Saturday, December 9, 2017
Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and Art in General present After Effects, featuring recent video works by contemporary artists in an attempt to consider the landscape of technology as an active agent in the production of our subjectivity. The screening includes work by: Zach Blas, Tyler Coburn, João Enxuto, Erica Love, Pedro Neves Marques, Wyatt Niehaus, Elizabeth Orr, Sondra Perry, and Jemima Wyman.
The videos on view interrogate a wide-range of themes, everything from algorithms to affect, digital labour to decolonisation, environmental ruins to economic structures, hyperlinks to human obsolescence. When viewed together, these videos ask us to consider a dialectical tension in our current relationship to technology. While created in the name of progress to attend to our human desires, how do objects, interfaces, processes, aesthetics and norms ultimately reshape these desires, and—in turn—reshape us?
After Effects is curated by Laurel Ptak, Executive Director and Curator at Art in General in New York City and presented at Artis Cinema in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia.
Special thanks to Marika Agu, Lina Alfonso, Maria Arasoo, Marta Cacciavillani, Kaarin Kiviräh and the artists.
ZACH BLAS & JEMIMA WYMAN: IM HERE TO LEARN SO :)))))) (2017)
[Single channel, excerpted version of a four-channel video installation]
A millennial, artificial intelligence chatbot terminated after a single day of existence is resurrected to consider the politics of pattern recognition and machine learning.
TYLER COBURN: I’M THAT ANGEL (2013)
A content farmer negotiates the demand to produce trending language, and his anxieties about life in the cloud, revealing the physical infrastructure of the Internet.
JOAO ENXUTO & ERICA LOVE: INSTITUTE FOR SOUTHERN CONTEMPORARY ART (2017)
Imagine a future where contemporary art is fueled by algorithms, intensifying the soft power of speculation.
PEDRO NEVES MARQUES: DIGITAL ANIMALS: DREAM CONSEQUENCES (2017)
What does a digital archive concerning forms of life that, in the near future, will no longer exist, mean?
PEDRO NEVES MARQUES: THE PUDIC RELATION BETWEEN MACHINE AND PLANT (2016)
A robotic hand encounters a sensitive plant.
WYATT NIEHAUS: BODY ASSEMBLY: WHITE EXTERIORS (2014)
A meditation on automated manufacturing systems and shifting roles of labor and power in post-work society.
ELIZABETH ORR: MT RUSH (2016)
The activities of a park ranger as she navigates an onslaught of fundraising emails that appear in the lead up to the 2016 American presidential election.
SONDRA PERRY: IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 (2017)
Just as the theft of museum objects happened in tandem with colonization, it is possible to read virtual objects—as much as tangible ones—as a site of exploitation of black bodies.
Zach Blas is an artist, writer, and professor based in London. He holds a Ph.D from Duke University in Literature and currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. His artistic practice engages technics and minoritarian politics, most recently addressing technologies of capture, security, and control and their relationship to systems of power. Blas has exhibited his artistic work internationally, at Gasworks, London; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City. His writing is published in books and journals including: Documentary Across Disciplines (The MIT Press and Haus der Kulturen der Welt); Queer: Documents of Contemporary Art (The MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery); and e-flux journal. His work has been written about and featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Artforum and many other publications. www.zachblas.info
Tyler Coburn (b. 1983, New York) is an artist and writer based in New York. His work has been presented at South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; Kunsthalle Wien; CCA Glasgow; Western Front, Vancouver; Grazer Kunstverein; UCCA, Beijing; and Sculpture Center, New York. Coburn participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale and in the 10th Shanghai Biennale. His writing has appeared in e-flux journal, Frieze, Dis, Mousse, and Rhizome. www.tylercoburn.com
João Enxuto and Erica Love collaborate on projects about art institutions, labor conditions, and value systems shaped by recent technologies. Enxuto received an MFA in Photography from RISD and Love holds BAs from Brown University in Economics and Visual Arts and an MFA from UCLA. Enxuto and Love were awarded a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist Fellowship. Together they were fellows at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program for 2012-2013. They have given talks, written essays, and exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum of Art, the New Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Walker Art Center, Pratt Institute, Yossi Milo Gallery, Carriage Trade, Louisiana Museum in Denmark, ArtCenter/South Florida, and the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Enxuto and Love’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, Wired Magazine, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, among others. They have taught at the Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, New York University, City College, and as Ernest G. Welch Fellows at Georgia State University. Additionally they were visiting artists at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College, SOMA Summer in Mexico City, and Maumaus in Lisbon, Portugal. www.theoriginalcopy.net
