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

Over Time – On The Greenwich Foreshore

Over Time starts on September 13 – 14 2014 with performances and other works on the foreshore and Thames Path near Enderby’s Wharf in London, UK, 11.00 to 16.00 both days and 19.45 to 22.00 on Saturday.

Works from the project will be exhibited from September 19 to October 16, 2014 in The Stephen Lawrence Gallery Archive Space, Greenwich University, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LS.

On Sunday October 26, there is a day of performance, films and talks at The National Maritime Museum and Queens House, Greenwich, SE10 9NF, 12.00 to 16.00.

‘Over Time [curated by Anne Robinson] is an art project involving eleven artists, each of whom will make a response to spending precisely the same fixed amount of ‘clock time’ (five hours without watches or phones) in in the very historically resonant and atmospheric riverside space at Enderby’s Wharf, site of the first underwater telegraph cables and marked by time as industrial history and now a space for mudlarking, beachcombing and reflection Works will include sound, movement, performance, film, drawing, writing, conceptual, objects…’

‘Over Time art project aims to enable eleven amazing contemporary artists to make ‘time pieces’ in a place that is about to change forever… on the Greenwich foreshore.’

Participating Artists

Birgitta Hosea, Jo David, Claudia Firth, Charlie Fox, Katharine Fry, Rachel Gomme, Victoria Gray, The International Western, Gavin Maughfling, Sarah Sparkes and Ian Thompson.

Birgitta Hosea

Birgitta Hosea is performance artist and animator based in London UK will present her work Time Channel, film projection at Over Time. She is working in the field of expanded animation: ‘Through video installation and performance art, she combines a range of media – animation, manipulated video, paper sculpture, performance drawing, live video feeds and interactive technology – with the live body’. Birgitta curated the exhibition SEeAFAR at Folkestone, Triennial Fringe, August 2014 and has exhibitied her own works since the early 90s. Her early works were soft sculptures and installations. She made among others the overtly erotic work work Fierce Pussy Chair (1993) which is presented in Damn Fine Art By New Lesbian Artists by Cherry Smyth (1996).

Rachel Gomme

Rachel Gomme is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance and installation. ‘Through durational performance, site-specific performance and interactive encounters, she seeks to open a space for engagement with the embodied moment, awareness of the unnoticed detail of bodily presence and processes, and to highlight the viewer’s essential involvement in creating the unique, shared moment of performance.’ She makes endurance performances where she is knitting, unravelling and reknitting as an exploration of experienced time, texture, the body and space.

Curator  and Artist Anne Robinson

Anne Robinson’s is a multi-diciplinary artist working with the perception and politics of time passing. She works experimentally with duration, frame, exposure, paint surface, sound and movement. She  is also an art and film curator. She has curated for Supernormal Festival, an annual 3 day experimental arts festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, UK (August 2014).

San Francisco: Queer Ecologies – A Gallery Event

The Arcus Endowment at the College of Environmental Design & QCC present Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts:

QUEER ECOLOGIES: A Gallery Event and Conversation Featuring

Kim Anno and Adrian Parr

Kim Anno: Water City, Berkeley (Film 2013)
Adrian Parr: So To Speak (Spoken Word Performance)
September 11, 5pm
UC Berkeley Wurster Hall Gallery (110)

Internationally recognized photographer, painter and film/video artist Kim Anno presents her provocative film Water City, Berkeley, about climate change, cultural identity, and the role of aesthetics in social change. Then, ecological critic and social theorist Adrian Parr performs her spoken word piece So to Speak. Followed by Parr’s talk on how Anno’s film connects ecological change and cultural difference and on the role of aesthetics in forming activist communities and new political imaginaries. Adrian holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

Related Link

Read the press release about Queer Ecologies (the above event) at Queer Cultural Center’s website.

[ Double Blind # 3 ]

[ DOUBLE BIND #3 ] from [ RED BIND ] on Vimeo.

Performance | 2013 | 26’
Video from the performance | 2013 | 3’50’’

Soundtrack | National Anthem of the Russian Federation (Государственный гимн Российской Федерации) | “Stalker” (Сталкер), Andreï TARKOVSKI (Андрей Тарковский), 1979 | Poem, Fyodor TYUTCHEV (Фёдор Тютчев), 1836 | “Inland Empire”, David LYNCH, 2006 |

« I love your eyes, my darling friend,
Their play, so passionate and bright’ning,
When a sudden stare up you send,
And like a heaven-blown lightning,
It’d take in all from end to end.
But there’s more that I admire :
Your eyes when they’re downcast
In bursts of love-inspired fire,
And through the eyelash goes fast
A somber, dull call of desire… »
- Fyodor Ivanovich TYUTCHEV, 1836

©2013 Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman – All rights reserved | http://www.kedzior-friedman.org

About Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman

Red Bind, the artist duo Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman are based in France. ‘As visual artists working with performance, video, sound and photography, they analyze the confrontation to otherness and its inter-thematic with subjects such as: social yokes; dominant/dominated relationships; codes and what happens to them out of their context; gender and its limits and ambiguities; issues of the double and of the multiple characters under a single skin; or yet the identity, status and image of Woman.’ They have shown their works extensively both in France and abroad.