“AUNTSforcamera” Production Week: Open Studios (September 10–14, 2014). Photo: Travis Chamberlain. Pictured: Gillian Walsh and Mickey Mahar in production for Archiving working at AUNTS at the New Museum
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. Ben Van Burren was invited by Gillian Walsh.
Walsh has used her participation in AUNTS events to develop material in a shared public workroom—outside the sanctity of the studio or theater. In Walsh’s Primary Source (video): AUNTS at the New Museum 2012, 2014 (2014), this practice becomes the subject of an intimate single-channel work that uses private videos as a form of primary-source personal archiving. Riffing on the institutional specificity that shaped Walsh’s work, Ben Van Buren has created an audio tour that aims to give the listener a better sense of the constellation of factors that make “AUNTSforcamera” possible. The tour investigates a number of (primary) sources on its quest to understand the dialogues and debates that both instantiate and complicate the creation and display of particular works of art.
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)