Joan Jonas, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Peggy Ahwesh, Nan Hoover
Earthly Impressions organized by Anny Oberlink
video screening @ Haeler Echo, Lower East Side, NYC
Wednesday, March 29th - 7:30PM
***RSVP email@example.com for location / seating is limited [free admission]
In contrast with earthly constraints and the limitations of bodies, minds and consciousness seem infinite. Journeys throughout private space, outer space, and virtual space have challenged notions of the self and advanced opportunities to transcend our bodies. Yet expansion and liberation of the mind are not without sacrifice. With consciousness uploading to the cloud, and Spaceship Earth coming to an untimely demise, at what point do humans cease to be human?
This program explores ambitions to travel beyond our temporality and ways to reconnect with exactly what we have been trying to escape: our earthliness.
Double Lunar Dogs Joan Jonas, 1984, 24:04 min.
Based on the 1941 sci-fi novel Universe by Robert Heinlein, Double Lunar Dogs follows a crew aboard a spaceship drifting aimlessly through space. The crew has forgotten their mission and desperately yearn to regain memories of Earth by playing allegorical games with words and images of the past.
Re Dis Appearing Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, 1977, 2:30 min.
Re Dis Appearing presents us with a quiet meditation on the things and the forms we may someday leave behind. Like the word games played in Double Lunar Dogs, Re Dis Appearing contemplates the presence of a simple object, its name, and its disappearance. By reinstating the name of the object over and over, Cha questions but also reaffirms its existence.
The Third Body Peggy Ahwesh, 2007, 8:40 min.
The Third Body oscillates between appropriated film of Adam and Eve arriving to the Garden of Eden, and early demonstrations of emerging virtual reality technologies. Questioning whether a virtual existence can enable us to transcend our genders and bodies, the garden highlights the original moment of human-body awareness.
Impressions Nan Hoover, 1978, 9:45 min.
In Impressions, a finger slowly traces along a ray of light. The forms begin to fuse together, highlighting whether there is a difference between appendage and luminescence at all.
Anny Oberlink is an independent programmer and artist based in New York. She is the Distribution Associate at Electronic Arts Intermix, where she facilitates the wider viewing and global exchange of artists’ videos. She is the director of Special Projects at Screen Slate (screenslate.com), and Head Designer of the Screen Slate Journal. She was an active member of Spectacle Theater, an independent film collective and programming space in Brooklyn. She also co-founded Topos Bookstore in Ridgewood, Queens.
Special thank you to Haeler Echo & Electronic Arts Intermix
Access: Haeler Echo is a limited accessibility space on the 2nd floor of a residential walkup building. There are two flights of stairs with handrails. This space is not scent-free, but we do ask that attendees come fragrance-free. If you require ASL interpretation, closed-captioning, audio description or have any other access needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Seating will be limited, please let us know if you need a seat secured.
Image: Nan Hoover. "Impressions", 1978. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York