Electric Narcissus (Flaherty NYC with Joan Jonas)
Screening followed by a conversation between artist Joan Jonas and art historian Kris Paulsen, author of Here / There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface (MIT, 2017)
Joanne Kyger, Descartes, 1968, 11 min, digital
Joan Jonas, Left Side, Right Side, 1972, 9 min, digital
Joan Jonas, Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy, 1972, 17 min, digital
Pipilotti Rist, You Called Me Jacky, 1990, 4 min, digital
Mark LaPore / Phil Solomon, Crossroad, 2005, 5 min, digital
Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Work Station, 2016, 9 min, digital
Michael Robinson, Onward Lossless Follows, 2017, 17 min, digital
With the invention of the electronic sensor, the moving image underwent a transformation—from the movie screen, a surface upon which images of the world are projected, to an interface that connects the world in real time. This opening night program of Flaherty NYC's "Surface Knowledge" series investigates the screen as a site of telepresence, a conduit which connects the artist/performer with the viewer/perceiver. Conceived as a cross-generational conversation, this program of shorts shows how video artists such as Joan Jonas, Pipilotti Rist, Sondra Perry and others have sought to explore the existential effects of the mediated image, where selves are transformed into seductive mediums, online avatars, and SMS traders. These games of representation open up uncanny and sometimes hazardous environments, where depth of identity must interface with layers of layers of surface. Predictive of the instant communication modes that now define our lives, these films tread gingerly into out-of-body experiences of self in which one is neither “here” nor “there."
Flaherty NYC is a seasonal screening series which presents innovative and groundbreaking films, followed by discussions with the makers on aesthetics, the production process, and the challenges of the work. Flaherty NYC stands apart from other NYC screening series, in that it exposes audiences to filmmakers whose work deserve more attention, as well as more discourse. For the full schedule, please check the Flaherty NYC website: www.theflaherty.org.
Program organized in partnership with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Copresented with Triple Canopy.
Still: Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy, 1972, video. Courtesy of EAI.