Category Archives: .

/ .

Video Pool reviews Let’s Get Tested

“Astria Suparak’s performance […] brilliantly set up the themes of the program. Let’s Get Tested explores the schism between the methodology of science and foible-filled humanness. For the most part, the tapes affirm the value of the ineffable and the elusive: immeasurable phenomena such as playfulness and pleasure. […] Let’s hope that Suparak continues with her zealotry, criss-crossing the globe as a present-day video prophet”

/ .

Video Pool reviews Let’s Get Tested

“Astria Suparak’s performance […] brilliantly set up the themes of the program. Let’s Get Tested explores the schism between the methodology of science and foible-filled humanness. For the most part, the tapes affirm the value of the ineffable and the elusive: immeasurable phenomena such as playfulness and pleasure. […] Let’s hope that Suparak continues with her zealotry, criss-crossing the globe as a present-day video prophet”

Outer Space by Peter Tscherkassky
/ .

TROUBLE: Hollywood viewed by the avant-garde cinema

TROUBLE was created to accompany the exhibition, Richard Kerr’s Industry at La Cinematheque quebecoise.

Outer Space by Peter Tscherkassky
/ .

TROUBLE: Hollywood viewed by the avant-garde cinema

TROUBLE was created to accompany the exhibition, Richard Kerr’s Industry at La Cinematheque quebecoise.

/ .

HOW TO BE A CANADIAN

Utilizing artistic (re)enactment, telepathetic aesthetics, manual animation, performance and a grab bag of low-end high technologies, these videos question traditional representations of (Canadian) identity and gender.

/ .

HOW TO BE A CANADIAN

Utilizing artistic (re)enactment, telepathetic aesthetics, manual animation, performance and a grab bag of low-end high technologies, these videos question traditional representations of (Canadian) identity and gender.

“The Claw” by Chadwick Rantanen
/ .

ELUSIVE QUALITY

This touring program champions the realities of failure in relation to fantasies of athletic, sexual, and political mastery. Together, the works make for a powerful aesthetic of the undone.

“The Claw” by Chadwick Rantanen
/ .

ELUSIVE QUALITY

This touring program champions the realities of failure in relation to fantasies of athletic, sexual, and political mastery. Together, the works make for a powerful aesthetic of the undone.

/ .

WHAT IS SEX?

Research project that captures the conflicting ideas, fears, and hopes about sex from the early 21st century.

/ .

WHAT IS SEX?

Research project that captures the conflicting ideas, fears, and hopes about sex from the early 21st century.

Let's get tested
/ .

LET’S GET TESTED

Playfully adapting public space into personal games, these makers look at architecture, videogames, biology, schoolwork, history and even their own memories with fresh eyes and twitchy fingers. Often sincere, sometimes willfully naive, they project a new optimism and the ability to self-amuse and re-imagine.

Let's get tested
/ .

LET’S GET TESTED

Playfully adapting public space into personal games, these makers look at architecture, videogames, biology, schoolwork, history and even their own memories with fresh eyes and twitchy fingers. Often sincere, sometimes willfully naive, they project a new optimism and the ability to self-amuse and re-imagine.

/ .

RES profile on Suparak: “Programmed to Stun”

“What she really wanted to do was blow the minds of viewers with unctuous erotica, politically motivated old school avant-garde retorts, hyperbolic tales, and, well, all the great stuff that hardly anybody shows anymore, much less puts together with loving attention to aesthetic nuance and fertile, thematic collision. Noting that part of her project entails seducing viewers to witness unconventional works, she also helps foment a network of artists and like-minded exhibitors.”

/ .

RES profile on Suparak: “Programmed to Stun”

“What she really wanted to do was blow the minds of viewers with unctuous erotica, politically motivated old school avant-garde retorts, hyperbolic tales, and, well, all the great stuff that hardly anybody shows anymore, much less puts together with loving attention to aesthetic nuance and fertile, thematic collision. Noting that part of her project entails seducing viewers to witness unconventional works, she also helps foment a network of artists and like-minded exhibitors.”

/ .

LTTR #2: LISTEN TRANSLATE TRANSLATE RECORD

Issue #2 of the feminist art journal LTTR, whose contents “do not conform easily to categories, and often blur the lines between art, criticism, and fiction” – Artforum

/ .

