Aptly described as a media bricoleur, Ahwesh’s work combines a variety of experimental narrative and documentary genres, often with improvisational performance. Utilizing found footage, noise, the arcane and a variety of obsolete, low end technologies Ahwesh’s work is primarily an investigation of cultural identity and the role of the female subject. Ahwesh’s practice insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical rigor, while at the same time using humor and the absurd in an open embrace of the inexplicable. Subjective experiences of the individual, the mundane and discourses of non-closure are subjects of her work. Feminist theory and film theory are applied to traditionally female-gendered themes-home movies, family drama, relationships and confessions-while turning the conventions of realism on end.
Peggy Ahwesh came of age in the 1970’s with Super 8mm amateur filmmaking, feminism and the punk underground in Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Antioch College. Currently, Ahwesh is Chair of the Film & Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. Her film and video work is distributed by EAI, New York and Lightcone, Paris. Ahwesh’s films Martina’s Playhouse (1989), The Deadman (made with Keith Sanborn, 1989), Strange Weather (1993) and Nocturne (1998) are in the permanent collection of the MOMA. Ahwesh has received grants from the Jerome, Creative Capital and Guggenheim Foundations and NYSCA. In 2000 she received the Alpert Award for film/video.
Michel Auder, born in Soissons, France, and was made to join the military at a young age as a photographer during the Algerian war. Returning to Paris, he started to make films. Later he joined a group of filmmakers during “May 68.” Arriving in New York City in 1969, he was the first to employ the video camera as his primary art making device. Since then, his work has spanned a variety of styles and genres all shot on video. He has exhibited widely in North America and Europe, at such venues as Migros Museum, Zurich, Renaissance Society, Chicago, Williams College Museum of Art, the Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmoe, Sweden, Kunshalle Wien, Austria, the Center For Contemporary Images, Geneva and the Berlin, London and Copenhagen Film festivals. Michel Auder taught in the sculpture department at Yale University and was appointed critic at Yale School of Art in 2009.
Agnes Bolt is a New York/Pittsburgh based artist, currently enrolled in the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University. “My interdisciplinary practice often uses video, photography, installation and intervention. My projects are rooted in the real world and often deal with real people’s stories but aim to transform themselves into slightly altered realities in the hopes of eliciting humor, mischief, earnestness and sometimes discomfort. I am interested in the way individuals and groups of people act within and outside the restraints of law/mores/social conditions and in what goes on when they are alone. Through the exploration of psycho-social behavior, visual paradoxes, and by playing with the limitations and absurdity of communication I hope to offer possible new outlets for dialogue.”
Bradley Eros works in a variety of media including: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, expanded cinema & installation. He has exhibited at the 2004 Whitney Biennial & The American Century, The New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, MoMA, The Kitchen, Pacific Film Archives, SF Cinematheque, Performa, The Warhol Museum, Arsenal in Berlin, Lightcone in Paris; and also works with the New York Film-makers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archives, & Spectacle.
Bradley Eros is also a catalyst, actively involved the diverse New York experimental film scene, initiating, exhibiting and curating at a multitude of spaces & venues, collectives & festivals, including The Kitchen, Exit Art, Millennium, Anthology, ABC No Rio, Galapagos/Ocularis, NY Underground Film Festival, Migrating Forms, Issue Project Room, PS1,Collective for Living Cinema, Light Industry, Participant Inc, White Box, Franklin Furnace, PS122, Cabinet, Colab, and most especially, the Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema, at Collective Unconscious.
Raul Vincent Enriquez
Raul Vincent Enriquez works in various media, including photography, animation, live performance, moving image, beans & salsa, and sound. He has a history of hosting events, such as the Bean and Cheese Burrito Party which fosters mastication among audience members. In recent years, he has showed work at the New Museum (NYC), Queens Museum (NYC), Times Square (NYC), Photo Miami/LA Art Fair, The Stephan Cohen Gallery (LA), Scope (NYC/London/Miami), Conduit Gallery (Dallas), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, New York Theatre Workshop, NYU Performance Studies Program, and Cal Arts (LA), among others.
Glen Fogel was born in 1977 in Denver, Colorado. He studied film and cultural studies at McGill University in Montreal before moving in 1998 to New York. Fogel’s recent solo exhibitions include his 2006 exhibition Interference at Mass Gallery, Austin, Texas; a 2005 exhibition at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY; a 2005 exhibition at the Millennium Film Workshop, New York; and his 2004 exhibition Release System at Galeria Andre Viana in Porto, Portugal. Fogel’s work also has been included in numerous exhibitions including the 2002 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Log Cabin Show at Artists Space, NY; Ocularis at 10 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hybrids at Millenium Film Workshop, New York; and the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, among others. A frequent collaborator, Fogel created the large-scale video projection for choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin’s most recent work, Survival Cycle, which premiered at Dance Theatre Workshop in November 2006, and he directed the 2005 music video for Antony and the Johnsons’ song Hope There’s Someone. Fogel was the 2006 grant recipient of Creative Capital’sMAP Production Fund
Takahiko Iimura has been a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video, working with film since l960 and with video since 1970 while residing in New York and Tokyo. He is a widely established international artist, having numerous solo exhibitions in major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum, New York, Anthology Film Archives, New York, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo in addition to an artist residency at the German Academy of Arts, Berlin, and Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy.
