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Abendland - Street Views Series
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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Abendland - Street Views Series
Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 2011, 88 min

The title of Geyrhalter's visually stunning film refers to the land of night and his expansive camera records a panorama of the nocturnal life of contemporary Europe, where one population labors and another indulges in a paradise of leisure and where everyone's lives are mediated by technology.  Shot in over ten countries over a period of fourteen months, the film captures both the alienation and social interconnectedness and alienation of 21st century life.

"Mesmerizing." Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice

Guests:Artist Katherine Behar, artist John Menick, artist Emmy Mikelson, and artist Michael Oatman, moderated by Anthony Titus

A closing night reception will follow the screening.

Katherine Behar is a new media and performance artist and is Assistant Professor of New Media at Baruch College. Her artwork spans interactive installation, performance art, public art, photography and video art to explore contemporary digital culture. Her projects mix low and high technologies, creating hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous. Ms. Behar's research interests include embodiment and technology, cyborgian ethics, emerging and obsolete technologies, and feminist media critique. Her ongoing projects include Disorientalism with Marianne M. Kim, andRSI with Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka. Disorientalism is a multimedia performance art collaboration that studies the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. RSI is an art and technology team that advocates for and designs irrational human-computer interfaces.

Emmy Mikelson is a visual artist and currently teaches at Pace University. She received her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from the University of Iowa. She works primarily in sculpture and video as well as on curatorial projects. Her work has been exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ; DiVA Fair Miami and the Bridge Art Fair, London. She has curated for the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center; the lower east side gallery, NY Studio Gallery; as well as assisting with the exhibition and publication for the James Frazer Stirling retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art.

John Menick is an artist and writer based in New York. His work has been shown at PS1, New York (2000), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), CCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2006), and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2010). His essays and stories have been published in Frieze, Art in America, and Parachute, among other publications. He has received a video fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a video production grant from the Jerome Foundation. He is currently a visiting artist teaching video and film at the Cooper Union.

Michael Oatman calls his practice 'the poetic interpretation of documents'. His collages and installations integrate thousands of found, modified and handmade components, including artifacts of material culture, painting, drawing, video, and food.  These architectural 'unvironments' have been installed at museums, public spaces and private homes. His installations are 'context-specific', and demand from him a total immersion into physical location, sonic/haptic realms, local history and the personal stories of those he encounters while working. He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad. Oatman received his BFA from RISD, and his MFA from the University at Albany.  He has taught at Harvard, UVM, UAlbany St. Michael's College and Vermont College.  He has been a visiting critic at RISD from 1986 to the present.  Since 1999 he has been a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Renssealer.

Co-curators: Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus

Paul Dallas studied architectre at The Cooper Unio and filmmmaking at te Art Institute of Chicago. Paul was a 2008 Schindler Architectures Fellox at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles where he spend six months developeing a mobile sculpture that travelled from Hollywod Blvd to US-Mexico border. In 2011, Paul worked as the film programmer for the BMW Gggenheim Lab, an event space in downtown Manhattan that served as a place for public engagement on issues related to sustainability, community and the future of cities. Highlights included a panel discussion with key figures in the No Wave scene, a talk about the future of the American city by David Simon (THE WIRE), a special presentation by filmmaker Charlie Ahearn (WILDSTYLE) and an evenig of short films curated for the Lab by Red Bucket Films (DADDY LONGLEGS).

Anthony Titus is the founder of Anthony Titus Studio an interdisciplinary practice based in New York City. His studio has been a laboratory for the exploration of ideas related to the contemporary practices of art and architecture. Over the past decade the studio has been responsible for numerous experimental projects, including built works, site- specific installations and exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Over the past decade, Anthony Titus has taught architecture at numerous schools including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and Pratt Institute. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty of these institutions, he has served as a guest lecturer and critic at institutions throughout the United States, including Cornell University, Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, Yale University, Art Center and SCI-Arc. Titus currently holds the position of Associate Professor, within the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States

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