A Temporary State of Grace

A Temporary State of Grace

Patty Chang, Melons (At a Loss), 1998. 4:00 minutes, SD Video.

Bar Laika presents
A Temporary State of Grace
Date
May 23, 2019, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
USA

You’re sitting in a bar and overweight Jesus walks in and points a glowing finger directly at you. Or perhaps its not Jesus but a fleshy baby Satan or God himself or your mother, it’s hard to tell with all the smoke and thunder. And you think about running but your expensive drink just arrived and you’re thirsty, and maybe each person in the bar is seeing their own God Baby Mom Satan, but rather than look around, you check your phone and you have a new message.

An evening of short videos precariously situated between popular culture, popular religion and popular pastimes such as eating, dancing, singing, spinning, bathing, praying, punching, cutting, crawling, fighting, flying. 

A balancing act, a floating just above, an acting out [or in], till it becomes real, or forestalled, or goes away, or at least something you can dance to.

With videos by Ja’tovia Gary, Johan Grimonprez, John Smith, Michael Smith, Patty Chang, Phoebe Osborne, Samantha Nye, Sondra Perry, Suzie Silver.

Curated by Shelly Silver, a New York-based artist and intermittent curator and organizer.

For more information, contact laika@e-flux.com.

Category
Film

Patty Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her work has a capacity to explore complex subjects nearly simultaneously, as does life.

John Smith was born in Walthamstow, London in 1952 and was an active member of the London Filmmakers Co-op. Inspired in his formative years by conceptual art and structural film, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, he has developed an extensive body of work that subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Since 1972 Smith has made over sixty film, video, and installation works that have been shown in independent cinemas, art galleries, and on television around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals.

Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed works dance on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his works seek out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization. Grimonprez questions our contemporary sublime framed by the industry of fear. By suggesting new narratives, his works emphasize a multiplicity of histories and realities. Using documentary material, found footage, historical items from archives, self-made home videos, news pictures, advertising, video clips, and excerpts from Hollywood films, Grimonprez tries to give some meaning to the havoc wreaked by history. The questioning of our consensus reality, which Grimonprez defines as “a reality that is entangled with the stories we tell ourselves in the worldview we agree on sharing” is among the themes he explores. Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, his films have garnered many awards. Grimonprez’s curatorial projects have been exhibited at museums worldwide, such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; MoMA, New York; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Blaffer Museum, Houston; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent.

Utilizing computer-generated images, animation, and avatars, Sondra Perry’s videos, performances, and installations foreground digital tools as a way to critically reflect on new technologies of representation and to remobilize their potential. By revealing the calibration, protocols, and algorithms inherent within technology, she interrogates the connection between technology and the black body, striving to form a corrective against technology’s unreflective naturalization. Perry’s exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2015; A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2015); Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA (2014), and an appearance in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1 (2015). The artist's works have been screened at venues such as Les Voutes, Paris, France; Light Industry, New York; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang, China; and LOOP Barcelona Media Arts Festival among others.

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