LTTR #2: LISTEN TRANSLATE TRANSLATE RECORD

Issue #2 of the feminist art journal LTTR, whose contents “do not conform easily to categories, and often blur the lines between art, criticism, and fiction” – Artforum

/ .

The Independent profile on Suparak: “Experimental media curator as rock star”

“At age twenty-four, Astria Suparak has already invented an unstoppable experimental film enterprise. As curator-on-wheels, she is aggressively building sexy niches for visceral and demanding new films and videos by cutting edge artists from around the world, who may seem freaky or misplaced in traditional art or film world contexts.”

/ .

The Independent profile on Suparak: “Experimental media curator as rock star”

“At age twenty-four, Astria Suparak has already invented an unstoppable experimental film enterprise. As curator-on-wheels, she is aggressively building sexy niches for visceral and demanding new films and videos by cutting edge artists from around the world, who may seem freaky or misplaced in traditional art or film world contexts.”

/ .

LA Weekly reviews Looking is Better than Feeling you

“Suparak’s terrific show will set straight anyone who thinks that women’s media is on the wane.”

/ .

LA Weekly reviews Looking is Better than Feeling you

“Suparak’s terrific show will set straight anyone who thinks that women’s media is on the wane.”

/ .

Art Voice on Looking Is Better Than Feeling You

“These works address ideas of looking – of the pleasures and intimidating powers of The Gaze – in subtle ways. These artists are asking questions that cannot and will not be answered by manifestoes; they are forcing the viewer to look, and to look at them and their lives.”

/ .

Art Voice on Looking Is Better Than Feeling You

“These works address ideas of looking – of the pleasures and intimidating powers of The Gaze – in subtle ways. These artists are asking questions that cannot and will not be answered by manifestoes; they are forcing the viewer to look, and to look at them and their lives.”

"RECEIVER" by Jon Leone
/ .

ADOLESCENT BOYS, AND LIVING ROOMS

These audios + videos are forcibly lonely and nihilistically sweet. They’ll pin you down and slowly drip spit on you, whether you’re practicing crossovers on a suburban driveway or pile-drivers in a backyard wrestling ring. I’ve got the moves if you’ve got the skills (together we could make a great team).

"RECEIVER" by Jon Leone
/ .

ADOLESCENT BOYS, AND LIVING ROOMS

These audios + videos are forcibly lonely and nihilistically sweet. They’ll pin you down and slowly drip spit on you, whether you’re practicing crossovers on a suburban driveway or pile-drivers in a backyard wrestling ring. I’ve got the moves if you’ve got the skills (together we could make a great team).

Looking is better than feeling you tour poster
/ .

LOOKING IS BETTER THAN FEELING YOU

With an irreverence for punk rockers, adults like parents and politicians, non-adults like breasts and babies, and people we generally approve of such as artists and scientists, these works reveal that posers are sometimes better than the real thing.

Looking is better than feeling you tour poster
/ .

LOOKING IS BETTER THAN FEELING YOU

With an irreverence for punk rockers, adults like parents and politicians, non-adults like breasts and babies, and people we generally approve of such as artists and scientists, these works reveal that posers are sometimes better than the real thing.

/ .

New Times on Dirges & Sturgeons

“The champion of this raw, creative art form is Astria Suparak, a New York-based film curator who’s on a tour”

/ .

New Times on Dirges & Sturgeons

“The champion of this raw, creative art form is Astria Suparak, a New York-based film curator who’s on a tour”

/ .

The Statesman on Looking Is Better

“Some of the biggest names in contemporary performance and video art celebrate women acting up and acting out in Looking Is Better Than Feeling You”

/ .

The Statesman on Looking Is Better

“Some of the biggest names in contemporary performance and video art celebrate women acting up and acting out in Looking Is Better Than Feeling You”

/ .

Telerama feature on microcinemas and Suparak

“A l’avant-garde de cette scène bouillonnante s’imposent des figures hybrides, comme la jeune et jolie Astria Suparak. Pour les programmes de courts métrages ou de vidéos qu’elle choisit et assemble, la New-Yorkaise de Brooklyn va chercher le public là où il se trouve, dans les musées ou dans les clubs, les cafés ou les discothèques.”

/ .

Telerama feature on microcinemas and Suparak

“A l’avant-garde de cette scène bouillonnante s’imposent des figures hybrides, comme la jeune et jolie Astria Suparak. Pour les programmes de courts métrages ou de vidéos qu’elle choisit et assemble, la New-Yorkaise de Brooklyn va chercher le public là où il se trouve, dans les musées ou dans les clubs, les cafés ou les discothèques.”

