With the invention of the electronic sensor, the moving image underwent a transformation — from the movie screen, a surface upon which images of the world are projected, to an interface that connects the world in real time. This opening night program of Flaherty NYC's "Surface Knowledge" series investigates the screen as a site of telepresence, a conduit which connects the artist/performer with the viewer/perceiver. Conceived as a cross-generational conversation, this program of shorts shows how video artists such as Joan Jonas, Pipilotti Rist, Sondra Perry and others have sought to explore the existential effects of the mediated image, where selves are transformed into seductive mediums, online avatars, and SMS traders. These games of representation open up uncanny and sometimes hazardous environments, where depth of identity must interface with layers of layers of surface. Predictive of the instant communication modes that now define our lives, these films tread gingerly into out-of-body experiences of self in which one is neither “here” nor “there."
Joan Jonas, Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy, 1972, 17 min, video
Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Work Station, 2016, 9 min, digital video
Pipilotti Rist, You Called Me Jacky, 1990, 4 min, video
Michael Robinson, Onward Lossless Follows, 2017, 17 min, video
Joanne Kyger, Descartes, 1968, 11 min, videoMark Lapore / Phil Solomon, Crossroads, 2005, 5 min, digital video