September 28th, 2013

“Image Employment” at MoMA PS1

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Artists: Neil Beloufa, Guy Ben-Ner, Ben Thorp Brown, DIS, Harm van den Dorpel, Dan Eisenberg, Kevin Jerome Everson, Harun Farocki, Zachary Formwalt, Mark Leckey, Sharon Lockhart, Auguste and Louis Lumière, Lucy Raven, Ben Rivers, Michael Bell-Smith,Hito Steyerl, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, Ryan Trecartin, Andrew Norman Wilson

Venue: MoMA PS1, New York

Exhibition Title: Image Employment

Curated by: Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson

Date: September 5 – October 7, 2013

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Zachary Formwalt

Full gallery of videos,  images, press release and link available after the jump.


Auguste and Louis Lumière, Workers Leaving the Factory, 1895, 1 min, 35mm to video, b&w, silent.


Harun Farocki, Workers Leaving the Factory, 1995, 36 min, video, color and b&w, 1:1,37.


Andrew Norman Wilson, Workers Leaving the Googleplex, 2011, 11 min, HD video, color and sound.


Kevin Jerome Everson, excerpt from Quality Control, 2011, 71 min, 16mm to HD video, b&w and sound. Courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures.


Ben Rivers, excerpt from Sack Barrow, 2011, 21 min, 16mm to HD video, color and sound.


Dan Eisenberg, excerpt from Unstable Object, 2011, 69 min, HD video, color and sound.


Guy Ben-Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007, 18 min, SD Video, color and sound.


Pilvi Takala, excerpt from The Trainee, 2008, 13 min, HD Video, color and sound.


Neil Beloufa, excerpt from People’s passion, lifestyle beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water, 2011, 10 min, HD video, color and sound.


DIS, Watermarked I Fall 2012, 2012,  2 min, HD Video, color and sound.


Harm van den Dorpel, Strategies2011, 5 min, HD video, color and sound.


Mark Leckey, Green Screen Refrigerator Part I, 2010, 9 min 11 sec, HD video, color and sound.


Mark Leckey, Green Screen Refrigerator Part II, 2010, 8 min, HD video, color and sound.


Michael Bell-Smith, De-employed, 2012, 3 min, HD video, color and sound.


Hito Steyerl, Strike2010, 30 sec, HD single channel video, color and sound.


Ryan Trecartin, K-CoreaINC.K, 2009, 33 min, HD video, color and sound.


Superflex, The Financial Crisis, 2009, 12:23 min, HD video, color and sound.


Ben Thorp Brown, excerpt from Open Outcry, 2013, 15 min, HD video, color and sound.


Lucy Raven, trailer for Chinatown, 2009, 51:30 min, photographic animation.


Sharon Lockhart, Lunch Break, 2008. 83 min, 35 mm transferred to HD video, color and sound.



Videos courtesy of the artists. Images courtesy of MoMA PS1. Photos by Charles Roussel.

Press Release:

Image Employment presents recent moving image works that investigate various modes of contemporary production. The selected works illustrate differing approaches to the subject, from observational films that avoid participation in capitalistic image creation, to videos that engage corporate omnipotence by employing its processes, as well as works that complicate these two tendencies.

Many of the films in the exhibition take an oppositional approach to commercial image making. In Kevin Jerome Everson’s Quality Control African-American workers from an Alabama dry-cleaning factory are shown relentlessly carrying out their jobs in real time. Everson explores the duration and physicality of labor through a series of lengthy shots that draw attention to particular tasks such as working the pant press or ironing shirts.

Alternately, many video works in this exhibition employ corporate processes and communication by reiterating corporate imagery and intervening into sites of emergent industries and globalized consumption. DIS’ Watermarked I Kenzo Fall 2012, for example, arose out of a paid commission for Kenzo’s seasonal menswear collection. The work reflexively dramatizes the commercial advertisement form through the absurd excesses of the actors’ expressions, the politically correct racial composition, and a stock media infused aesthetic.

Invoking the growing convergence between labor, consumption, and that which propels them, Image Employment examines different ways artists use moving image work to engage and confront contemporary modes of production.

A screening schedule is available here.

Curated by Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson

Link: “Image Employment” at MoMA PS1

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