Tuesday’s Video Pick

July 14, 2009 · Print This Article

This week’s video pick is Bruce Nauman’s Walking in an Exaggerated Manner around the Perimeter of a Square (1967-68). Paul Garcia of Not Coming to a Theater Near You has a piece about it. You should also check out their blog to see some of the other films and video art they have written about.

“Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square represents a microcosm of the fundamental themes rooted in Bruce Nauman’s colorful aesthetic: circularity, repetition, minimalism, body awareness, and post-structural linguistic theory. These themes are ingrained into what is essentially a ten- minute performance of epic banality; : Nauman deliberately traipsing foot over foot along the perimeter of a makeshift masking tape square several times, alternating between forward and backward movements. It’s anti-film in a sense, the camera reductively operating only as a simple recording device, stripped of its power to manipulate the image and pared down to its base function as a dispassionate observer. All pertinent information is laid bare from the start; the title of the piece describes the entirety of the task that Nauman rigorously performs ad nauseam, simultaneously giving and taking instruction…”

Read the rest of Paul’s article here.

Friday’s Link Roundup

July 10, 2009 · Print This Article

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Cutthroat Capitalism via Wired Magazine

I don’t know about you but I am really stoked that this week is over. On this week’s round up we check out the Somali pirates business model, what it is like to suffer from first person shooter disease, and yet another art gallery is shutting it’s doors. I am heading over to the West Loop to catch some shows.  Hope I will see some of you out and about at openings. Take Care.


Tuesday’s Video Pick

July 7, 2009 · Print This Article

This is a very late video pick this week. I honestly couldn’t make up my mind what to post. I watch so many videos a day but I had hoped for the TVP to be artists talking about their work or video art. This week’s pick, I’m too sad to tell you (1971), comes from the late Bas Jan Ader.

SALAD-CHURCH-EXERCISE

July 5, 2009 · Print This Article

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Featuring work by:

Michael Bancroft, Noah Berlatsky, Dayton Castleman, CThrough Outfit, Chelsea Culp, Derek Erdman, Gina Grafos, Jacob C. Hammes, Jaime Lynn Henderson, Hideous Beast, Thaddeus Kellstadt, Paul Mack, Rachel Pollak, Yvie Raij, Oliverio Rodriguez, Christopher Santiago, Dewayne Slightweight, Edra Soto, Bert Stabler, Matthew Steinke, Susannah Kite Strang

Curated by Bert Stabler

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan, Chicago.

Open hours 1-4 pm Saturday July 11, Saturday July 18. Closing party Saturday July 18,

For more info check out Proximity’s site.

Scott Walker | 30 Century Man

July 3, 2009 · Print This Article

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If you read the blog regularly enough you might have noticed that I almost only write about documentary films. Documentaries or epically long films (I enjoy sitting still in a dark room for long periods of time.) With that being said I am also not that much of a music buff. The majority of my music consists of Motown, Beach Boys, and 60s girl groups. So, when it came to watching Scott Walker 30 Century man, which is making its Chicago premier this July 4th weekend, I was a little lost. If you have never heard of Scott Walker, born Scott Engel, you are not alone. Walker, formerly of the 60s sensation The Walker Brothers, is considered by some to be one of the “greatest composers and poets of our time.” The film, directed by Stephen Kijak, known for his documentary CINEMANIA which follows five New York City Film buffs, chronicles Scott Walkers early fame and self imposed exile from the music industry.

The film begins with the trio the Walker Bothers, none of which are related or named Walker, who for a brief moment were huge teen idols in Britain. Know for his good lucks and deep voice, Scott Walker became the face of the band and object of adulation from teenage girls. Scott retells the story of being in a car and having it tipped over by fans. He also adds that this is a time before cars had seat belts. Like many bands the Walker Brothers split and Scott beings creating experimental pop music. We hear from fans such as Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Goldfrapp, and executive producer of the film David Bowie about the influence Walker’s sound has had on their lives. The second half of the film we take a look at the very long process, 10 years, that Walker endures to create a record.

At one point in the film someone compares Walker’s music to a Francis Bacon painting. This could have not rung truer. His other-worldly baritone voice combined with his dark and densely layered arrangements feel like the perfect soundtrack to any of Bacon’s paintings. We also watch as Walker directs his percussionist how to correctly punch meat. I might not have been won over into listening to any of Walker’s music but I might try next time I am looking at Bacon’s Figure with Meat at the Art Institute.

For more information on Scott Walker and this 30 Century Man please visit the films website.

Scott Walker | 30 Century Man Playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

164 North State Street
Chicago Il 60601

Saturday, July 4, 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 5, 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 8:30 pm