September 29, 2014 –
Microscope Gallery is pleased to present Slide Executions, a program of live slide performance works by Andrew Lampert, Kenneth Curwood and Alexia Welch as the fourth of five events happening in conjunction with our current exhibition “Slide Slide Slide”.
Each of the artists, who work regularly with the transparent slide, take a different approach in pieces involving a death in some sense, both the literal and figurative. Lampert’s “Murder Mystery” most closely references the traditional slide show using a storyline – told through an almost complete carousel of slides – of 1950s art world figures, texts, abstractions and Mafioso. Welch’s “Remembering, Three Ways” consists of a carousel of handmade blood-painted slides among other images that over time begin to “sweat” in the heat as the color drains. Curwood’s untitled single slide projection is a stunningly beautiful and complete obliteration of the image as it is bleached before the audience’s eyes.
October 3, 2014 –
Microscope Gallery is very pleased to present a screening night of little-known and rarely-seen video pieces by The Wooster Group, as part of a Brooklyn mini-series that includes other Wooster Group-related events at Spectacle and Silent Barn. The program features works such as “Today, I Must Sincerely Congratulate You”, “Rhyme ‘Em To Death”, Flaubert Dreams Of Travel…”, “The Cocktail Party” and special excerpts from “Hula”, all directed by Elizabeth LeCompte with cinematography by Leslie Thornton and Ken Kobland. Performing alongside original Wooster Group members Willem Dafoe, Kate Valk, Spalding Gray, Peyton Smith, and Ron Vawter are Steve Buscemi, Anna Köhler, Irma St. Paule, Erik Moskowitz, Tom Zummer, and more.
The program will be introduced by Clay Hapaz of the Wooster Group, who will also be available for a Q&A following the screening.
October 5, 2014 –
As our current exhibition SLIDE SLIDE SLIDE draws to a close, Microscope is extremely pleased to present Mmpld: sottosopra / Vioi 3, slide & sound compositions by Brooklyn-based artists Gill Arnò and Raha Raissnia (accompanied by Panagiotis Mavridis) as the final live performance event element of the show!
In their respective pieces, Arnò and Raissnia each approach the slide projector as an instrument integrating sound and image into cohesive works using both composed and improvised moments. Both are new, roughly 30 minute pieces, that are part of a larger body of investigation. mmpld: sottosopra (upside down) is Arnò’s latest performance as part of the artist’s intermedia project mpld, in which he plays sequences of modified found slides while processing and amplifying the projectors’ electromechanical sounds. Vioi 3 finds Raissnia performing with two 35 mm carousel slide projectors of original slides accompanied by Panagiotis Mavridis on his hand-built electro/acoustic instruments. The piece is the third in a series of film works using as its starting point original footage shot by Raissnia in East Harlem in 2013.
October 6, 2014 –
Microscope Gallery is pleased to present “Abstracts in Motion”, a night of moving image works by LA-based filmmaker Huckleberry Lain who will be visiting New York. “Abstracts in Motions” features two approximately 30-minute works including the premiere of “Telegenic Collapse”, Huckleberry’s latest expanded cinema performance incorporating hand-painted 16mm film, video feedback and hacked pocket music synthesizer.
“A whirlwind of musical disillusion will take you on a journey through abstract worlds of analog tech explosion.” – HL
October 11, 2014 –
Microscope Gallery is pleased to present the New York incarnation of “Caravan: Double Feature” expanded cinema and performance event by Evan Dawson and Paige Phillips in our entrance garage. Held just after sundown, a 16mm film of two wanderers is projected via the van’s headlights by transforming part of an existing building into a canvas. The film loops around the side profile of the vehicle and the headlights have been replaced by projectors. Performance intervals by the two collaborating artists change the dynamic of the surrounding social space. The energy needed for the event is generated from the car’s battery, while two bricks on the gas pedal keep the battery charged. By the end of this trip Caravan will have held public events in Columbus, OH, Matewan, WV, Philadelphia, PA, Washington D.C., and New York, NY.
October 25, 2014 –
Marni Kotak joins us for the first time at our new location – and taking place in our garage entrance – CoolCar Cut: Ajax’s Third Birthday Party. With CoolCar Cut Kotak, joined by her son Ajax Kotak Bell and artist/husband Jason Robert Bell, continues her practice of presenting real life events – this time her child’s third birthday and party – as performance art in which the public is invited not only as audience but also as participants.
For CoolCar Cut, Kotak reinterprets and reconstructs the garage as ceremonial stage drawing from cultural traditions, such as the Upsherin, first haircut, in the Jewish tradition, and Las Presentaciones, presentation of the child to God, in Latin America, recognizing the third birthday as the transition from baby to boyhood before members of the community.
October 27, 2014 –
We are very pleased to present a very rare screening of a landmark structural/materialist work Room Film 1973 by English filmmaker and theoretician Peter Gidal. Few descriptions of the film’s actual content have been attempted most likely because such description would not only fall short of the actual viewing experience, but it would miss the point. Gidal says of the film “The work is not a translation of anything, it is not a representation of anything, not even of consciousness”.