Thursday, March 24, 2011

Film: Scrappers

Scrappers Trailer from scrap movie on Vimeo.

If you haven't seen this amazing 2010 documentary yet (given two thumbs up by Roger Ebert), then make it your next movie viewing priority. Driven by a stellar Frank Rosaly score, and winding through classically Chicago alleyways, Scrappers steadfastly follows Oscar and Otis, two men who have made a living by collecting and reselling discarded scrap metal. Among many things, the film touches on the 2008 financial crisis, gendered economic production, class struggles, and immigration rights.

You can see some interesting post-production photos of the people in the film here (from one of the directors, Brian Ashby). Otis recently celebrated his 77th birthday!

Brian Ashby and Ben Kolak leave today on a Southern Circuit Tour, visiting 9 states (including Ohio and Pennsylvania!) for screenings over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lit: Catalogue for "Territories"

 Detail, in-progress screencap of Territories: a compendium

I cannot adequately express how excited I am about the progression of the last few weeks. Since the fall of 2010 I have been working on curating a group show called Territories, opening April 1st, 2011 at Marwen in the Untitled Gallery. The artwork is coming together marvelously, and I'm so happy with how the exhibition will look once we install everything in a week or so. All of this could have been enough, but for some reason I got a bee in my bonnett a few weeks ago, and I decided I wanted to do a catalogue as well. (!)

With the enthusiastic and invaluable help of my friends, designer Scott Reinhard and Marwen exhibitions coordinator Arielle Bielak, we are almost done pulling together a fantastic catalogue that was conceived, written, designed, and executed over the course of four short weeks. A few other people had a hand in it as well (an understatement) --- the catalogue not only serves as a document of the exhibition, but it is a compendium of texts on the subject of "territories" as well. In just one week, Territories: a compendium grew to over 130 pages, with forty-two contributors sending forty-six submissions from twenty cities all over the world. I am honored, touched, and proud to present the artists and writers who have contributed to this book. This is just a sneak peek at what's to come. Email me at sendmissiveshere [at] gmail [dot] com  if you'd like to pre-order a copy (we're only able to print a limited edition of 40, unless you order one in the next few days!)

Detail, in-progress screencap of Territories: a compendium

Monday, March 7, 2011

Video/ Dance: Amberley Productions & Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

These are a few dance-related videos that I can't get out of my head of late:

Ah! - Oval from Amberley Productions on Vimeo.

This strangely hypnotic one's from Amberley Productions in Berlin (although the band is on the Thrill Jockey label in Chicago-- a lot of cool videos on Thrill Jockey's Vimeo page), and I sure wish they had a few more projects out in the world, because I'm digging the German dish they're dishing.

This is from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, (b. 1960, Belgium), originally choreographed in the 1980s. Below is a more recent piece, although you wouldn't know it to see it, given the pastel nursing home costumes and orthopedic shoes.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

New work: "Increase Circulation"

Collage from Spudnik Press' monthly throwdown this eve. That kid is just so lonesome! And cold. Hoping to roll with this one, could be a cool print.