Performing Documents in Time: A Screening Event

The Apartment (video still), 2020 by Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne

Event Info

Please join us at 6:30pm on September 24 for Performing Documents in Time: A Screening Event. Center for Book Arts’ current exhibition Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling highlights artists who are collecting and publishing calculated excerpts of primary research, existing data, and archival documents as a methodological practice. While the works in the exhibition space take physical form, Performing Documents in Time: A Screening Event offers an investigation of film and video works by the featured artists. Similarly to books, film and video work share a versatility in their ability to be published, disseminated rather than rarified, and unfolding across time. The screening offers a more focused lense on artworks in the exhibition such as The Apartment and I knew if i walked in her footsteps it would become a ritual; and simultaneously expands upon the methodology through archival works, such as Pendleton’s Portrait of Yvonne Rainer.

To be screened:

  • Adam Pendleton’s Just Back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer, 2016–17
  • Huong Ngo’s The Voice is An Archive, 2016
  • Sam Lavigne & Tega Brain’s The Apartment, 2020
  • Aarati Akkapeddi’s I knew that if I walked in your footsteps, it would become a ritual, 2022

About Performing Documents: Modes of Assembling

Through the act of interrogating fragments of archives and databases—such as old family photographs, real estate listings, and public funding records, the featured artists respond to capitalist, colonial and personal histories, proposing new narratives for understanding the past. Each artwork strategically reveals, alters, or withholds documents, opening a dialogue around the politics of information visibility and inviting viewers to become participants or students. While the featured artists may not consider themselves ‘book artists’ by trade, they have chosen the networked and reproductive activity of publishing (through various approaches) in response to the content they are working with.

This in-person event takes place at CBA (28 W 27 St, 3rd Fl)


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