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Please join us at Vtape for the opening program of the 2014
CURATORIAL INCUBATOR v.11:
STOP WITH THE PERFORMANCE ALREADY !

SCREEN TEST

curated by

ZACH PEARL

Screening and curator's talk
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Screening @ 2 & 3:30pm
Curator's talk @ 3:00pm

This program will be available on request through
Thursday, February 7, 2014.

Fully illustrated catalogue with essays by each of the participants. Publication date : February 8, 2014.

 

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                                                                                                                                 Paul Wong, Perfect Day, 2007, 7:30

 

This year, The Curatorial Incubator, v.11 – Stop with the performance already! went in search of works that go over the top while reaching for the stars. Since the very beginning of independent video, artists have been turning the camera on themselves and their friends and, in the process, have redefined performance for the camera as both expressive and excessive. We wanted to see what young curators would turn up when considering this subject. The results are wonderfully diverse – from spaces to faces, each of our three participants has put together challenging programs that both engage and entertain. Combining their own personal knowledge with the extensive holdings at Vtape, the three emerging artist/curators weave older works – some from the earliest days of artists' video – into very contemporary conversations with younger counterparts. Again The Curatorial Incubator proves to be important programming platform, providing a context for exchange and discourse across generational lines.

We open this year's Curatorial Incubator with Zach Pearl's examination of that Hollywood stand-by, the Screen Test. Not surprisingly, he finds that artists have a way of baring it all that both embraces and surpasses the tradition.

"The video performances in this program are not screen tests in this traditional sense. None were shot under the context of an audition or portray a character per se. However, each performance does reveal itself to be a test—a challenge to bridge a carefully constructed reality and awkward moments of intensely human behaviour. By staging intentionally disconcerting acts, each artist positions the viewer as reluctant witness to the completion of a difficult task." Zach Pearl

 

THE PROGRAM

Tom Sherman, Hyperventilation 2011.
2011, 8:30.

Rodney Werden, Say.
1978, 3:00.

Marisa Hoicka, Insides Out: Head, Shoulders Knees & Toes.
2012, 7:40.

Erin Hael, Souvenir.
2013, 4:53.

Paul Wong Perfect Day.
2007, 7:30.

Zeesey Powers, ERIN—I Will Tell You Exactly What I Think Of You.
2013, 5:40.

Tad Hozumi, Thinking About Someone While Listening to Mariah Carey
2009, 4:25.

WATCH FOR THE NEXT TWO PROGRAMS OF THE
CURATORIAL INCUBATOR v.11:
STOP WITH THE PERFORMANCE ALREADY !

February 8 – March 7, 2014 

Yaël Filipovic presents Set tongues wagging [set tuhng wag·ging], an examination of language itself and how by inserting themselves in front of the camera, artists may place themselves in the center of what she calls "these potent and delicate conversations" involving politics, nationalism, and colonialism.


March 8 – April 5, 2014 

Neal MacInnes presents An Architecture of Performance, an exploration of the idea that the structures surrounding us might be haunted with power and capable of exercising it.

Please contact Erik Martinson at Vtape to book class visits to view The Curatorial Incubator program as well as other titles in the Vtape holdings and to have an orientation to Vtape and all the extensive research facilities available to students, curators, writers and the general public.



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