arkki.