TALKS BACK (PT. 2)
Curated by Angela Washko
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18th
ONE NIGHT ONLY – 7:30PM & 10PM
ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Talks Back is a screening program featuring video and performance-for-video works by women artists who have opted to move away from the limitations of gallery contexts and art world audiences and put themselves in conversation with television and cinema (and their audiences). Inspired by the possibilities offered by public access television, reality television and virtual environments, these artists bring new meaning to films, television programming, and multi-user digital spaces by inserting themselves into existing media narratives which don’t often include their perspectives. Through remixing their bodies into found footage or literally getting onto reality television programs, these artists assert the need for the narratives of intersectional feminists in the mainstream media we consume every day.
Artists in the program include Morehshin Allahyari, Ann Hirsch, Narcissister, Rachel Rampleman, Suzie Silver, Skawennati and Angela Washko.
Special thanks to the artists and curator.
Suzie Silver, 1993
“Suzie Silver directs and performs all the roles in this raucous and hilarious music video rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”, the infamous Southern rock anthem for an entire generation of 1970s male youth. In this spoof of straight mass culture, Silver flips ironically between roles; from a lesbian proudly proclaiming her sexuality at the Academy Awards, to an in-concert Coors-drinking Ronnie Van Zant, and, finally, to a black-lace lesbian lounge swinger celebrating the wild, colorful world of “out” visibility. Silver draws upon an amazing array of found footage and special effects to bend genders and genres with spectacular visual delight.” – SS
MILLIONAIRE WORTHY: HOME EDITION (A PRIMER)
Angela Washko, 2013
“Angela Washko explores metrics and seduction in this video work that presents audiences with a strategy for romantic success through data analysis of the Bravo television show Millionaire Matchmaker. The project was the primer video which ultimately led to a public access television show called ‘Millionaire Worthy TV’.
‘Millionaire Worthy’ began as a research project through which the artist watched all 72 of the existing episodes of Millionaire Matchmaker and analyzed exactly what values were being communicated to its viewership by making spreadsheets and graphs detailing what traits men on the show state that they are looking for in women, and what the host declares unacceptable about the women she denies opportunities to date these men. Performing as analyst and (un)qualified authority, Angela Washko attempts to embody Patti Stanger’s teachings…the impossibility of which is made clear by highly contradictory data.” – AW
TIMETRAVELLER™ EPISODE 1 & 2,
6 min & 9 min
“It is critical that Aboriginal people show up in The Future. Sepia-toned, historical images of silent, unnamed Indians are everywhere but rarely do we appear in future imaginaries, even our own. As a Mohawk woman, I believe that we need to visualize ourselves as full participants in the future in order to assume our appropriate role as active agents in the shaping of new mediums and new societies. At the moment, nothing can represent The Future better than a real-time, interactive, 3D space where fantastical people populate improbable architecture and fly, teleport, and telepathically communicate their thoughts and dreams. Second Life, the popular virtual world, is such a space. How do Indigenous people fit into such spaces? And, more importantly, what is our role in defining those spaces? TimeTraveller™ is a creative and critical intervention into such discussions. TimeTraveller™ is a 9-part machinima that tells the story of Hunter, an angry young Mohawk man living in the 22nd century. Despite his impressive range of traditional skills, Hunter is unable to find his way in an overcrowded, hyperconsumerist, technologized world. He decides to use his edutainment system, his TimeTraveller™, to learn about his heritage. Through a bizarre glitch in the system, he meets Karahkwenhawi, a young Mohawk woman from our present. Together they criss-cross time, and end up discovering the complexity of history, truth, and love.” – S
IN THE REALM OF RARE AND ANALOGOUS ACCIDENTS
Morehshin Allahyari, 2013
Side by Side; Searching for a relationship that defines the states of belonging; The space in the middle. Questioning the power of the image… the image that guides us. The image that lies. “Something is of course always lost when we get to see only one side. It is for the exact same reason that one must have the courage to confess the pain of the coma-like contrast of life and cinema. In this scenario, somehow we must put it all together to see the big picture; While in the state of unconsciousness, we are stuck at the thin edge of a screen where two worlds, two countries, and two cities separate for the sake of it. I feel helpless standing in the middle. In this chain of accidents, in this battle of guns and bombs, in the pile of my notes, thoughts, and nostalgic memories of Texas and Tehran, the world lacks trust in common sense.” -M