“AUNTSforcamera” Production Week: Open Studios (September 10–14, 2014). Photo: Travis Chamberlain. Pictured: Talya Epstein, Tyler Ashley, and Larissa Velez-Jackson in production for Star Crap via Lens
An important interactive component of the installation of “AUNTSforcamera” at the New Museum includes a series of nine artist-devised tours, which have been organized using AUNTS’ chain-curation model. Nine artists have been invited by “AUNTSforcamera” artists to create a response to the exhibition in the form of a tour, which will be performed exclusively for and with participating audiences. Benjamin Kimitch was invited by Larissa Velez-Jackson.
In Velez-Jackson’s three-channel work Star Crap Method via Lens (2014), process and product exist outside of their binary extremes. The Star Crap Method of the title is an ongoing research practice developed by Velez-Jackson through which she and her dancers embrace failure as a tool for generating artistic material. In response to this work, Kimitch’s tour for “AUNTSforcamera” will harness his fear of failing as a tour guide to explore the generative potential of that eventuality. As Kimitch writes, “In the context of a museum tour, I will subvert expectations of myself as performer and tour guide while challenging those on the tour to subvert their expectations as participants. The result may be an expansion of how we are able to experience the exhibit. Or it may be a pleasant failure.”
In keeping with the spirit of AUNTS, the currency of exchange for attending these tours is not monetary; instead visitors must provide proof of submission to #auntsforcamera, an interactive work by Karl Scholz included in the “AUNTSforcamera” exhibition. #auntsforcamera utilizes the downloadable app OchoVideo to record eight-second user-generated video clips to become part of a sequenced single-channel video installation (on view in the New Museum lobby) that accumulates over the course of the entire project from September 8, 2014, to February 15, 2015.
#auntsforcamera utilizes the downloadable app OchoVideo (available for free through iTunes) to accumulate eight-second viewer-generated dance videos into a single-channel loop. To participate in an artist-led tour as part of “AUNTSforcamera,” please follow these steps:
1. Download the OchoVideo app from iTunes onto your smartphone.
2. Use OchoVideo to record and upload your own eight-second dance-for-camera content with the hashtag “#auntsforcamera.” Don’t forget the hashtag!
3. Use OchoVideo’s email functionality to share a link to your video(s) when you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; subject: “AUNTS tour submission.” Please include three tours that you are interested in attending, organized by preference. We will try to accommodate all first choice requests as space allows.
If you do not have an iPhone, you can submit a link to an original video, or something new that we can take an eight-second clip from, to add to the #auntsforcamera feed. It must be original content.
Space is extremely limited for each tour. Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
OTHER TOURS IN THIS SERIES
Saturday December 21 at 5 PM: Esther Neff (invited by Anya Liftig)
Thursday January 8 at 6:30 PM: Jen Rosenblit (invited by Vanessa Justice)
Saturday January 10 at 5 PM: Nessa Norich (invited by Cara Francis)
Sunday January 24 at 5 PM: Bettina Behjat Banayan (invited by IMMA/MESS)
Sunday January 25 at 5 PM: Megan Byrne (invited by Karl Scholz)
Sunday February 1 at 5 PM: Benjamin Kimitch (invited by Larissa Velez-Jackson)
Sunday February 8 at 5 PM: Jessica Cook (invited by Collective Settlement)
Saturday February 14 at 5 PM: Sable Elyse Smith (invited by Salome Asega, Chrybaby Cozie, and Ali Rosa-Salas)
Sunday February 15 at 5 PM: Ben Van Burren (invited by Gillian Walsh)