Sunday, January 04, 2009

Artist Talk: Jeremiah Day

Contact Improvisation / News Animations

The work of Steve Paxton and Simone Forti

Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Postmodern dance emerged in a unique moment of interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange in American arts – composers like Terry Riley, Steve Reich mingled with sculptors like Richard Serra, and visual artists like Robert Morris and Walter de Maria worked in dance. This unstable moment produced new forms and models in all of the arts, but the underlying shared assumption that there would be some new relationship to the public was ultimately proved wrong – we still go to theaters and white cube galleries. With the brief exception of Earthworks, really only one art form was able to break away from "the art world" – Steve Paxton's invention Contact Improvisation.

In this informal presentation, Jeremiah Day will show videos of Contact Improvisation and discuss Steve Paxton's artistic evolution. Also, he will present the work of Paxton's peer Simone Forti. Forti's work differed from the rest of her minimalist peers in that she ultimately returned to the problem of "subject matter." Day will show a few examples of her "News Animations" which offer a unique model for engaging politics in art.


Platform Garanti
Contemporary Art Center
Istiklal Cad. No: 115A, Beyoglu
Istanbul, 34430, Turkey
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