Here and Elsewhere

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July 13 — August 19, 2007

Here and Elsewhere attempts to answer the question: What should be challenged about the categories “landscape,” “geography,” and “location?” 

Featuring six young artists from Chicago, and in correspondence with the Artist in the Marketplace participants at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, this exhibition comes to Boots Contemporary Art Space to chart a new terrain. How are we defined by our environment, location, and geographical boundaries? How do we experience ourselves within an understanding of these concepts? How do we experience others? As the problems of globalization and “identity politics” recapitulate themselves in our current moment, subjectivity takes on a spatial dimension. Our world is defined by our borders, our buildings, and our expanding horizon line, while we are asked to locate ourselves within it. 

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Participating artists: 

Clint Bargers • Julia Doran • Carter Lashley • Tim Ridlen • Harley David Young • Daniel Zaretsky

Video flatfiles from the Artist in the Marketplace participants:

Franny Allié • David Politzer • Megan Michalak • Hiroyuki Nakamura 

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Video Screenings 

Co-curated by Tim Ridlen, Ian Morrison, and Alexander Stewart. Projected in the backyard of Boots, these video programs draw from artists all over the world, and address similar questions of location, geography, and landscape. 

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July 14 – Landscaping 

Curated by Alexander Stewart

“I transform landscapes — I direct landscapes.” – Werner Herzog

This program includes a selection of short videos that deal with representation of northern landscapes. The scale of these landscapes is a central issue: how does a person handle a camera or handle footage so as not to become utterly lost in the expanse? As landmarks and indications of scale become fewer and farther between, these artists employ a variety of strategies in order to grapple with the magnitude of these places. 

Huong Ngo engineers an epic landscaping project, involving the removal of stray teeth from the earth, on a miniature animated scale. Dariusz Kowalski uses web cams found on the internet in order to keep an eye on the frigid Alaskan wilderness remotely from Vienna. Bill Brown finds passive, hulking remnants of nuclear missile silos to be an insidious and absurd presence in North Dakota. Andy Roche documents the intense charisma of his friend Victor Cayro as it resonates across the Midwestern plains of Iowa. Inger Lise Hansen uses stop-motion animation of rocks and dirt, and shifting orientations of a motion-controlled 35mm camera, to transform the endless horizons and soaring mountains of an arctic island into flat onscreen textures. 

Landscaping showcases technical and narrative strategies for managing landscapes of a scale beyond what is physically feasible.

Screening program:

Huong Ngo – Micropolis – 2:00 – DV – 2006

Dariusz Kowalski – Elements – 8:00 – 35mm – 2006 

Bill Brown – Buffalo Common – 23:00 – 16mm – 2001

Andy Roche – Born to Live Life – 11:00 – Super8 and DV – 2005

Inger Lise Hansen – Adrift – 8:30 – 35mm – 2005

Total runtime: 52:30

July 18 – Nearby

Curated by Tim Ridlen

This program takes its theme from the impossible task of observing from afar, and speaking nearby. Displacement, transition, and relative location reoccur in the works of Cayetano Ferrer, Isil Egrikavuk, and Irina Botea. The video work of American-born artist Cayetano Ferrer is focused on a transitory experience of urban geography. Using a variety of capture techniques including frame by frame reanimation of traffic light cameras, Ferrer’s works record and interfere in the processes of transistion. Toying with the images of Turkey found in the popular imagination both abroad and at home, Isil Egrikavuk creates scenarios too bizarre to be real, but too true to be ignored. Romanian artist Irina Botea transports Romanian history and culture to Chicago through reenactment of the televised revolution of 1989. “Irina Botea’s work is an attempt to (re-)inscribe oneself in a sequence of media images that constitutes history. Possibly, it is also an attempt to develop sympathy with the more or less active protagonists of a historical situation to which we now only have access in a strongly media-dependent form.” (Inke Arns)

Screening Program:

Cayetano Ferrer – MMDDYYYY – 4:25 – 2007 – Untitled – 1:11 – 2006 

Isil Egrikavuk – Gül – 16:00 – 2007 – Untitled – 3:00 – 2007

Irina Botea – Where do you play Monopoly – 15:49 – 2006 

Auditions for a Revolution -22:49 – 2006

Total runtime: 63:14

July 20 – What Remains 

Curated by Ian Morrison

What Remains is a program of both emerging and internationally renowned moving image producers who investigate historical dynamics with an acute awareness of how image production mediates and transforms the very dynamics that the work puts into question. Working with a wide array of pre-existing material from family archives, war newsreels, amateur footage and industrial films, these artists attempt to grasp historical transformations with minimal means. Working in a self-reflexive manner by looking at how images are a peculiar arbiter of understanding change, these artists hope to reinvigorate the question of the artist’s ability to represent the present.

Screening Program:

Hatice Guleryuz – The First Ones – 2000

Soon-Mi Yoo – Dangerous Supplement – 14:30 – 2005

Akram Zaatari – Produced by The Arab Image Foundation:

Him + Her – Van LEO – 32:00 – 2001

Gintaras Makarevicius – HOT – 12:20 – 1999

Total runtime: +58:50