TateShots: Barbara Hammer (2012)

TateShots: Barbara Hammer (2012)

Barbara Hammer
Changing the Shape of Film 2012 (first performed 1979)
at Tate Modern, London.

About Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer is a pivotal figure in American experimental film. An acclaimed pioneer of queer cinema, her prolific output includes the earliest avant-garde films that openly address lesbian life and sexuality.

Toronto: New Performance by Jess Dobkin

Press photo courtesy of Jess Dobkin
Press photo courtesy of Jess Dobkin

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take

to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson)

Performance by Jess Dobkin
Thursday, April 16
at 7:00pm – 11:15pm
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Toronto, Ontario M5A, Canada

Made in response and as an ode to one of America’s foremost groundbreaking performance artists, performance artist Jess Dobkin’s newest work, How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson), is at once a question, a joke and a reflection on the ways we see.

Taking a direct cue from Wilson’s 2005 video, A History of Performance Art According to Me, Martha Wilson, Dobkin takes on the complex and riddled history of performance art, defining its terms and conditions, while acknowledging the slippery temperament of her task. Wilson is also the founder and director of the renowned Franklin Furnace, a legendary artist-run space in New York City that once served as a venue, and in more recent years, exists as a virtual archive with the mission of “making the world safe for avant-garde art.”

In Wilson’s oral history of performance art, she by direct address to the camera relates the following joke:

Q: How Many Performance Artists Does it
Take to Change a Light Bulb?
A: I don’t know. I left after 4 hours.

True to the character of the light-bulb-joke oeuvre, where deviations occur over time and regions, Dobkin adds an additional variation of this joke concerning performance artists:

Q: How Many Performance Artists Does it
Take to Change a Light Bulb?
A: One to change the light bulb and 40 to document it.

As a manifestation of these jokes, and as a reflection of our screen-dependent culture, Dobkin has developed a four- plus-hour durational performance where a performance artist (Dobkin) will change a light bulb with at least 40 people documenting the piece through an exhaustive list of forms. From the ever-present phone camera, social media fanfare and GPS locator, Dobkin also turns to the generations of how performance art has been documented, revisiting the various models of photo- graphy, video recording, film formats, drawing, writing, along with treaded analogue technologies.

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson) will be an attempt to overwhelm the definitions and intersections of performance, documentation, the archive and image reproduction to investigate the nature of performance itself.

Questions at stake include: How is performance shared, transmitted, recalled, remembered? How do we under- stand the lifespan of a performance? How does the
form and quality of the documentation impact our under- standing of the original work? How have technological advances in documentation and image making changed our understanding and definition of performance art practices?

Performed by Jess Dobkin and 40 volunteer documenters, with special guest appearance by Martha Wilson.

Co-presented by TD; York University; U of T Drama Centre; Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies; OCAD Onsite; Digital Dramaturgy Lab; FADO Performance Centre

Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time” at the Brooklyn Museum

Press release by the Brooklyn Museum

Chitra Ganesh - 2014On Thursday, March 26 the Brooklyn Museum in New York presents Art Off the Wall: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time,” an evening of activities throughout the museum in celebration of Brooklyn artist Chitra Ganesh’s site-specific installation.

The program includes an exclusive screening of Ganesh’s video work; a talk with the artist and Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art; a Bhangra dance workshop; a zine installation curated by Brooklyn Zine Fest; and a dance party hosted by DJ Rekha.

Ganesh’s work explores mythic representation of femininity, sexuality, and power though a variety of media from watercolors and drawings to films, photographs and text-based work. The Brooklyn Museum presentation draws from historical and mythic tales that reveal the fierce Kali, one of the figures honored with a place setting in Judy Chicago’s
The Dinner Party (on permanent view in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), as one of the many avatars of feminine divinity. The evening is free with $16 Museum admission, free for members.

The programs line-up follows:

ART OFF THE WALL: Chitra Ganesh: “Eyes of Time”

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6-9:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Talk:Artist and Curator
Chitra Ganesh and Saisha Grayson, Assistant Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art will discuss the exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time.

7 p.m.
Browse: Zine Library
Browse and respond to a zine library curated and hosted by Brooklyn Zine Fest, inspired by Ganesh’s first major work, Tales of Amnesia (2002).

7:15 p.m.
Screening: Short Films by Chitra Ganesh
My dreams, my works must wait till after hell… (2011, 7 min.); created, directed, and produced by Girl (Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh)
Rabbithole (2010, 3 min.); animation, with music by Karsh Kale
What Remains (2009, 14 min.); written and directed by Sarita Khurana and Chitra Ganesh

8-9:30 p.m.
Dance: Warm Up with the Ajna Dance Company followed by Dance Party with DJ Rekha
Ajna Dance Company breaks down the basics of Bhangra in a participatory movement workshop. Then on to the Dance Party where producer and activist DJ Rekha spins a Bhangra dance set.

[Photo above: Chitra Ganesh, August 2014. Photo By Svati Shah.]

Charlotte Haslund-Christensen at ‘Humans – fotografi’

Photo by Charlotte Haslund-ChristensenCharlotte Haslund-Christensen will be presenting her art project WHO’S NEXT? and other art works at ‘Humans – fotografi’, a group exhibition at Munkerup Hus in Dronningmølle, Denmark.

The Opening:

Charlotte invites you to join her at the opening on March 21, 2015 at 15.00.

‘Humans – fotografi’ runs through May 25, 2015.


Photo by Charlotte Haslund-ChristensenCharlotte Haslund-Christensen: ‘My current artistic practice is focused on the use of photography itself to address these mechanisms and processes: to challenge the basis of historical and contemporary photographic ‘evidence’ and interrogate representational forms. From the colonial images of ‘natives’ photographed from in front and behind on expeditions throughout contemporary Denmark, to mugshots of homosexuals shot in a police station basement in ‘Who’s next?’

Who’s next?’ is the title of my latest project. Because as the need for ‘the other’ – religious, sexual, national, political – rises in a global climate of increasing fear, I realize a growing personal need to question the role of my own medium in generating exclusion and stigmatization.’

[Above photos are from Who's Next? by Charlotte Haslund-Christensen]