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The Video Art and New Media Lounge

Exhibition Hall

location: 1275 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Media Lounge Dates and Hours
Friday, October 12th 6pm-11Pm
Saturday, October 13th 11am-11PM
Sunday, October 14th from 11am-6PM


Fall, still, Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey

The Exhibition Hall features artists working in both video and new media technologies. In the spirit of the festival at large, many of the artists in this exhibition reference traditional art mediums in their work. The history and formal practices of painting, photography, sculpture and performance abound within the walls of this hall. Some artists toy with parallel mediums such as Kim Collmer’s video projection “Pin-Up” referencing fashion photography, while others lavishly borrow formal techniques such as the painterly deployment of color, light and texture in Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey’s “Fall”. The artists in this exhibition deploy technology in their process, while, conceptually, they tap themes that are timeless: memory, identity, connectedness, formalism, culture and politics.

P1, Featured Artist Kurt Hentschlager, New York/Chicago based Austrian, 23:00 long, a high definition 16:9 video, one in a series. Contemplative in nature and about nature. Kurt Hentschläger creates audiovisual compositions in which audio and video actuate one another. The immersive nature of his work reflects on the metaphor of the sublime.

Apple, Featured artist Carole Kim, Korea/USA, single channel video, 3:35, loop. An unsentimental and powerful look at nostalgia and memory. Carole Kim is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on performance-based video installation combining digital/new media technologies and the sensitivity of the improvisational live performer/participant. A collection of her works will be screened in the screening room on each day of the festival. The work emphasizes video’s capacity as a live medium and the illusory architecture of layered video projection in space.

(The Dynamics of the Physical) Embodiment of Desire, Adam Chapman, NY, 2006, Generative Video Installation. Custom Software & Display. Diagram of the Dynamics of the Physical Embodiment of Desire, is a generative video installation about the tension within the experience of anticipation. The piece models the movement and dynamics of water rolling down a windowpane.

Pin Up, Kim Collmer, Filmed at Subart, Croatia, 7:20 minutes, color no sound, 13 Photographs.The Pin Ups features portraits based upon "beach pin up photography". Each still pose captures multiple moments, gives pause for reflection, recognizes the gaze of the viewer and the viewed. Pockets of time are held within each frame, its construction enhanced through a quiet yet very alive image.

Self, Robert Ladislas Derr, 23" x 30" video projection of the artist’s contemplation in front of a tombstone and 23" x 30" color photograph of a moment of contemplation. It illustrates the dichotomy behind the theory of self. In Self, the photograph illustrates the modernist myth of the author undeterred by cultural and social situations. In the video, there exists an oscillation between the self and death of the author. The artist questions the polarity between the modernist and post-modernist concepts of self.

Memory and desire stirring, Andrew Hicks, real-time digital composition. This piece combines computer programming, game theory, and photography to create an ongoing real time composition. Image clips compete for space on the screen. The winning images stay on screen and compose an image over 3 rounds. The two images engage each other by running the Prisoner's Dilemma iteratively until one image has won the round. This piece cites T.S. Elliot's “The Waste Land”, and posits it as a valid, contemporary reference, not only in content, but also in form. The work proposes a poetic yet relevant model of consciousness as one suspended between past and future.

Fall, Robyn Voshardt and Sven Humphrey, single channel video. This meditative yet ominous footage came from a rural area in Nova Scotia on the brinks of over development. A branch from a 150-year-old apple tree is the focus of this extreme view of nature and the elements. Though the video presents an isolated view, the title suggests civilization’s broader impact on the environment.

Breath In Between, Eun Sun Lee, Korea/Chicago, 4 channel video projection. In Breathe In between, people’s heads constantly submerge and emerge from water in synchronicity, a union of fluid inhaling and exhaling. Breathe In Between is a study of the vitality between people and the abstract expression of the artist’s thoughts on the relationship between people. By creating an uncertain situation and using very ordinary movements and body images, the artist attempts to capture the essential and sensual energies of people.

Convergence, Luftwerk (Petra Bachmaier and Sean M Gallero, The moment of meeting one's self. Each person chooses a place, a landscape, a street to walk, a location where one escapes, contemplates or finds simple pleasures. In Convergence, four people search for such a place, in a solitary walk or action, blurring the point where one starts and where one ends, creating a path of self-convergence. Luftwerk is an artist collaboration creating site-specific multimedia installations that manipulate space. In their work, Bachmaier and Gallero attempt to represent a convergence of ideas and themes through the use of audio, visual and sensory elements.

Window Multi Media Installation, Galina Schevchenko, Russia/USA, Galina animates by layering her drawings with photographs and video footage. The pieces are breathtaking and sumptuous.

"Life isn't bliss. Life is just this. It's living." Stacia Yeapanis, video, is part of “My Life as a Sim” is an ongoing umbrella project for all Yeapanis’ work which uses the popular computer game The Sims 2* as a medium in making art. In playing the game, she explores the multiplicity of meanings that can be made from a single cultural product.

Digital prints by Igloo a British artist collective who showed at this year’s 52 Venice Biennale.