Imaginal Fiction

IMAGINAL FICTION
Cornelia Eichhorn – Giulia Grossmann – Shambhavi Kaul
Solimán López – Marcantonio Lunardi – Santiago Parres (EZO)
Elliot Storey – WE (Kye Wilson- Helena Eflerová)
29 Oct 2014 – 8pm @ Armory, Pasadena, CA
12 Nov 2014 – 8pm @ Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

MIA is pleased to present Imaginal Fiction, a diverse selection of eight recent artists’ videos linked by a style of story telling that is akin to the process of active imagination. Each video uses enigmatic imagery and an oblique approach to create new, emotionally communicative mythologies.


VD_02 72p copie copie Ved’ma (2012) by Cornelia Eichhorn [France] is a 3-channel installation which follows three women simultaneously as they experience wildly dream-like situations rooted in Russian fairy-tales.

NA_Native American Native American (2012) by Giulia Grossmann [France] hovers on the edge between art film and documentary, following the inhabitants of a French resort where guests dress and behave as if they were living in the fabled American West.

chikaroot 21 Chitrakoot (2012) by Shambhavi Kaul [NC] is a landscape film which uses backdrops pulled from a mythological Indian television series to trace a narrative.

theArrival_2 The Arrival (2013) by Solimán López [Spain] is an allegorical piece working with our collective relationship to communications technology.

choir_84 The choir (2013) by Marcantonio Lunardi [Italy] features a group of choral singers who perform in a church with monitors over their faces which simultaneously broadcast images of their own heads singing the same piece.

dove Dove (2011) by Santiago Parres aka EZO [Spain] is a review and appropriation of a classic Spanish song.

AN_1b ANXIETY (2013) by Elliot Storey [NY] plays with dancers, sculpture, and architecture to illustrate the emotional state.

Hunter-Hunted_single-channel_still_01 Hunter/Hunted (2012) by WE (Kye Wilson and Helena Eflerová)[UK] is a two-channel installation, which follows the performance of Eflerová as both the huntress and the prey.


IMAGINAL FICTION

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 – 8pm
the Armory
145 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

presented with the Logan Square International Film Series
Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 – 8pm
Comfort Station Logan Square
2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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Peak-End

PEAK-END
Ana Rodríguez León – Marija Linciute
Leah Lovett – Abinadi Meza – Evalajka Pervin
Josh Weissbach – Julia Weissenberg
3 September 2014 – 8pm – Comfort Station, Chicago, IL
13 September 2014 – 8pm – The Armory, Pasadena, CA

Peak-End is an international selection of recent short film and video projects organized around a theme of memory. Each piece finds a different path to exploring the ways in which memories are formed and recounted.


Ana Rodríguez León, Memorais (2012) Ana Rodríguez León [Spain], Memorais (2012) An evocative film set at the moment before the end of the world. A woman remembers her relationship with a man as the boundary between reality and what might have been begins to collapse.

Marija Linciute, CCCP (2012) Marija Linciute [France], CCCP (2012) Family photographs interweave with historical footage in this remembrance of the fall of the USSR seen through the eyes of a young Lithuanian girl.

Leah Lovett, still from Hardcore (2013) Leah Lovett [United Kingdom], Hardcore (2013) An intensely intimate piece with the camera focused on men’s mouths as they reenact a series of noises, heavy breathing and a few curt phrases. The unsettling sounds evoke sex and violence but are actually the men remembering the sounds they heard their partners make while giving birth.

Abinadi Meza, Hour Between Dog and Wolf (2013) Abinadi Meza [Texas], Hour Between Dog and Wolf (2013) Beginning with a journey by train, an ambiguous digital woman’s voice describes your experience to you. Composed of found mid-century footage, the viewer is at once a participant and a voyeur—she tells you, “It is amazing, and almost grotesque how things demand to repeat.”

Evalajka Pervin, my childhood katekismus (2012) Evalajka Pervin [Denmark], my childhood katekismus (2012) An evocative document of diaspora and acculturation, the artist performs the first verse of the Koran as recalled from her childhood in Pakistan.

