The exhibition run October
19- November 13,
at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman College, in Los
Media Artists include:
Caleb Engstrom, Fabienne Gautier, Paulo Fernandez, Christina McPhee,
Midori Sakuraï, Pierre St-Jacques, and Michael Szpakowski.
The Night was inspired by Patti Smith’s recording “Because the Night”,
and reflects the multiple facets of human behavior and local habitats
in the night. The exhibition is curated by Sabina Ott with a video
screening program by LiveBox.
participating include: Stephanie Brooks, Pamela Fraser, Michelle
Grabner, Kristin Calabrese,Terence Hannum, Goody B.Wiseman, Candice
Lin, Dana Duff, Jordan Biren, Alison Ruttan, Scott Stack, Mathew Girson
Fernandez (Chile), 1:37 min, 2008
Somnio is a experimental video
project that explores the audiovisual construction of using the body as
central. Framed by the theme of sleeping, Somnio explores physiological
and dreamlike dimension through kinetic visual and sound encounters.
Outside the Portico
or An Exploration Into the Night Time of Wilderness: Caleb Engstrom
(USA/Iowa), 2008, 1:28 min
Improvised video performance (mess
around) that took place outside the Portico Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa.
The work is a study on the nature of behavior, when stripped of time
and responsibility. To quote actor and director, Alan Alda, "You have
to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your
intuition". This is an exploration into the nighttime of wilderness.
Project for a Grey Dress: Pierre St-Jacques (USA/NY), 12:30 min, 2005
The piece is very loosely based on Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel "Project
for a Revolution in New York". A woman in her apartment is getting
ready to go out, she is ironing her grey dress. A man comes up the
stairs, presumably to meet her but this is not certain. The style in
the Robbe-Grillet book is one of ellipses and repeating patterns,
because of those structures we are never quite certain what the
intentions of the protagonists are. The basic central theme is of
desire, desire for the other and also for the self.
Salt: Christina McPhee (USA/LA), 9:00 min, 2004
Post San Simeon earthquake nightmare and reflections on San Andreas
Fault salt bed. SALT is born of the 6.5 magnitude San Simeon earthquake
of December 2003. The night of the quake, McPhee recorded mass media’s
take on the destruction – television’s six o clock lineup. Amid dismal
reportage, an antagonist appears, taking recordings and drawing in the
dry salt of Soda Lake.
αθδ(alfa / thêta / delta): Midori Sakuraï, (Japan/France-Paris),
5:54 min, 2008
“αθδ” is the 9th video in the series “DNA”, inspired by the
electroencephalography (EEG). The video captures a night of insomnia
through abstract imagery coupled with alpha, beta, theta and delta
waves. Beta waves are the states of normal waking consciousness; alpha
waves are detected during periods of waking; theta waves appear with
drowsiness; and delta waves during periods of deep sleep associated
Sound combines voice and music arranged from variations on Nessun Dorma
/ Turandot by Giacomo Puccini arrangement for a music box merged with
eeg-α, eeg-β, eeg-θ, eeg-δ audio capture.
Corps: Michael Szpakowski (UK/London), 3:48 min, 2007
'Corps' was shot in a single winter night in London from just after
people quit work until late. London becomes a dance as in "corps de
ballet", and a study of the individual human body within this -"corps".
NIGHT WALK: Fabienne Gautier (France/Paris), 5:00 min, 2004
Color Super 8 to DV, 7 min. An improvised walk through Paris at night.
Exercise in color and abstraction emanating from the city’s ethos.