(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

20 April 2012

Nicole Cohen: STUDIO VISITS @ the Brooklyn Museum

[PRESS RELEASE]STUDIO VISITS is a new interactive video installation, commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where guests are invited to enter into vintage/historical interior designed spaces in advertisements (some locations are artist studios and studio apartments), through surveillance cameras transferring them into a large-scale video performance experience. Through new technologies and geometric perspectives, the artist positions and aligns guests, inviting them to relax and be superimposed into retro-still images from scenes in vintage interiors. The artist works with concepts of intervention, displacement, virtual trespassing, overlay, and ghost like invasions into off limit spaces.

Clearly, there are different expectations on how to act now than in these early classical interiors, and by displacing the guests they can find new perspectives on how to view themselves. Special platforms designed by the artist are presented, where participants are invited to sit in white furniture and they are filmed and beamed into a video installation. Here they are displaced into retro-magazines, from Home & Gardens, Better Homes & Garden’s are classical advertisements from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. They view themselves in a different scale and perspective of these theatrical sets, which by playing it out give clues on these scripted portraits of space.

“Interior design, the relation of film and space, the dynamics between history and identity, as well as questions concerning the history of visual media and performance are crucial concerns that set a thematic frame for the video installations of Nicole Cohen. Although, trained in painting and drawing, Cohen most frequently uses video as her medium, playing upon its intrinsic capacities to manipulate time, distort scale and environment, and overlay imagery. By creating a connection between film projections and static images, and the exhibition space, she opens up profound questions concerning the debate on the role of the image at the beginning of the 21th Century.”, excerpt from catalogue, Marc Gloede, Film Scholar and Curator, Art Basel Film

“Nicole Cohen’s work is positioned at the cross roads of contemporary reality, personal fantasy, and culturally constructed space. Consistently interested in engaging her audience and challenging notions of lifestyle, domesticity, celebrity, and social behavior, Cohen also uses surveillance camera to involve her viewers in their own voyeurism.”


Image via artist website

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