Josh Weissbach, 106 River Road (2011) Josh Weissbach [Wisconsin], 106 River Road (2011) A court protection order read in a dead pan voice over footage of a home which slowly disintegrates into abstraction as the violent history of that address becomes clear.

Julia Weissenberg, Snowstorm (2012) Julia Weissenberg [Germany], Snowstorm (2012) An allegorical piece depicting a memory athlete who specializes in binary numbers.


The MIA [Moving Image Art] program of screenings and exhibitions was founded by video artist Alanna Simone in 2012. Originally based at the Armory in Pasadena, CA, the program is now expanding to present artists’ moving image to audiences in multiple cities. PEAK-END is the first of regular quarterly screenings in Chicago.

PEAK-END

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 – 8pm
presented by the Logan Square International Film Series
COMFORT STATION
2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Saturday, 13 September 2014 – 8pm
The ARMORY
145 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104


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Paul Barrios

MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
presents
PAUL BARRIOS
15 MAY – 13 JUNE
TRES TIEMPOS – NUDO DE NUDOS

Barrios_NudoDeNudos_Wilson Colombian artist Paul Barrios created Tres tiempos (Three Times), the title of which refers to visual transformation through material, deconstruction, and construction; in this piece, symbolic objects are seen being ritually buried in three different walls. Nudo de nodos depicts a curious mechanism that transports symbolic items to create relationships between different people. Objects appear as codes, but their interpretation becomes transformed.


MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
15 FEBRUARY – 15 JUNE, 2014
four month-long exhibitions
Evelin Stermiz – Andrew Ellis Johnson
Vienne Chan – Paul Barrios

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Vienne Chan

MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
presents
VIENNE CHAN
15 APRIL – 13 MAY
ATTEMPTS AT IMMUTABILITY – V’LA’IR

Chan_Vlair_5Hong Kong-born, Tel Aviv-based Vienne Chan created Attempts at Immutability, which depicts video images of objects and cycles of movement being projected back onto themselves. A second video, V’la’ir, was made in response to recent protests over the rising cost of housing in Tel Aviv. Chan learned Hebrew Sign Language in order to do a manual reading of a line from David Avidan’s poem “Harechovot mamirim l’at” (“and to the city, there is no beginning and there is no end.”), the signing of which she videotaped and projected onto the walls of the city’s buildings.


MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
15 FEBRUARY – 15 JUNE, 2014
four month-long exhibitions
Evelin Stermiz – Andrew Ellis Johnson
Vienne Chan – Paul Barrios

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Andrew Ellis Johnson

MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
presents
ANDREW ELLIS JOHNSON
15 MARCH – 13 APRIL
DESCENSION – SUSPENSION

Johnson_Descension still 2_ The second installment in MIA’s residence with Outpost@Armory presents two video pieces by Andrew Ellis Johnson in the Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery.

In Fayoum, Egypt, just after the revolution of January 25, 2011, Andrew Ellis Johnson filmed DESCENSION, a work that places the audience in a suggested majlis, an Arabic meeting room. Suspension, reads like a visual parable. With an ever-changing light source, a single human foot suspended above a heavy block takes on qualities that suggest conscience, martyrs, and the suspension of time.

The exhibition will be open for ArtNight Pasadena on March 14 from 6-10pm and thereafter during gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday, noon – 5pm.


MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
15 FEBRUARY – 15 JUNE, 2014
four month-long exhibitions
Evelin Stermiz – Andrew Ellis Johnson
Vienne Chan – Paul Barrios

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ArtNight

ARTNIGHT
14 MARCH 2014 – 6-10PM
MARY BAUM – SALVATORE INSANA
ALEX PACHON – MILLEE TIBBS

Join us for a special MIA pop-up exhibition just for Spring ArtNight in Pasadena— a city-wide art party that takes place from 6-10pm on March 14th:
Screen shot 2014-03-05 at 11.24.56 PM Mary Baum’s Crystal Paragon (2013) explores the idea of escapism and the power that art can have to transport the viewer to another place.

Fill up still3 Nervous spidery spirits looking for a body (language) move along in space- a time lapse without any shape, without any edge or borderline, in liquefaction— in Salvatore Insana’s Fill Up The Space (2012).

