“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.”
The 91st and final show at Pratt. “Curator Astria Suparak leaves Pratt with a bang.” – Village Voice
Julie Zando, Jennet Thomas, Bjorn Melhus, Cathy Cook
Self-reflexivity and the rites of passage.
Rarely seen optical work from the German collective SELEKTION and videos by American artists working with avant-garde musicians in the early 1980s.
“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
Freebasing TeleVision culture. Videos by Alex Bag, Michel Auder, Jennifer Reeder, Animal Charm, Maura Jasper.
Unconventional narratives by John Baldessari, Katherin Resetarits, Hollis Frampton.
(Performance) Anxiety, ambivalence, anticipation.
kinetics + chemistry + progress.
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.
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
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.
Conceptual, performance-based and seminal videotapes from the 1970s with an emphasis on language, contrasted by recent work by Zhuang Huan, who does radical, often painful actions in silence.
Recent experimental films from The Netherlands and Austria.
“This program includes some of the most intriguing recent and historical works [of found footage collage films]” – The Village Voice
A rare screening of films by experimental composer Kagel + “Peggy and Fred in Hell is one of the strangest cinematic artifacts of the last 20 years, revealing the abuses of history and innocence in the face of catastrophe…”
Alexander Calder, The Wooster Group, Peter Greenaway
Chantal Akerman’s first film from age 18 and Sadie Benning’s newest video.
(full-figured films). Elliptical narratives, repetition, and other round things.