January 10, 2008, Western Michigan University’s James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts (Richmond Center), will begin 2 video screening programs. The first is called 17 days and the other is Plus 3 Ferris Wheels.
Sylvie Bélanger. Dé_Libération
17 days is a video screening series where 17 days have been chosen between January and April 2008 and paired with 17 artists who make video art. One artist’s video work per selected day will play continuously and simultaneously on both of the 52” plasma screens, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, located at the front entrance of the Richmond Center for Visual Art.
17 days will begin on January 10, 2008 with Dietmar Krumrey’s video Give and Take. Give and Take, like Krumrey’s past video performances center around one person, Krumrey himself, dressed in shirt and tie, as well as expensive shoes. Krumrey engages in absurd and exhausting behaviour for 1 hour at a time. In the case of Give and Take, Krumrey appears in the video beating the waves of Northern Michigan’s waters with a giant stick. Krumrey’s signature clock appears on the beach as a marker of the passing time and endurance, which unfolds as a metaphor for communication.
The artists included in 17 days are: Sylvie Bélanger (Toronto Canada), Tammy Renée Brackett (Hornell New York), Christopher Coleman (Denver Colorado), Roderick Coover (Philadelphia Pennsylvania), Johnathan Franco (Lisbon Portugal), Courtney Grim (Buffalo New York), Deborah Jack (Jersey City New Jersey), Dietmar Krumrey (Mt. Pleasant Michigan), Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli (New York New York), Stephanie Lempert (New York New York), Laleh Mehran (Denver Colorado), Lydia Moyer (Covesville Virginia), Joe Nanashe (Brooklyn New York), David Poolman (Toronto Canada), Myriam Thyes (Düsseldorf Germany) Ling-Wen Tsai (Portland Maine) and Vagner Whitehead (Detroit Michigan)
Valerie Brodar. The Fragileness of Bone, 2007
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels is a curated video loop that will feature 25 videos by 26 artists, including 3 photography and Intermedia students here at Western. Unlike the last video loop in the spring of 2007, Ritual and Repetition, the submissions were not restricted to a theme within the work. The name of this video loop was inspired by 3 of the chosen videos, which each contained a Ferris Wheel somewhere within the video. The 3 videos were very different works and this was only realized after the work was selected. Plus 3 Ferris Wheels was curated from an international open call for video.
The selected artists for Plus 3 Ferris Wheels are: Dave Ball (London United Kingdom), Megan Berner (Iowa City Iowa), Valerie A. Brodar (Colorado Springs Colorado), Anna Campbell (Grand Rapids Michigan), Jenna Caschera (Kalamazoo Michigan), Christopher Cassidy (Greensboro North Carolina), Brian DeLevie (Denver Colorado), Celeste Fichter (Brooklyn New York), Michael Gamble (Gallup New Mexico), Matthew Garrison (Downingtown Pennsylvania), Jodi Hays (Nashville Tennessee), Daniel Kariko (Tallahassee Florida), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Miami Florida), Karie Kupier (Kalamazoo Michigan), Ron Lambert (Andover New York), Brian Lauch / Petra Pokos (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania / Ljubljana Slovenia), Gary Lindgren (Somerset New Jersey), Lucinda Luvaas (Hemet California), Lilianne Milgrom (Fairfax Virginia), Esther Maria Probst (Syracuse New York), Blake Shirley (Manchester Connecticut), Evelin Stermitz (Austria/Slovenia), Heather Strattion (Kalamazoo Michigan), Thanh Van Vo (Muncie Indiana) and Vonda Yarberry (Springfield Missouri).
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels will be screened continuously for 4 days, February 25 – 28, 2008 on the plasma screens at the entrance of the Richmond Center.
Both 17 days and Plus 3 Ferris Wheels were curated by Adriane Little, Assistant Professor of Photography & Intermedia, in cooperation with Don Desmett, director and curator of the new gallery suite at the Richmond Center.
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