/ .

The Independent profile on Suparak: “A New Romantic T.V. Sound”

“At age twenty-four Astria has curated all over the U.S. and Europe, testing out new programs at NY’s best venues and then touring with them like a kid with a band. She comes to you: museums and galleries, universities, independent/underground film festivals and micro-cinemas, as well as public places like bars, community centers, and living rooms.” – Miranda July

/ .

The Independent profile on Suparak: “A New Romantic T.V. Sound”

“At age twenty-four Astria has curated all over the U.S. and Europe, testing out new programs at NY’s best venues and then touring with them like a kid with a band. She comes to you: museums and galleries, universities, independent/underground film festivals and micro-cinemas, as well as public places like bars, community centers, and living rooms.” – Miranda July

/ .

The Independent reviews Keep In Touch!

“…the curators’ gossamer touch with heavyweight artists and themes.”

/ .

The Independent reviews Keep In Touch!

“…the curators’ gossamer touch with heavyweight artists and themes.”

/ .

SF Bay Guardian on Dirges & Sturgeons

“Playful laments indeed, these new works use lo-fi aesthetics to critique high technology and mass-produced culture.”

/ .

SF Bay Guardian on Dirges & Sturgeons

“Playful laments indeed, these new works use lo-fi aesthetics to critique high technology and mass-produced culture.”

"Triumf" by Seth Price
/ .

KEEP IN TOUCH!

These works are brazenly aware of their own representation, those fake gestures symbolizing love, and the self-proclaimed identity of Art. On the other hand, this is a Science Fair. We’re interested in breeding and practicing our (dance) moves until perfection is reached, and by golly you’re either with us or against us. Young people, always forward!

"Triumf" by Seth Price
/ .

KEEP IN TOUCH!

These works are brazenly aware of their own representation, those fake gestures symbolizing love, and the self-proclaimed identity of Art. On the other hand, this is a Science Fair. We’re interested in breeding and practicing our (dance) moves until perfection is reached, and by golly you’re either with us or against us. Young people, always forward!

Dirges and Sturgeons poster
/ .

DIRGES & STURGEONS

YACHT: Young Artists Challenge High Technology (for a Total eclipse of the heart). These new videos from America and Europe have tying threads of: the use of high (?) technology or the idea of “future” in a lo fi way, dopplegang/replication, instant nostalgia as the residue of planned obsolescence, states of limbo. High and low (fidelity and culture).

Dirges and Sturgeons poster
/ .

DIRGES & STURGEONS

YACHT: Young Artists Challenge High Technology (for a Total eclipse of the heart). These new videos from America and Europe have tying threads of: the use of high (?) technology or the idea of “future” in a lo fi way, dopplegang/replication, instant nostalgia as the residue of planned obsolescence, states of limbo. High and low (fidelity and culture).

/ .

Shakenstir review of Boxhead Ensemble

“Compelling, magnetic, perfectly imperfect. This is performance art at the cutting edge but eminently accessible and personal. It is relevant, it is wonderful.”

/ .

Shakenstir review of Boxhead Ensemble

“Compelling, magnetic, perfectly imperfect. This is performance art at the cutting edge but eminently accessible and personal. It is relevant, it is wonderful.”

Boxhead Ensemble tour poster
/ .

THE BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE: Stories, Maps and Notes from the Half-Light

Musicians improvise live to an international program of new short films on a six-country tour.

Boxhead Ensemble tour poster
/ .

THE BOXHEAD ENSEMBLE: Stories, Maps and Notes from the Half-Light

Musicians improvise live to an international program of new short films on a six-country tour.

/ .

Kurtzfilmmagazin on Dirges & Sturgeons

“Following the resounding success of her programme at the Anthology Film Archives (NYC), curator Astria Suparak is now taking Dirges and Sturgeons on a tour of five American cities. In New York the programme… received accolades from both filmmakers and the press.”

/ .

Kurtzfilmmagazin on Dirges & Sturgeons

“Following the resounding success of her programme at the Anthology Film Archives (NYC), curator Astria Suparak is now taking Dirges and Sturgeons on a tour of five American cities. In New York the programme… received accolades from both filmmakers and the press.”

/ .

Cashiers du Cinemart reviews A New Romantic T.V. Sound

“Peripatetic curator-at-large Astria Suparak presented an excellent program of ephemeral and often willfully hermetic short films and videos titled A New Romantic TV Sound.”

