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video 2010 PART IV: white on white: a random thriller [alpha]

Momenta Art
359 Bedford Avenue, between S. 4th and S. 5th, 718-218-8058
February 18 - March 1, 2010
Reception: Sunday, February 21, 3 - 5 PM
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In lieu of a traditional opening, join us this Sunday Feb 21 at 3 PM for a conversation about white on white with artist Eve Sussman along with Kevin Messman, editor; Jeff Garneau, code writer; and Jeff Wood, actor/writer – moderated by Jonathan T.D. Neil (Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York, Editor-at-Large for ArtReview magazine, and co-founder of the private curatorial firm, Boyd Level LLC).

This artist talk will be on the occasion of the fourth and final installment of Momenta Art’s winter video season, video 2010. From today (Feb. 18) through March 1st, the gallery will act as the black box testing site for an “alpha version” of White on White [a random thriller] by Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation. The video is powered by custom-built randomizing software that edits the film in real time culled from a server loaded with hundreds of clips. The movie therefore has no clear beginning, middle or end and never repeats the same way twice. The code delivers juxtapositions that are new and surprising so that every viewing is a different experience. This is an experimental film, shot primarily in post-soviet Central Asia, being produced simultaneously as an episodic mini-TV series, a feature film, and a randomized movie in which the narrative is determined via computer code. This on-going cinematic experiment continues its study of extremes, utopia, and desire – couched in a vernacular of nouvelle vague noir and futuristic fantasies.

Eve Sussman is an artist whose primary medium is motion pictures. She has also been known to build things. Her most recent exhibition, Yuri’s Office, presented an exact replica of Yuri Gargarin’s office – the first man in space – for an exhibition at Winkleman Gallery in May 2009. Together with Rufus Corporation, the ad hoc think tank that she founded in 2003, Sussman produced 89 seconds at Alcazar and The Rape of the Sabine Women. Sussman is currently developing Smarter than God, a 5 screen video work based on the Lehman bankruptcy and the AIG bailout. Her work has been supported in part by: Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Time, CeC Arts Link, the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
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