“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
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.”
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
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.
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).
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.
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.