/ .

Cashiers du Cinemart reviews A New Romantic T.V. Sound

“Peripatetic curator-at-large Astria Suparak presented an excellent program of ephemeral and often willfully hermetic short films and videos titled A New Romantic TV Sound.”

/ .

The Stranger reviews Broken Music

“strong of theme, and a must for visual music fanatics.”

/ .

The Stranger reviews Broken Music

“strong of theme, and a must for visual music fanatics.”

/ .

BUST on Some Kind of Loving

“If you have any interest at all in women in film and video today, you should definitely get this tape.”

/ .

BUST on Some Kind of Loving

“If you have any interest at all in women in film and video today, you should definitely get this tape.”

/ .

A NEW ROMANTIC T.V. SOUND

Video art, experimental film, and audio composition with an art-school edge, reinventions of 1960s body/performance art and 1980s New Wave aloofness.

/ .

A NEW ROMANTIC T.V. SOUND

Video art, experimental film, and audio composition with an art-school edge, reinventions of 1960s body/performance art and 1980s New Wave aloofness.

/ .

RES reviews Some Kind of Loving

“An appealing anti-aesthetic. Coarse and scruffy, yes, but also very hot, in a weird sort of way.”

/ .

RES reviews Some Kind of Loving

“An appealing anti-aesthetic. Coarse and scruffy, yes, but also very hot, in a weird sort of way.”

/ .

Village Voice

“Peripatetic curator Astria Suparak has an eye for the strange and ineffable.”

/ .

Village Voice

“Peripatetic curator Astria Suparak has an eye for the strange and ineffable.”

/ .

New York Press on the underground cinema scene

“Suparak[‘s screenings were] spun with a superlative curatorial taste that combined a savvy political consciousness and sexy indie-rock-style showmanship without ever losing crucial nerd cred.”

/ .

New York Press on the underground cinema scene

“Suparak[‘s screenings were] spun with a superlative curatorial taste that combined a savvy political consciousness and sexy indie-rock-style showmanship without ever losing crucial nerd cred.”

/ .

DIVE-IN MOVIES: MoMA PS1 Summer Film Series

Held outdoors on PS1’s urban beach, Dive-in Movies is a technicolored summer of star-gazing, subversive silver screen myths, love notes from the underground, and 3-D creatures that only come out at night.

/ .

DIVE-IN MOVIES: MoMA PS1 Summer Film Series

Held outdoors on PS1’s urban beach, Dive-in Movies is a technicolored summer of star-gazing, subversive silver screen myths, love notes from the underground, and 3-D creatures that only come out at night.

/ .

Other Writing

Publications and publishers include: NY Arts Magazine, CEPA Gallery, Concordia University, Fusebox Festival, Heeb Magazine, Offscreen Film Journal, Wolfman Books

/ .

Other Writing

Publications and publishers include: NY Arts Magazine, CEPA Gallery, Concordia University, Fusebox Festival, Heeb Magazine, Offscreen Film Journal, Wolfman Books

/ .

SOME KIND OF LOVING

This videotape compilation explores sexuality from its formulation in childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, referencing psychoanalytic theory as easily as pop culture.

/ .

SOME KIND OF LOVING

This videotape compilation explores sexuality from its formulation in childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, referencing psychoanalytic theory as easily as pop culture.

"Flight" by Greta SNIDER
/ .

#91: LAST DANCE, LAST CHANCE

The 91st and final show at Pratt. “Curator Astria Suparak leaves Pratt with a bang.” – Village Voice

"Flight" by Greta SNIDER
/ .

#91: LAST DANCE, LAST CHANCE

The 91st and final show at Pratt. “Curator Astria Suparak leaves Pratt with a bang.” – Village Voice

"No Sunshine" by Bjorn Melhus
/ .

Camp, Fire

Julie Zando, Jennet Thomas, Bjorn Melhus, Cathy Cook

"No Sunshine" by Bjorn Melhus
/ .

Camp, Fire

Julie Zando, Jennet Thomas, Bjorn Melhus, Cathy Cook

/ .

Recital

Self-reflexivity and the rites of passage.

/ .

Recital

Self-reflexivity and the rites of passage.

/ .

{Re:soundings}

Rarely seen optical work from the German collective SELEKTION and videos by American artists working with avant-garde musicians in the early 1980s.

