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Must See: Experimental Film Series Plays Nightly From NYC Gallery Window

The “Summer Window” film series explores different aspects of Internet culture, poetry, and the seven deadly sins.

Last winter the artist, Eric Corriel used the windows of Garis & Hahn gallery to display his video project, Salon Vidéo that reflected visitor’s images inside salon style frames as they walked along the Bowery. Starting this week the windows of Garis &Hahn gallery is reprising the film series. Nightly, at the gallery an installation of a marathon of experimental art films will be screened in the windows of the gallery. The show, “Summer Window,” will use film over the next three weeks to explore different aspects of Internet culture, poetry, and the seven deadly sins.

Seth Indigo Carnes’ “NYCorrespondence,” which runs this week, is a real-time window projection video that features poets responding to an experimental visual poem in a loop. The intended affect being that the artists create a continuous conversation throughout the night. A customized Tumblr takes the artists responses and create a mediated discourse that explores how technology can turn the written word into visual poetry.

Jamie Zigelbaum’s “100 Hours Per Minute,” video work curated by Catherine Paige Ross, uses YouTube statistics that maintains that 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute to the video sharing platform, as a point of departure to display visually an array of uploaded YouTube videos overlaid and played together. “Jamie's work is interactive, relying on passersby to tweet search queries to initiate the process. In addition to being able to view one's segment in front of the gallery, all clips are available on the associated YouTube page, expanding the audience,” explains Ross of the experimental video also allows people to include their own searches in the work using a hashtag that will be displayed on the screen and by tweeting to @100_HPM.

“Considering the parameters of the window series, 100 Hours Per Minute immediately caught my eye,” says Ross who curated the window and worked on the first window series with Garis & Hahn. “The use of public interests and social media to produce wonderfully abstract imagery is captivating. The work shows a sort of beauty within the chaos of our over-saturated world.”

The last few weeks of the show will exhibit “Collisions of Matter” and “Seven Deadly Sins”, two works curated by Kristin Sancken. “I am interested in artists who take their interests to the extreme and create something that is both aesthetically beautiful and conceptually complex,” says Kristin who organized both “Collision of Matter,” and “Seven Deadly Sins,” with very different ideas about film in mind.

Andrew Erdos’ “Collision of Matter,” is a film that uses the artist master of glass techniques to construct narratives that touch on themes of technology, science, and religion. “I have always felt a connection with Andrew Erdos' work because of his deep seated interest in human culture and technology particularly the effects of nuclear waste on Native American reservations in the United States,” Sanchen tells Tribeca Film. “I'm part Cherokee and actually grew up in Augusta, Georgia, which is 20 miles from a nuclear power plant so we immediately clicked over the topics he was exploring in his work.”

For “7 Deadly Sins,” Sancken features a different artist video for each day of the week that focuses on one aspect of each of the seven deadly sins. “A key component of video art is that it does not rely on the narrative conventions that define theatrical cinema,” explains Sancken. Instead of focusing on narrative or objectivity for the week long film series Sancken says, “I wanted to focus on aesthetic subjectivity as the key factor the defines video art while drawing a parallel between time, substance and sense of self.”

Thematically, the video works seem to rely on Internet platforms like Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube, and mobile apps to explore mixing film and digital culture. The video works are also diverse in the way in which they approach what film making can be. Some of the films are narrative driven and others loosely explore concepts that are hard to pen down and represent. Taken together they explore how artists use film in a myriad of ways to express themselves and explore concepts through the moving image.

Summer Video is on view at Garis & Hahn through September 6th. For more information, click here.


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