Pedro Neves Marques is visual artist, filmmaker, and writer. He works with both fiction and theory to address issues in art, anthropology, and ecology. He is the editor of the anthology The Forest and the School: Where to Sit at the Dinner Table? (2015), and the author of the fiction books Morrer na América (2017) and The Integration Process (2012). His films and artwork have been shown internationally, most recently the premiere of his short-film Exterminator Seed (2017). Together with artist Mariana Silva, he runs Inhabitants, an online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting (www.inhabitants-tv.org). He was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and lives in New York. www.pedronevesmarques.com
Wyatt Niehaus is an artist living in Amsterdam and New York. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Kunstverein Braunschweig, LUMA Westbau, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. www.wyattniehaus.com
Elizabeth Orr (b. 1984, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist and filmmaker. Her work has been shown internationally, including Artists Space Books and Talks, Anthology Film Archive, Stedelijk Museum, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, Recess, ICA Philadelphia, and she has been commissioned by MOCAtv, LA and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She is part of the collaborative group NO TOTAL based at Artists Space Books & Talks. She holds an MFA with Honors from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. www.elizabethorr.net
Sondra Perry is an artist currently based in NY. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. In 2015, the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1. Other exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York; Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA; and Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media, The Camera Club of New York. Perry has performed at the Artist’s Institute, New York and her work has been screened at venues such as Les Voutes, Paris, France; Light Industry, New York; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang China; and LOOP Barcelona Media Arts Festival. www.sondraperry.com
Jemima Wyman (b.1977, Sydney) lives and works Brisbane and Los Angeles. Wyman has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Her work was included in Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2014); Direct Democracy, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2013); The Unexpected Guest, Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012); Panorama, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012); Inner Voices, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2011); The Open Day Book Exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles (2011); and The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). In 2005 CamLab was founded, a collaboration between Wyman and Anna Mayer. Since then they have exhibited and performed throughout the USA and abroad. Wyman’s recent solo exhibitions include Counterpowers, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2017); Conjouring Radical Openness, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2015); Tactical Frivolity, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2015); Effacing Power, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2013). www.jemimawyman.wordpress.com
Art in General is a nonprofit contemporary art organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. Founded in 1981 by artists, it has been a pioneering force unlike any other institution in New York City, supporting thousands of local and international artists early in their careers. Alongside Art in General’s exhibition programs that take place in New York and internationally, its public programs and publications examine critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice. Offering support that will have a lasting impact on artists remains the cornerstone of its vision and programs.
Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia (CCAE), founded in 1992, is a non-profit expert institution in international cooperation projects with a role to activate and develop Estonian contemporary art scene, conceptualizing current tendencies of visual culture and participating in a critical dialogue in society. CCAE is organizing international exhibitions, conferences, artist talks, lecture series and curatorial visits, publishes catalogues and online editorial, collecting and distributing information about Estonain contemporary art scene and has extensive video archive since 1990s giving great overview of past two decades. Since 1999 CCAE is the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and since 2016 co-commissioner of Baltic Triennial. CCAE works on collaborative projects both with local and international partners. To get an overview of our most recent activities, visit our website: www.cca.ee.
General Support of Art in General is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Special Project Support to the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Trust for Mutual Understanding.