TEXT AS BODY ANIMAL AS BODY BODY AS GESTURE GESTURE AS TEXT BODY AS TEXT SOUND AS BODY be wary the weak of heart
Shelly Silver proposes two evenings of images and sounds for TEXT BODY.
Text derives from the Latin textus (a tissue), which is in turn derived from texere (to weave). Weaving a story, a fable, one can think of a kind of clothing, protecting, decorating oneself in words. But what if one takes this textus, this body of language as bodily tissue? And what happens when words exude and finally separate themselves from a body in the form of spoken sounds, garbled or articulate. Is a gesture also a text? What about the sounds that are provoked by that gesture? What about other things that exit or enter the body, our body, their bodies? What is the difference between this tissue we’re made of and the tissue of language and culture and laughing and artifice and marble sacks and jewels and guns and cunnilingus and semen stains and schools and fish and death?
Program -Part One- Freitag | 24. Januar 2014 | 20 Uhr
1 School of Fish Eileen Myles audio/1997/1:50
EILEEN MYLES is an American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades. http://www.eileenmyles.com/
2 Hand Movie Yvonne Rainer 16mm/1966/5:00
YVONNE RAINER is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and co-founder, in 1962, of the highly influential Judson Dance Theater in New York. Her Film About A Woman Who... (1974) drew attention to the place of women in a male-dominated society. Later films, such as Privilege (1990), have continued this theme, with treatments of menopause and aging, breast cancer, and homosexuality. They repeatedly demonstrate Rainer’s belief in the importance of presenting the female body and the female voice through the critical and self-identifying eye of the female artist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvonne_Rainer
3 Rabbit Run Wrake Video/2005/8:30
RUN WRAKE was born on November 24, 1963 in Yemen as John Wrake. Run worked as a freelance animator after graduating from the Animation MA course at the Royal College of Art in 1990. He produced several self-financed short films alongside commercials, titles, and music videos, notably for Howie B, U2 and The Charlatans. For many years he contributed regular illustrations to NME magazine. He died on October 21, 2012 in Ashford, Kent, England. http://animateprojects.org/films/byartist/w/rwrake#sthash.iV3IoYuk.dpuf
4 Neither a winding nor an unwinding Jenny Perlin 16mm/2010/4:40
JENNY PERLIN is known for her films, videos, installations, and drawings. Her projects draw on her interests in history, cultural studies, literature and linguistics. Working with and against the documentary tradition, her films incorporate innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and both personal and collective history. http://www.nilrep.net/
5 Cunnilingus in North Korea Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries Flash animation/2003
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (장영혜중공업) is a Seoul-based Web art group is a consisting of Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge. The group formed in 1999. Young-Hae Chang, is a Korean artist and translator with a Ph.D in aesthetics. Marc Voge is an American poet who lives in Seoul. http://www.yhchang.com/
6 beaverskullmagickmaster Steve Reinke video/2010/6:00
"REINKE is so skilled and at ease with the video medium that he seems to have no fear or hesitation addressing just about any topic that human beings might get tangled in, from sex and evermore bizarre rituals of attraction and betrayal through to some of the most frivolous but poignant obsessions and self-delusions that people indulge in to keep despair or boredom at bay."--Ross Gibson, How Photographs Are Stored in the Brain. blog, www.fennelplunger.com http://www.myrectumisnotagrave.com
7 The Laughing Song Allen Ginsberg, etc. Audio/1979/1:25
ALLEN GINSBERG (born Irwin Allen Ginsberg) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation. http://www.allenginsberg.org/
8 small lies, Big Truth Shelly Silver Super 8/1999/18:48
"Quoting from the established genres of experimental, documentary, and fiction film and television, Silver’s work is funny, poetic and formally beautiful, seducing the viewer into pondering such difficult issues as the cracks in our common assumptions and the ambivalent yet overwhelming need to belong—to a family, nation, gender, or ideology. Exploring the seduction and repulsion of voyeurism, Silver’s work elicits equal amounts of pleasure and discomfort." Video Data Bank http://www.shellysilver.com
9 Mr. Woodie's Goodies (#1) Doug Skinner & Michael Smith 16mm/1992/2:35
MICHAEL SMITH is a performance artist based in New York and Austin Texas. In the 1980’s he was perceived as ‘the quirky Ed Sullivan’ of the time. He is best known for his performance persona named Mike, an innocent character who continually falls victim to trends and fashions. http://www.eai.org/artistTitles.htm?id=316
DOUG SKINNER is an American composer, writer, actor, lecturer, speaker, ventriloquist and writer.
10 Boy / Analysis: An abridgement of Melanie Klein’s “Narrative of a Child Analysis” Steve Reinke Video/2009/5:30
11 artificial treatment Gretchen Bender audio/1988/2:47
GRETCHEN BENDER was a pioneering video artist who worked most often with popular media. http://bombsite.com/issues/18/articles/844
12 Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas Audio/1951/1:34
DYLAN MARLAIS THOMAS was a Welsh poet and writer http://www.dylanthomas.com/
13 mankind : creature Shelly Silver Video/1:09/2014
SHELLY SILVER, is a New York based video artist and filmmaker. She is your mistress of ceremonies in absentia.
running time: 59:30 (approx)