Monday, January 25, 2010

Cheat Codes: Lessons in Love @ Flavorpill

Eunjung Hwang, Future Creatures, 2009

Watching curator Amelia Winger-Bearskin's Cheat Codes: Lessons in Love, an hour-long presentation featuring the works of 12 video artists, feels like watching cable access back in the 1980s. The single-channel low-resolution screening at Antena gallery leaves a lot to be desired for the usual HD and Blue Ray viewer — but that's the point. Evocative, ridiculous, and nostalgic, the program progresses in seemingly random order, including Game Boy-inspired animations from Eunjung Hwang, kaleidoscopic video landscapes from Jennie H. Bringaker and David Horwitz's presentation of newly found footage from Bas Jan Ader. The collage of videos proves the lingering influence of cybernetic and analog aesthetics on digital work.
– Beatrice Smigasiewicz

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