Video / Film

Paradise Lost at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Trinh T. Minh-ha. Surname Viet Given Name Nam, 1989 (film still); 16mm; 108 min. Courtesy of Moongift Films.

“Southern Asia, in general, is the seat of awful images and associations. As the cradle of the human race, it would alone have a dim and reverential feeling connected with it… [the] mere antiquity of Asiatic things, of their institutions, histories, modes of faith, &c., is so impressive, that to me the vast age of the race and name overpowers the sense of youth in[.....]

Yarn Trails: Visual Resonance Among Three Exhibitions in Chicago

Detail of Academic Connections: Media Atlas, 2014, an undertaking of Professor W.J.T. Mitchell’s Theories of Media class students, in a gallery at the Smart Museum of the University of Chicago. Photo: Saul Rosenfield.

The typical museum experience is controlled. A pathway describes a route from one artwork to another, each illustrated by its label and narrated by an audio tour. However, three exhibitions currently on view in Chicago invite the visitor to engage in a less predictable process. At the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, visual-culture scholar W.J.T. Mitchell and the students of his “Theories of[.....]

Art(ists) on the Verge at the Soap Factory

Katie Hargrave, In Poor Tastes Good, 2014; mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy The Soap Factory. Photo by Lillian Egner.

Now through April, the sprawling, rough-and-tumble brick spaces of Minneapolis’ Soap Factory are filled with installation projects by five artists—the Art(ists) on the Verge, as it were. It is not quite fair to consider Art(ists) on the Verge as a single exhibition, as there is no curatorial or artistic conceit to cement the various projects into a cohesive entity. The works on view are the[.....]

Green Dream at kijidome

Tara Merenda Nelson (with Madge of Honor). Beautiful Secrets, episode 2, 2014; video still.

From our partners at Big Red & Shiny, today we bring you a review of Green Dream at kijidome in Boston. Author Edmond Caldwell notes, “Individually and collectively, the digital videos that comprise kijidome’s Green Dream come to no easy conclusions and issue no final statements. Instead, they leave the audience to continue the collaboration in their thoughts and discussions.” This article was originally published on February 19,[.....]

Queering the Archive: When a Personal Act of Collecting Turns Political

Karol Radziszewski. Kisieland, 2012 (film still); High definition video; 30:00. Courtesy of the artist.

Today we bring you Queering the Archive: When a Personal Act of Collecting Turns Political, an article on queer art and activism in Eastern Europe recently featured on our sister site, Art Practical. Author Ela Bittencourt notes, “Kisiel’s slides…reverse the commonly accepted notion that there was no room for individual expression, least of all same-sex eroticism, in communist Eastern Europe. At the same time, their secretive circulation[.....]

Archive State at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College

David Oresick, Soldiers in Their Youth (still), 2009; digital video montage; 20 mins. Courtesy the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

On view across three levels of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago, the exhibition Archive State presents five discrete bodies of work developed by six artists. (One of the installations is made by a duo.) Spatially expansive and ideologically packed, each of these five groups of works deserves individual attention. Likewise, the title of the exhibition itself is due some unpacking. Using the[.....]

White Hot Lamp Black at Southern Exposure

Hillary Wiedemann. Transit of Venus, 2013 (video still); color HD video; 2:50. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Suzanne L’Heureux reviews White Hot Lamp Black at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Southern Exposure’s group exhibition White Hot Lamp Black explores the edges of perception, featuring artists who[.....]