Cracks_02 Alex Pachon’s Cracks (2013) dances with music produced by the dance itself and, with a certain sarcasm, the source of the relationship between dance and music.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 4.54.15 PM Virgin Land, Wyoming (2012) explores the desire to make the imaginary into the real, where artist Mille Tibbs fitted prosthetic unicorn horns to horses.

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Evelin Stermitz

MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
presents
EVELIN STERMITZ
15 FEBRUARY – 13 MARCH
WATER PORTRAITS I-IV

Stermitz_Water_Portrait_I_by_Evelin_Stermitz_ntsc_300dpi The first installment in MIA’s residence with Outpost@Armory presents four video portriats by Evelin Stermitz in the Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery.

Austrian artist Evelin Stermitz created Water Portrait I-IV (2010), in which women’s faces are reflected in the ripples of the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia. Their words, dedicated to the water, reveal experiences of violence against women.

Please join us for an opening celebrating all of the Armory’s current exhibitions on Saturday, February 15 from 7-9pm. The exhibition will be on view daily during gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday, noon – 5pm.


MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
15 FEBRUARY – 15 JUNE, 2014
four month-long exhibitions
Evelin Stermiz – Andrew Ellis Johnson
Vienne Chan – Paul Barrios

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MIA in residence at Outpost

MIA IN RESIDENCE AT OUTPOST
15 FEBRUARY – 15 JUNE, 2014
four month-long exhibitions
Evelin Stermiz – Andrew Ellis Johnson
Vienne Chan – Paul Barrios

This spring, MIA is excited to be in residence with Outpost@Armory, a program initiative of Armory Center for the Arts, from February 15 to June 15, 2014. The residency will consist of MIA programming four sequential, month-long, video based, solo exhibitions, screened daily in the Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery, by international artists who work in moving image. The works may be seen during gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday, noon – 5pm.

Stermitz_Water_Portrait_I_by_Evelin_Stermitz_ntsc_300dpi Austrian artist Evelin Stermitz created Water Portrait I-IV (2010), in which women’s faces are reflected in the ripples of the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia. Their words, dedicated to the water, reveal experiences of violence against women. This work will screen from February 15 through March 13.

Johnson_Descension still 2_ In Fayoum, Egypt, just after the revolution of January 25, 2011, Andrew Ellis Johnson filmed DESCENSION, a work that places the audience in a suggested majlis, an Arabic meeting room. A second work, Suspension, reads like a visual parable. With an ever-changing light source, a single human foot suspended above a heavy block takes on qualities that suggest conscience, martyrs, and the suspension of time. These works will screen from March 15 through April 13.

Chan_Vlair_5 Hong Kong-born, Tel Aviv-based Vienne Chan created Attempts at Immutability, which depicts video images of objects and cycles of movement being projected back onto themselves. A second video, V’la’ir, was made in response to recent protests over the rising cost of housing in Tel Aviv. Chan learned Hebrew Sign Language in order to do a manual reading of a line from David Avidan’s poem “Harechovot mamirim l’at” (“and to the city, there is no beginning and there is no end.”), the signing of which she videotaped and projected onto the walls of the city’s buildings. These works will screen from April 15 through May 13.

Barrios_NudoDeNudos_Wilson Colombian artist Paul Barrios created Tres tiempos (Three Times), the title of which refers to visual transformation through material, deconstruction, and construction; in this piece, symbolic objects are seen being ritually buried in three different walls. Nudo de nodos depicts a curious mechanism that transports symbolic items to create relationships between different people. Objects appear as codes, but their interpretation becomes transformed. These works will screen from May 15 through June 13.

About Outpost@Armory

In late 2011, the celebrated artist- and neighborhood-centered organization Outpost for Contemporary Art was at a critical financial and administrative juncture. Rather than see the organization close, Armory Center for the Arts invited Outpost into the Armory fold with the aim of maintaining Outpost’s well-regarded programmatic vitality while augmenting Armory’s spirit and capacity to invent. Through focused planning and collaboration, a vision is emerging for melding Outpost’s international and community-based programs with Armory’s respected gallery and arts education programs.