/ .

{Re:soundings}

Rarely seen optical work from the German collective SELEKTION and videos by American artists working with avant-garde musicians in the early 1980s.

/ .

Chicago Reader on Broken Music

“New York film curator Astria Suparak assembled this wonderful program of videos on experimental music in which a variety of artists put familiar instruments and objects to unusual uses, showing that the seen world is alive with sonic possibilities.”

/ .

Chicago Reader on Broken Music

“New York film curator Astria Suparak assembled this wonderful program of videos on experimental music in which a variety of artists put familiar instruments and objects to unusual uses, showing that the seen world is alive with sonic possibilities.”

/ .

Dark Into Dark

“Video is used by Vito Acconci, Charlemagne Palestine, and Tony Oursler as a medium for investigating and exhibiting obsession, trauma, and need for control.” – Village Voice

/ .

Dark Into Dark

“Video is used by Vito Acconci, Charlemagne Palestine, and Tony Oursler as a medium for investigating and exhibiting obsession, trauma, and need for control.” – Village Voice

"Sincerely, Joe P. Bear" by Matt McCormick
/ .

SEX ON THE FRITZ

Dis-ease and uncomfort within desire.

"Sincerely, Joe P. Bear" by Matt McCormick
/ .

SEX ON THE FRITZ

Dis-ease and uncomfort within desire.

/ .

Village Voice panel on experimental film resurgence in NYC

“A particular mode of filmmaking has begun to flourish again in New York, fueled by young enthusiasts and newcomers… We asked a number of knowledgeable parties to discuss the current scene”

/ .

Village Voice panel on experimental film resurgence in NYC

“A particular mode of filmmaking has begun to flourish again in New York, fueled by young enthusiasts and newcomers… We asked a number of knowledgeable parties to discuss the current scene”

"Untitled (Project for The Andy Warhol Museum)" by Alex Bag
/ .

TV/Voyeur

Freebasing TeleVision culture. Videos by Alex Bag, Michel Auder, Jennifer Reeder, Animal Charm, Maura Jasper.

"Untitled (Project for The Andy Warhol Museum)" by Alex Bag
/ .

TV/Voyeur

Freebasing TeleVision culture. Videos by Alex Bag, Michel Auder, Jennifer Reeder, Animal Charm, Maura Jasper.

/ .

VERTIGO-GO with WFMU

The 9-hours event included film and light installations, live film and music performances, and curated programs of film and video.

/ .

VERTIGO-GO with WFMU

The 9-hours event included film and light installations, live film and music performances, and curated programs of film and video.

/ .

REPORT

Unconventional narratives by John Baldessari, Katherin Resetarits, Hollis Frampton.

/ .

REPORT

Unconventional narratives by John Baldessari, Katherin Resetarits, Hollis Frampton.

/ .

SEXUALITY MALFUNCTIONED

(Performance) Anxiety, ambivalence, anticipation.

/ .

SEXUALITY MALFUNCTIONED

(Performance) Anxiety, ambivalence, anticipation.

/ .

CAUSE/FFECT

kinetics + chemistry + progress.

/ .

CAUSE/FFECT

kinetics + chemistry + progress.

/ .

Paint It Black

An evening of dark films and videos. Optical printing and video manipulation create dense layers of nausea. Meditations on media and culture. The use of technology for subversive purposes. Dis-ease.

/ .

Paint It Black

An evening of dark films and videos. Optical printing and video manipulation create dense layers of nausea. Meditations on media and culture. The use of technology for subversive purposes. Dis-ease.

/ .

On: location

Films about places and site-specific actions, investigations and de-constructions. “Astria Suparak has cleverly curated a program of films that focus on landscapes and cityscapes.” – The Village Voice

/ .

On: location

Films about places and site-specific actions, investigations and de-constructions. “Astria Suparak has cleverly curated a program of films that focus on landscapes and cityscapes.” – The Village Voice

Broken Music poster
/ .

BROKEN MUSIC

Musical instruments are destroyed and technology is applied in peculiar ways. These de- compositions are made for video by both contemporary and historical figures, with a nod to Jimi Hendrix and the Fluxus movement.

Broken Music poster
/ .

BROKEN MUSIC

Musical instruments are destroyed and technology is applied in peculiar ways. These de- compositions are made for video by both contemporary and historical figures, with a nod to Jimi Hendrix and the Fluxus movement.