Arkadi Zaides
Capture Practice

Arkadi Zaides
Capture Practice

The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center

Arkadi Zaides, Capture Practice, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy the artist.
January 28, 2016
Arkadi Zaides Capture Practice

February 5–March 19, 2016

Opening: February 4, 6-8pm

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday noon–7pm,
Friday–Saturday noon–6pm

Curator: Katherine Carl

How do individuals take on the bodily affect of the dominant structure? What are the range of choices of haptic responses, and what forms do these take, in individuals and en masse? Arkadi Zaides asks how this choreography becomes embedded subconsciously beyond judgment, and how it is replicated, sometimes even involuntarily, by individuals to make meaning in society. The James Gallery presents choreographer Arkadi Zaides’ first solo exhibition in New York, which encompasses his recent collaborations. The exhibition includes the two-channel video installation Capture Practice (2014) made with Effi Weiss and Amir Borenstein; the world-premiere of The Protest (2016) made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Dana Shalev; and the multidisciplinary artist Daniel Landau’s 360-degree video Time-Motion Study (2016).

The video installation Capture Practice results from Arkadi Zaides’ research in the archives of B’Tselem—the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights In The Occupied Territories in 2013. Zaides was granted permission to work with the Camera Project archives, which contain thousands of hours of footage documented by Palestinian volunteers. In making selections from the archive for the video installation, Zaides chose to focus solely on the Israelis captured on video, on their bodies and the way they respond to various situations in the West Bank. The choreographer was then filmed in a studio as he appropriated the gestures from the selected footage.

The Protest documents a gathering of protesters in front of the offices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Tel Aviv on October 30, 2014. They assembled to voice their objection to the Ministry’s support of Zaides’ video installation Capture Practice and performance Archive.

Time-Motion Study by Daniel Landau documents in 360-degree video his experience of moving between Palestine and Israel at Kalandia Crossing, a major border crossing for Ramallah residents working in Israel. Over 10,000 Palestinians cross the border daily.
This exhibition is curated by Katherine Carl and co-sponsored by the Social Choreography Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities and The Middle East and Middle East American Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and supported in part by Artis Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Arkadi Zaides will perform Archive, the live counterpart to Capture Practice, on February 9 and 10 at 7:30pm as part of New York Live Arts’ Live Ideas Festival: MENA/Future. For more information visit

Exhibition programming at The Graduate Center
All events are in the James Gallery unless otherwise noted

February 4, 6–8pm: Opening reception
Arkadi Zaides

February 5, 6:30pm: “Control: A Conversation”
Patricia Clough, Seb Franklin, Jasbir Puar

February 10, 6:30pm: Shift Screenings
Andrianna Campbell, Steffani Jemison, Wilson Sherwin

February 11, 5pm: Discussing Capture Practice
Whitney Rose Graham

February 17, 5pm: Discussing Capture Practice
Whitney Rose Graham

February 17, 6:30pm: Shift Screenings
Andrianna Campbell, Wilson Sherwin, Lance Wakeling
The Skylight Room (9100)

February 18, 6:30pm: “Palestine: Nothing Makes Sense Why Should I?”
Suad Amiry, Ulku Tekten

February 19, 6:30pm: “Sovereign Selves?: Choreography and Human Rights in the Archive”
Katherine Carl, Eda Cufer, Deen Sharp, Aleksandra Wagner, Arkadi Zaides
Martin E. Segal Theatre

February 24, 6:30pm: “Conversation Hope in a Time of Extinction”
Ashley Dawson, Eben Kirksey, Julie Livingston, Anne McClintock, Rob Nixon, Jovana Stokic

February 25, 6:30pm: Shift Screening
Andrianna Campbell, Iman Issa, Wilson Sherwin

March 2, 5pm: Discussing Capture Practice
Whitney Rose Graham

March 7, noon–4pm: In Solidarity Roundtable
Einat Manoff and invited participants

March 9, 6:30pm: Shift Screening
Andrianna Campbell, Wilson Sherwin, Andrea Geyer

March 10, 5pm: Discussing Capture Practice
Whitney Rose Graham

March 14, 11am–1pm: “Archive of Gestures”
Farah Saleh

March 16, 6:30pm: “A Flag of No Nation”
Tom Haviv, Ulku Tekten

March 17, 9:30am–8pm: “Shift: Space, Alterity, Art”
Claire Bishop, Tania Bruguera, Darby English, Iman Issa, David Joselit
Martin E. Segal Theatre

All events are free, and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Amie and Tony James Gallery’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the gallery creates and presents artwork to the public in a variety of formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. The gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary boundaries.

The Center for Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, encourages collaborative and creative work in the Humanities at CUNY and in the intellectual communities it serves through seminars, conferences, publications and exhibitions that inspire sustained and engaged conversation and change inside and outside the academy.


For more information, contact Jennifer Wilkinson: T 212 817 2020 / [email protected]


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