Soft Network Presents:
Artists on Camera, 1967-2021
(July 13 – AUGUST 24)

with it which it as it if it is to be, Part II
with it which it as it if it is to be, Part II

Whether focused on a single person or a group, the long tradition of artists depicting other artists offers an intimate perspective on a typically guarded world. These unique encounters with friends, peers, and their wider community bring an admiration shared by those on both sides of the camera. From quiet portraits filmed in studio environments that explore the nuances of an artist’s everyday life, to layered films that trace the influence of one artist’s work on another, this six-part program of shorts, mid-length, and feature films reveals how both the portrayers and the portrayed intersect.

Co-programmed by Jason Evans, this series is presented in conjunction with Soft Network’s summer project, Interior Scroll or What I Did on My Vacation, which includes exhibitions at Halsey McKay Gallery, Easthampton; Rachel Comey, Soho; S&S Corner Shop, Springs, NY; and Broadway gallery, Tribeca. Soft Network is a cooperative platform established by Chelsea Spengemann and Sara VanDerBeek for connective arts programming. They work between past and present to explore ways in which the archive and archival interactions can become integral modes of exchange, collaboration, creativity, and commerce. For more information, visit softnetwork.art.

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 1: In the Studio

Directed by Various dirs.

Q&A with Jason Evans and directors Rosa Barba, Jem Cohen, Gillian Garcia & Ben Rivers

A program capturing artists in their work spaces: Jem Cohen’s Anne Truitt, Working, Rosa Barba’s Enigmatic Whisper, Ben Rivers’s What Means Something, Gillian Garcia’s You She Smile Goodbye Remember & Hermine Freed’s Howardena Pindell.

Last available Jul 20 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 2: Portraits

Directed by Various dirs.

Q&A with Soft Network’s Chelsea Spengemann & Sara VanDerBeek and filmmaker Eve Fowler

Includes Cecile Emeke’s The Ancestors Came, Sky Hopinka’s I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become, Adam Pendleton’s Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones, Eve Fowler’s what it which it as it if it is to be, Part II, Barbara Hammer’s Jane Brakhage, and Shigeko Kubota’s Sexual Healing.

Last available Jul 27 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 3: In Dialogue

Directed by Chantal Akerman / Moyra Davey

Q&A with writer/translator Corina Copp and filmmaker Moyra Davey

With this double feature of medium-length films, Moyra Davey communes with Chantal Akerman (in Hemlock Forest), who in turn observes Pina Bausch and her dancers (in One Day Pina Asked…).

Last available Aug 3 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 3: One Day Pina Asked... 

Directed by Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company based in Wuppertal, Germany, is an encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century.

Last available Aug 3 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 3: Hemlock Forest

Directed by Moyra Davey

Moyra Davey’s video work begins as she searches for a definitive filmic subject while reflecting on the value of a life lived versus a life recorded. At the same time, she examines her own artistic strategies alongside the work of the influential Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.

Last available Aug 3 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 4: Together

Directed by Various dirs.

Q&A with MM Serra, Jack Waters & Peter Cramer, moderated by Soft Network’s Chelsea Spengemann

These films capture the significant impact artists can have on one another while working or living together—or both: Rosalind Nashashibi’s Vivian’s Garden, Ulysses Jenkins’s Dream City, Tom Rubnitz & David Wojnarowicz’s Listen To This, Mark Morrisroe’s Hello from Bertha, MM Serra’s Endless Possibilities: Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, and Alisha B. Wormsley’s Children of NAN: Search for the Mother.

Last available Aug 10 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 5: Streets & Meadows

Directed by Various dirs.

Q&A WITH FRANK ROMERO AND JOHN VALADEZ, MURALISTS FROM ‘MURALS OF AZTLÁN: THE STREET PAINTERS OF EAST LOST ANGELES’ MODERATED BY JASON EVANS

By moving outside of a white-walled space, many of the artists featured in this program experimented with community-based and collaborative methods of production, challenging hierarchies, and structures for how and where art should be shown. Titles include: DeeDee Halleck & George Griffin’s Meadows Green, Don Amis’s Festival of Mask, Joan Jonas’s Songdelay, James Tartan’s Murals of Aztlán: The Street Painters of East Los Angeles, and Guadalupe Rosales & Matt Wolf’s The Town I Live In.

Last available Aug 17 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 5 Special Presentation:
Shopping Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space

Directed by Barbara McCullough

A special presentation of Barbara McCullough’s visionary film, in which she converses with other L.A.-based Black artists about the role of ritual in Black life and creative practice.

Last available Aug 13 2021

Past Screening

Artists on Camera,
1967-2021
Program 6: Women/Artists/
Filmmakers

Directed by Various dirs.

Q&A with filmmakers Martha Edelheit, Rosalind Schneider and Olga Spiegel moderated by Chelsea Spengemann, and Sara VanDerBeek

Curated by Rosalind Schneider, the founder of Women Artist Filmmakers, and Martha Edelheit, one of the original members, this program commemorates the group’s contribution to 1975’s art and performance week “Woman Artists Here and Now.” Titles include: Maria Lassnig’s Selfportrait, Silvianna Goldsmith’s Lil Picard, Art Is a Party, Martha Edelheit’s Sno-White (Crimson), Carolee Schneemann’s Plumb Line, Rosalind Schneider’s Parallax, Doris Chase’s Circles II, Olga Spiegel’s Wings of Thought, and Susan Brockman’s Depot.

Last available Aug 24 2021