Another event that you all may be interested in. Perhaps we can arrange a class visit on Thursday Feb 16th?
Shifters proposes new means of engagement with public space in cities as diverse as Guadalajara, Cairo, Novi Sad, and Austin. Like the pronouns “I, you, we,” which shift depending on the person who is speaking, the title suggests relational shifts in the grammar of cities. Deploying strategies in video that range from music and fantasy to documentation, these artists’ practices also operate on an intimate scale in relation to larger urban dynamics.
In Touching from a Distance, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere employ music to alter the unspoken rules of conduct in public space by commissioning a mariachi band to adapt Joy Division’s Transmission for performance in the Plaza of Liberation in Guadalajara. In a more fantastical vein, the rhythm of meditative narration and images of the streets and buildings of Cairo in Hala Elkoussy’s videos tell stories of women in search of a sense of belonging in the city, which is continually undergoing transition. Using a documentary mode the activist artists kuda.org ruminate on the future possibilities for an abandoned military structure in their city of Novi Sad, Serbia.
Exhibition on view through Sat, Feb 18
365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)
New York, NY 10016
Artists: Hala Elkoussy, kuda.org, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere
Curator: Katherine Carl