Tom Jarmusch is an artist and filmmaker.
His work includes films, videos, installations and photography. His work has been shown internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America and at festival including: Rotterdam International Film Festival (Holland), New York Underground Film Festival, BBC Short Film Festival (UK), Cinema Texas, Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland; video competition in 1995) Paris Underground Film Festival (France), Rencontre Internationales Paris/Berlin (Paris France), Media City (Canada), Chicago Underground Film Festival, and others.
In 2001 he made video (with James Nares and Fabienne Gautier) for Phil Kline’s opera INTO THE FIRE. He is currently completing SOMETIMES CITY a documentary portrait of Cleveland, Ohio which will premiere at Anthology Film Archives October 22nd and 23rd 2010. He has received grants from the Andrea Frank Foundation (2001), IngenuityFest (2008), Emergency Grant from the Foundation For Contemporary Arts (2009).
He has also appeared as an actor in movies by Tom DiCillo (JOHNNY SUEDE 1991 and LIVING IN OBLIVION 1995), Raul Ruiz (THE GOLDEN BOAT 1990), Cinque Lee (U R FORGIVEN 2004), Jinoh Park (SHOULD HAVE KISSED 2010), Harris Smith (MODERN YOUNG MAN 1999). He has worked for movies as an Art Director, Prop Master, and in the Locations department for Directors including: Robert Frank, Claire Denis, Aki Kaurismaki, Ang Lee, Michael Almereyda, and his brother Jim Jarmusch. He lives and works in NYC.
Jonas Mekas was born in 1922 in the farming village of Semeniškiai, Lithuania. He currently lives and works in New York City. In 1944, he and his brother Adolfas were taken by the Nazis to a forced labor camp in Elmshorn, Germany. After the War he studied philosophy at the University of Mainz. At the end of 1949 the UN Refugee Organization brought both brothers to New York City, where they settled down in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Two weeks after his arrival in New York he borrowed money to buy his first Bolex camera and began to record brief moments of his life. He soon got deeply involved in the American Avant-Garde film movement. In 1954, together with his brother, he started Film Culture magazine, which soon became the most important film publication in the US. In 1958 he began his legendary Movie Journal column in the Village Voice. In 1962 he founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and in 1964 the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque, which eventually grew into Anthology Film Archives, one of the world’s largest and most important repositories of avante-garde cinema, and a screening venue.
During all this time he continued writing poetry and making films. To this date he has published more than 20 books of prose and poetry, which have been translated into over 12 languages. His Lithuanian poetry is now part of Lithuanian classic literature and his films can be found in leading museums around the world. He is largely credited for developing the diaristic forms of cinema. Mekas has also been active as an academic, teaching at the New School for Social Research, the International Center for Photography, Cooper Union, New York University, and MIT.
Mekas’ film The Brig was awarded the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1963. Other films include Walden (1969), Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972), Lost Lost Lost (1975), Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1990), Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas (1992), and As I was Moving Ahead I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000). More recently, in 2007, he completed a series of 365 short films released on the internet, one film every day.
Since 2000, Mekas has expanded his work into the area of film installations, exhibiting at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), PS1 Contemporary Art Center MoMA, Documenta of Kassel, the Museum Ludwig in Coulogne, and the Venice Biennale. In 2007, the Jonas Mekas Center for the Visual Arts opened in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Sebastian Mekas is a New York City-born writer, translator, and photographer. Since completing his studies in mathematics and oriental linguistics, he has lived in France, Italy, and China, working as an editor and translator for various art institutions.
Born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Lived in Paris in the late Sixties, was active with Lemaitre and Isou in the Lettrist Group as a painter, poet and filmmaker. Moved to New York in the early Seventies. Was a contributing photographer for Warhol?s Interview Magazine. His works are in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Warhol Foundation, and Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in NY. His first one man photography show in 1971, Gotham Book Mart, NY. Created and directed the first Underground Cable TV show on Manhattan Cable in 1973. The show was controversial and censored. He was an early pioneer of Cable TV. In 1972 shows his video work at the Kitchen, New York. In 1975 German TV presents one hour of his video works. In 1977/78 invents and builds an electric painting machine, an early predecessor of ink-jet technology. In 1979 Tony Shafrazi shows his Electric Paintings. Was an early pioneer of digital art. In 1978 starts publishing Night Magazine. Was an early pioneer in underground publishing. In 2006 had a video retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives in NY. His photographs, paintings and videos are shown and published worldwide.