In 2017, Katsof co-organized, with Mason Leaver-Yap the first US-based solo exhibition and film commission by the artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. The film streamed as part of the Walker Art Center Moving Image Commissions, with exhibitions taking place at PARTICIPANT INC. and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The project was realized in partnership with EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and the Goethe-Institut, New York.
Exhibition review of Everybody talks about the weather... We don't at PARTICIPANT INC. written by Alex Jovanovich for Artforum.com
Image: Installation view of Everybody talks about the weather... We don't at PARTICIPANT INC. (2017)
June 2 - July 16 2017
Opening Reception: Friday June 2, 7-9 PM
PARTICIPANT INC. 253 East Houston Street
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz present their first US solo exhibition Everybody talks about the weather… We don’t. It includes a major new moving image work — Telepathic Improvisation — and two new sculptures.
With reference to current violent social conditions, Telepathic Improvisation explores the ways in which others (including other objects) might become part of our striving for alternative political and sexual imaginations. Humans and non-humans, movements, speeches, gestures, music, light, and smoke interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 score of the same title. While the action of the film appears abstract, it nonetheless includes references to specific moments of leftist protest, queer S&M club life, acts of surveillance and, finally, fantasies of new relations between human and non-human objects in an interstellar dimension. The audience is called to communicate telepathically with all of the elements on screen, including performers Marwa Arsanios, Werner Hirsch, MPA, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.
Image: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Telepathic Improvisation, 2017, HD, 20 min., courtesy of the artists, Ellen de Bruijne and Marcelle Alix
The exhibition is presented as part of a year-long series of presentations by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz in the US, co-curated by Alhena Katsof in collaboration with the Walker Art Center’s Moving Image Commissions, Minneapolis; EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy; PARTICIPANT INC., New York; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). Following the film's premiere and installation at PARTICIPANT INC., Telepathic Improvisation will stream online on the Walker Art Center Moving Image Commission page. The exhibition will be restaged in a new form at CAMH and accompanied by a catalogue with newly a commissioned essay by André Lepecki and contributions by the artists, Victoria Brooks, Dean Daderko, Lia Gangitano, and Mason Leaver-Yap.
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This project is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut New York and generously supported by the Bentson Foundation, Service des affaires culturelles - Canton de Vaud, and ProHelvetia.
Image: I Want, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, installation with double HD projection, 16 min, 2005, Performance: Sharon Hayes. Courtesy the artists.
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz film screening and artist talk at the Goethe-Institut New York on Monday, September 19 2016.
Image: Opaque, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, installation with super 16mm/ HD, 10 min, 2014, Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch. Courtesy the artists.