‘running to catch a train’ – a performance by Paula Musgrove

running to catch a train (2016, 103MB, 9:07 min)

I’m gently waking DVblog up to post this extraordinary piece of work from Paula Musgrove, with videography from Yasmin Cox (both year two Art & Design students at WSD where – transparency! – I currently teach.)
The performance took place at the private view of the end of year show and the video was then inserted as is,replacing the original performance soundtrack and joining the various physical outputs of the performance to form the substantive exhibition piece ( As you can see in the poster image.)
I think it is marvellous, subtle and profoundly moving work and I hope we will all hear a good deal more from Paula over the coming years.

Nathaniel Stern & Jessica Meuninck-Ganger – Passing Between/Distill Life

The Works
The Works (2010, 15MB, 4:27 min)

Interview/Documentary (2010, 23MB, 6:38 min)

We showed some earlier footage of the work featured here last May
and waxed lyrical about it.

Now Nathaniel Stern and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger have a show at Gallery A.O.P
in Johannesburg, South Africa, opening tomorrow, and we’re delighted
to feature two videos, one of the works themselves and one of a documentary
about their making and the impulse behind them, including interviews with
Nathaniel and Jessica.
These videos are also on a DVD* which comes with the show catalogue.

Usually I fight shy of reproducing artists’ own publicity but I’m going to
break from the rule here because what they themselves say sums the pieces
up rather nicely.

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern approach both old and
new media as form.
In their “Distill Life” works, the artists permanently mount translucent
prints and drawings directly on top of video screens, creating moving
images on paper. They incorporate technologies and aesthetics from
traditional printmaking – including woodblock, silk screen, etching,
lithography, photogravure etc – with the technologies and aesthetics
of contemporary digital, video and networked art, to explore images
as multidimensional.
Meuninck-Ganger and Stern hack and tweak, shoot and print,
appropriate and remix, edit and draw. Their juxtaposition of anachronistic
and disparate methods, materials and content -print and video, paper
and electronics, real and virtual – enables novel approaches to
understanding each. The artists engage with subject matter ranging
from historical portraiture to current events, from hyperreal landscapes
to socially awkward moments.
The works are surprising, wistful, enchanting, and seriously playful.

“The works are surprising, wistful, enchanting, and seriously playful.”
– absolutely!

I don’t know whether we have any readers in Johannesburg – if yes I strongly
urge you to go along to what promises to be a real treat.

* and in the interests of transparency I should say that I wrote the accompanying
music for the video documentation…

Frames Per Second – Exhibition in Salon Projektionist – Vienna

Frames Per Second (2008, 27 MB, 3:26 min)

Video and photo installation by VJs Bopa and Bruno Tait.
The exhibition is based on the idea of using video and slide projectors to
capture a random moment in time from animations on photographic paper,
foregoing the simple system ‘screen shot’ and projecting light onto ILFORD
photo print paper.

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern

At Sea (2009, 2.8MB, 20 secs, silent)

Floating Worlds (2009, 4.6MB, 20 secs, silent)

Meninas (2009, 3MB, 20 secs, silent)

Floating Worlds (2009, 6.3MB, 19 secs, silent)

Documentation of work of surpassing loveliness & smarts both, from Jessica Meuninck-Ganger
& Nathaniel Stern*** as they meld digital photo frames, printing and drawing into a hybrid form
which probably has no right to work but so does.
Says Nathaniel:
“These works premiered at the Armoury Gallery in Milwaukee, on a show called Night Work.
Some will be at Elaine Erickson gallery in June, at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in July, and 10-15 from the series will be on a large show at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg in Jan/Feb 2010.

***”The Nathaniel Stern?” I hear you gasp, “He of the infamous Wikipedia Art affair?
None but, gentle viewer, none but…