thisishappening - Weeks 4 and 5

Sept. 21, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014

Opening reception None, None - None

Neu! 2 Domingo Castillo

thisishappening is a multidisciplinary series dedicated to exploring the critical roles of experience and accessibility in contemporary art practice and reception.

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Installation view of The Relativity of Wrong. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

The Relativity of Wrong
Carol Adrianza Ferdinand

A three-part sequence of performances designed to enact, supplement and portray in tangible form, the principles of transcendence; the practical and operative aspects of the path to spiritual realization.
Sacramental wine and bread will be served.

Rite of Blessing
Wednesday, October 15, 7-7:30pm

Please join us in the garden for a purification ritual; a transformation of ordinary water into holy water performed by Reverend Christopher B. Marino, VF from the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Little Haiti.

Thursday, October 16, 7-10pm

Please join us for a candle ceremony and endurance work in collaboration with 5 local Peruvian musicians, known as Wyras. The installation will transform Emerson Dorsch, invoking an experience of the sublime brought forth by the residue of ritualistic objects.

The Eagle Trance
Friday, October 17, 7-10pm

Please join us for the finale of Relativity of Wrong. In The Eagle Trance, Adrianza will present a video screening and endurance performance recalling her experiences in the Sacred Valley of Peru and the Black Forest of Germany. In a trance state, Carol will abandon the sense of a separate self in favor of a connection with the unseen forces of nature, culminating in a re-baptism.

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Installation view of #cinemavortex. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

Barron Sherer
Tuesday, October 21, 7-9:30pm

Barron Sherer curates a survey of 16mm experimental and educational films that span fifty years and utilize revolutionary formal techniques. The prints shown are rare and in some cases original prints. Filmmakers featured in this screening include: Willard Maas, Marie Menken, John H. Whitney, and Anthony McCall.

Cinema Vortex began as a collective endeavor more than 20 years ago - a group of people wanted to screen avant-garde films, at a time when there was little access to this material. Their selections of films - shown in sequence during a screening - draw out formal, technical and conceptual observations of a curator or editor, similar to the overarching theme to a single issue of a good magazine or a good group exhibition. Its history began at the now closed Alliance Cinema in Miami Beach; co-curators Baron Sherer and Kevin Wynn created programs for the University of Miami's Cosford Cinema, the Miami Shores Performing Arts Theater, the Wolfsonian Museum, among others.

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Installation view of Neu! 2 listening. Photo credit: Monica McGivern

Neu! 2
Domingo Castillo

Thursday, October 23, 9-10:15pm
Listening starts at 9pm

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Boise Bob and His Backyard Band
Saturday, October 25, 2-6pm

Where oh where are you tonight? Come visit and sing along with your old pals Boise Bob and band as they rehearse some of their classic chicken fried tunes.

The move toward an art that is living is a common signpost for the contemporary period, and stems from a desire for urgency - to matter. This paradigm shift toward the privileging of experience, both lived and virtual, is compounded by a hyper-awareness of how we craft ourselves in (real)-time. thisishappening presents an opportunity to consider how we record experience, beyond documentation, in a manner that can subsist within a gallery context for aesthetic and critical engagement with non-material objects.

Over a period of eight weeks, Emerson Dorsch will present a selection of events, screenings, performance, and interactions that will address a range of concerns within the discourse on art as experience. The works included facilitate exchange through encounter - connecting those who create, own, use, critique, or consume them.

In an effort to expose the numerous lines of tension, which have surfaced from the growing gap between experience and its objectification, the gallery exhibition will exist in a constant state of becoming. Works will be curated-into the space, reflecting and reacting to the projects as they unfold in time.