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WhiBi Conversations: Film and Video

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 06:00 AM

There are 12 video artists in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and they are all tucked away on the third floor. A better way to see video art?  Or an easier way to avoid it?

We posed these questions, and more, to art critic, blogger and WNYC regular Carolina Miranda, Whitney curator Francesco Bonami, and Barney Oldfeld, curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives.

Francesco Bonami traveled the world to see work from contemporary film and video artists. He found American Jesse Aron Greene in Japan experimenting with a 360-degree camera. The slideshow below gives a peek into his Greene's work, as well as some of the other artists in the show and some discussed in the conversation. And watch one of  Kate Gilmore's videos below.

Jesse Aron Green: Still from
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Jesse Aron Green: Still from "Artzliche Zimmergymnastik"
Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher: Still from
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Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher: Still from "Osedax"
Ari Marcopoulos: Still from
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Ari Marcopoulos: Still from "Detroit"
Kelly Nipper: Still from
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Kelly Nipper: Still from "Weather Center"
Sharon Hayes: Still from
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Sharon Hayes: Still from "Parole"
Rashaad Newsome: Still from
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Rashaad Newsome: Still from "Untitled (New Way)"
Kate Gilmore: Still from
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Kate Gilmore: Still from "Main Squeeze"
Marianne Vitale: Still from
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Marianne Vitale: Still from "Patron"
Erika Vogt: Still from
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Erika Vogt: Still from "Secret Traveler Navigator"
Babette Mangolte: Composite for
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Babette Mangolte: Composite for "How to Look"
Kerry Tribe: Installation view of
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Kerry Tribe: Installation view of "H.M."
Josephine Meckseper: Still from
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Josephine Meckseper: Still from "Mall of America"
Alex Hubbard: Still from
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Alex Hubbard: Still from "An Abbreviated Catalogue of Artistic Reference II"

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Comments [1]

Nick Fortunato from NY

The reality is, most single channel video work can be consumed on any of the multitude of screens we encounter in our everyday life to the same effect as when it's shown in a museum. But honestly, it doesn't need to be an either/or - why can't it be both? There's definitely a way to give the work an institutional blessing while also simply just making it more available. Remember when the Whitney set up some computers in the basement to show net art a few Biennials ago? It's possible, people. There are obviously times when video as part of the work needs to live in a particular physical space, ex. Viola's projections or even Trecartin's installations. For 99% of the other times, open it up and let the people see the work (somewhere else as well).

Feb. 24 2010 09:49 PM

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