“AUNTSforcamera” Production Week: Open Studios (September 10–14, 2014). Photo: Travis Chamberlain. Pictured: Jean Brennan and collaborator in production for Collective Settlement’s (Felicia Ballos, Jean Brennan, T. Charnan Lewis) drawing a line with my body straight to you
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. Jessica Cook was invited by Collective Settlement (Felicia Ballos, Jean Brennan, and T Charnan Lewis).
Created by the three choreographers of Collective Settlement, drawing a line with my body straight to you is a three-channel sculptural work that uses the format of an “exquisite corpse” to generate unique video-dances for three different parts of the body (head, torso, and legs). The videos, displayed on a stack of three CRT monitors, offer a moving-image representation of the dancers’ bodies reconstituted as one figure. Responding to this work, Cook has devised a tour for “AUNTSforcamera” in which participants will observe the movements of isolated body parts in the various works on view and then record new dances inspired by their observations against backdrops created by Cook. The montage that results will appear to transform the contributions of tour participants into a single dancing body.
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)