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Moments In Time

MOMENTS IN TIME
22 NOVEMBER 2013 – 8PM
Joe Duffy – Ada Kobusiewicz – James Mattise
Brenda Miller – Emma Piper-Burket – Karen Vilchis & Ninfa Sánchez
Simon Welch – Zhu Xiaowen

A collection of new experimental documentaries from artists working around the globe.

danub_treasure Danube Treasure (2013) by Polish artist Ada Kobusiewicz, is an experimental-documentary video about the condition of the contemporary world with its focus on waste in Danube river.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 1.29.31 AM James Mattise’s As Best I Can Remember (2013) is a short portrait reflection on the life of Samuel Mattise. Using found audio recordings, the film reflects on 1900s American culture, World War II, and a family dairy business in Jermyn, Pennsylvania.

Cast opening shot Cast (2012) by UK artist, Simon Welch meditates on a group of anglers night-fishing on a French beach. Illuminated only by their small headlamps, this relatively ordinary activity takes on an otherworldly aspect, becoming an allegory for contemporary life.

sulymuseum1 A Tour of the Sulaymaniyah Museum (2012) by Emma Piper-Burket is a silent document of the sparsely filled halls of the museum of antiquities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

terminal_version5_cc Terminal Island (2013) by Zhu Xiaowen is a visual and psychological journey inside a recycling company in the port of San Pedro, where the world of material ends and restarts.

HopeOfSalvation_Ninfa Sanchez Hope of Salvation (2013) by Mexican artists Karen Vilchis & Ninfa Sánchez follows the celebration of a rural religious festival.

duffy In UK artist Joe Duffy’s LANDFILL (2012), space is mapped and land is filled, through the animation of gps data co-ordinates and interconnected narrative excerpts with trashpickers and members of squatter communities in the slums of Jakarta.

Landscape still 1 1024 Landscape With Two Women (2013) by Brenda Miller considers the language of knitting used in the construction of lace shawls and intarsia socks worked by two expert amateur knitters.

The MIA (Moving Image Art) is a project of video artist Alanna Simone to promote the work of artists who use the moving image. Every 4th Friday at 8PM, the MIA series screens video art, experimental films, performance art, essay films and animation from local and international artists at the Armory Center for the Arts.

MIA presents MOMENTS IN TIME

8PM – Friday, 22 November 2013
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Suggested donation of $5
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Lucid Streaming

LUCID STREAMING
25 OCTOBER 2013 – 8PM

Jean-Guillaume Bastien – David Jacques
Francesca Lolli – Marcantonio Lunardi – Jonathan Monaghan
Marko Schiefelbein – Ellen Wetmore


LUCID STREAMING is a collection of new moving image work exploring political, cultural, historical, and mythological themes through surreal, dream-like imagery from artists in the US, Canada and Europe.

2A_RainbowNarcosis_Monaghan Jonathan Monaghan (US), Rainbow Narcosis. A 3D animation following a headless lamb through a series of otherworldly environments.

I_can_You_can_1c Marko Schiefelbein (Germany), I can. You can. A woman speaks directly to camera, a tangled declaration of ideals all phrases scraped from advertisements.

CollectiveInvention Ellen Wetmore (US), Collective Invention. What would that grand Rene Magritte inverted mermaid painting look like as a performance with a real woman on a real beach and one real, dead smelly fish?

default_3 Marcantonio Lunardi (Italy), Default. A man sits at a desk with a phone in an abandoned factory, on hold.

Déjà-vu-1 Jean-Guillaume Bastien (Canada), Déjà-vu. A collection of dream-like images, five women share a sense of déjà-vu.

Abaddon-Francesca_Lolli-2jpeg Francesca Lolli (Italy), Abaddon. Explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop of the Irish Trouble in a disorienting ensemble performance.

master updated.1677 David Jacques (UK), The Irlam House Bequest. In the style of a developing documentary, a series of drawings describes a fictitious collective; an anonymous politico-cultural entity.
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MIA presents LUCID STREAMING
8PM – Friday, 25 October 2013
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Suggested donation of $5
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Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
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