Film / talk / Visual Arts

Time Change: Sunday 11th 2010

Talk: Chris Clarke on Mika Tajima / New Humans
2pm, Sunday, July 11
As part of the Avant Festival and the exhibition Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art, curator Chris Clarke will discuss the influence of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1968 film Sympathy for the Devil on Mika Tajima / New Humans’ 2008 video installation Holding Your Breath (Taking the Long Way).
The two New Humans performances that punctuated Disassociate (2007), an installation by Tajima at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York, were created in collaboration with poet-artist-architect Vito Acconci and violinist C. Spencer Yeh. This multilayered work responds structurally to Sympathy for the Devil (1968), Jean-Luc Godard’s closeup film documenting the Rolling Stones’ fractious, collaborative open studio sessions recorded just prior to the moment when the band’s first leader, Brian Jones, went absent from the group (and drowned shortly thereafter). Using the film as a reference point, Tajima notes, the installation and performances reflected the process of working together, with all of its contradictions, takes, trials, errors, and transparency of production” Ð Todd Alden
Free, all welcome
Lewis Glucksman Gallery

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