Monday, February 17, 2014


Whitebox Art Center presents
Video Art from the Past to the Present into the Future
February 23-March 28 2014
Opening February 23, 5-7pm
curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes

TIME : : CODE is an exhibition of video art selected from Whitebox Art Center’s archive. The exhibition’s title and curatorial framework metaphorically weave the technical nomenclature for video and film synchronization, and the experimental film directed by Mike Figgis.  The former is addressed in the ostensible historical arc of the exhibition consisting of important works by early video pioneers including Michael Snow, Carolee Schneeman, Dara Birnbaum, Dennis Oppenheim and others, which are shown along side a succeeding generation of video artists who have innovatively engaged the medium as their predecessors.  The exhibition, however, resists conventional sequential mapping of video art via its other point of thematic departure: Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000).   

Timecode was created by four cinematographers whom each shot a non-stop, 90-minute take. These individual shots were then simultaneously played on one screen split into four sections. TIME : : CODE adopts this trope via a constellation of video works that coalesce in their disparate shifts between single and multichannel, analog, digital and animation, as well as diverse display formats including LCD, CRT, projection, sculpture, and installation.  

Like the split screen of Timecode and its fracturing of both time and space, the exhibition creates a rhizome-like environment of video works that are as much in dialogue with each other as they are independent. The individual works run the gamut of subject matter that draw from the personal to the public, from reality to the imaginary, and coupled with TIME : : CODE’s exhibition presentation, critically engage social and political issues of our global contemporaneity.

Raul Zamudio 
Michael Snow | Carolee Schneeman | Dennis Oppenheim | Gary Hill
Helena von Karkkainen | Hans Breder | Jaime Davidovich | Jonas Mekas
Dara Birnbaum | Jean-Gabriel Périot | Dieter Froese | Braco Dimitrijevic | Blue Noses
Ai Weiwei | Stefano Cagol | Iván Navarro | Damian Ontiveros | Igor Molochevski
Gordon Cheung | Kiki Seror | Tania Candiani | Sislej Xhafa | Oreet Ashery
Larissa Sansour | Adolfo Doring | Wojtek Ulrich | Robert Boyd | S&P Stanikas
Mary Mattingly | Ferrán Martín | Yucef Merhi | Alina and Jeff Bliumis | Roi Varaa | Javier Tellez |Arlene Schloss

Whitebox Art Center
329 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

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