Exhibiting video art
The second exhibiting artist is Jeremy Welsh with his work White Out.
Jeremy Welsh is a visual artist working in a range of different media like video, sound performance, photography and installations. He is a professor and currently the Dean of Department of Fine Art at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
White Out was initially made for the exhibition “Dream vs. Reality” at Gallery F15, Jeløy, in 2002 and has since been included in several exhibitions, including “Where Am I Now” at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Oslo (2004). In the catalogue for the exhibition, Andrea Krognes writes: “the video shows the reflecting glass and mirrored surfaces of New York’s mid-town district. We see people moving in front of, between, or behind these dazzling architectonic shells. The human figures lose something of their defining contours and melt and multiply into psychedelic ornaments. It is as if they were losing their bodily integration and slowly melting away. This fragmentation, distortion, multiplication, and disarrangement of people and space negates the idea of bounded or spatial anchored identity. These pictures radiate the power of the drifting and impenetrably flat and glossy images of our society of spectacle, in which no area of experience remains untouched by the capitalist process of commodification, the accelerated production and consumption of gadgets, entertainment and lifestyles,”
The first exhibiting artist is Michelle Teran with her work, 17 Cities.
Michelle Teran is a Canadian-born artist based in Bergen and Berlin whose practice explores media, performance and the urban environment. Her work critically engages media, connectivity and perception in the city. Her performances and installations repurpose the language of surveillance, cartography and social networks to construct unique scenarios that call conventional power and social relations into question.
17 Cities is a compilation of video generated during a series of walks through various cities, from 2003-2008.
Wireless surveillance video, transmitting from offices, streets, stores and homes, was intercepted walking through different city streets while carrying a commercial model video scanner.
An animated selection from this archive cycles through scenes from Brussels, Berlin, Chicago, Seoul, Barcelona, Montreal, and other cities throughout Europe and North America. Moving from the commercial space to the street, to the home, the bed, to the televisual (television wirelessly distributed between rooms in homes can also be intercepted), and finally moving back out into the urban nightlife, parallel stories start appear, and cities start to merge into a meta-narrative of contemporary urbanity as depicted through the eyes of the surveillance camera.