quarta-feira, 9 de maio de 2012

Two Events at Cabinet: Screening / “The Double” and Talk and Book Launch / "Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance," with Hanna Rose Shell

Dear friends of Cabinet,

We hope you can join us for one or both of the following events.

• Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 8–9:30 pm: "The Double," a bicoastal screening of video works by Skowhegan alumni

• Friday, 11 May 2012, 7–9 pm: a talk and book launch for Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance, with Hanna Rose Shell

See below for details.


Screening / "The Double"
Date: Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 8–9:30 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary
Organized by the Skowhegan Alliance

The Skowhegan Alliance, Cabinet, and LAXART are pleased to present "The Double," a bicoastal screening of video works by Skowhegan alumni spanning nearly fifteen years.

The double is primarily a visual phenomenon, making video a natural medium for its exploration. The earliest silent films recognized the doubling inherent in images, investigating notions of an uncanny second self in films such as the The Golem and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Through doubling or mirroring, one is confronted with the illusory character of wholeness, with the dispersion of the self, and, perhaps, with revelations of repressed fears and desires. The double can also represent an alter ego, a copy or forgery, or a false twin or doppelgänger. However, doubles are not exclusively physical in a bodily sense. Doubling is also present in the medium's mode of production, reminding us that the replication and dissemination of image is a physical process as well. The absence of an original and the multiplication embodied by the double are exemplified in this event through bicoastal screenings of "The Double" at LAXART in Los Angeles and at Cabinet in New York.

The program features works by:
Mike Calway-Fagen '11
Jonathan Ehrenberg '11
Amy Finkbeiner '01
Victoria Fu '06
Meredith James '11
Andrew Ellis Johnson '99
Siobhan Landry '11
Sarah Lasley '04
Dan Levenson '09
Ann Oren '09
Chris Sollars '98
Cheryl Yun '03
Bryan Zanisnik '08

Meredith James, Present Time (still), 2009, digital video, 9 minutes 15 seconds.

Skowhegan, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946, seeks each year to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art making and inquiry to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction, and growth. The Skowhegan Alliance, a committee of Skowhegan alumni, supports Skowhegan's mission and the notion of community it fosters by organizing programs and events for alumni and the broader Skowhegan community.


Talk and Book Launch / Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance, with Hanna Rose Shell
Date: Friday, 11 May 2012, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Hanna Rose Shell's Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance (Zone Books), an event featuring a reading as well as film and camouflage paraphernalia.

Hide and Seek traces the evolution of camouflage as it developed in counterpoint to technological advances in photography, innovations in warfare, and problems in natural history. Today, camouflage is commonly thought of as a textile pattern of interlocking greens and browns. But in her book, Shell reveals it as much more—a set of institutional structures, mixed-media art practices, and permutations of subjectivity that emerged over the course of the twentieth century in environments increasingly mediated by photographic and cinematic intervention. Developing its argument from the material forms camouflage has left behind—photomontages, paper blankets, stuffed rabbits, ghillie suits, and instructional films—Hide and Seek investigates the scientific and media origins of strategic concealment between 1859 and 1945, from the first publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species to the end of World War II.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Snacks and libations will also be served.

Hanna Rose Shell is a historian of science, a filmmaker, and the Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. She wrote on Abbott Handerson Thayer's theories of camouflage for Cabinet issue 33.


Beer for these events has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


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