2012, 2015, 2016
New York, London, Ellis Island.
Public art projection
WATERSHED will be a pioneering new media technology work that is collaboration with scientists and with politicians, a way to further the role of artist as social activist. WATERSHED confronts the viewer with the scientific narrative of climate change in the form of integrated text and live footage of the polar icecap melts in Greenland. Through its arresting beauty, it provides an uplifting, immersive experience. The images in the video are frenzied fish in flooding. I will use local fish in the video as well as the existing near extinct Piracuru fish that I shot in Colombia, South America.
9mins 35sec., Public Art Project by Karen Yank, Video by Nickolas Lormand
Junction Place Bridge and Plaza at Goose Creek, documentation of custom galvanized fabricated steel sculptures with some areas darkened with black patina, City of Boulder, CO
My use of these materials creates a new tactile presence, to my knowledge, not often seen in public sculpture at present. The custom galvanizing depicts an organic marble type finish unique in metal works. The silver is light and bright, but not too reflective, while the black is dark and rich yet very natural. This process of metal work is incredibly durable, coating the sculptures inside and out, requiring virtually no maintenance. My design features circular shapes reflecting the overall curvilinear lines seen in the overlooks, retaining walls and pavement patterning throughout the plaza, while echoing the arc ways of the historical train depot itself. I like to incorporate circular images and intersecting lines into my sculptural works because of their rich thematic reference through history. My curvilinear sculptures tumble or roll across the abutment wall creating a sense of energy and motion which also mimicking transit vehicles such as bicycles, cars, trains but most importantly, the flow pattern of the currents of Goose Creek. My artistic concepts employed are elegant and contemporary, “of its’ time”, keeping with the larger aesthetic for this entire project.
TRT: 1 hour, 25 minutes; New York, NY; single channel video with sound.
A durational piece that proceeds in real time, Bli Neder (Hebrew meaning “without a promise”) was completed with the assistance and collective input of a small group of my video students at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate women’s college. The conversation is unscripted, and the action, except for a minimal outline, unchoreographed.
Bang Geul Han
2m 38s, computer-based real-time video installation
The software behind this video installation aggregates headlines from Google News and Twitter in realtime, all of which include the phrase “Flood of...” The program then turns the headline into an endless video stream of a woman reading aloud the phrase by piecing together hundreds of pre-recorded word video clips.
10 Min. Yatoo (Nature Art), Wongol, South Korea. Performance
Digging a hole in the ground and half of "The Tree Frog" disappears upside-down into circles of sand that symbolize water.
06:17, filmed in NYC, HD video / 16mm / VHS
The Deaf Club is a recreation of a little known historic punk concert that was hosted by Bruce Conner in 1980 at The Deaf Club in San Francisco. In the late 70’s, the Deaf Club, an actual meeting place for the Deaf, became a venue for a growing West Coast punk scene. Bands such as The Dead Kennedy’s and The Misfits would play in a ballroom cum meeting room as the Deaf community carried on their own social scene, but also enjoyed the shows.
16' 13", HD.
The fist is a ubiquitous symbol, which has amassed myriad significance throughout the epochs of recorded time. Following its trajectory through historical and fictional narratives, the fist is the central character in the video piece. The History of the Fist inspects this history with a rhizomatic approach. The settings of a strip club, a cave, and a lab become stages, which act as portals through which we travel through time and space, conflating different iterations of our central character. Acknowledging references to violence, labor, social revolutions, and gender, we see the evolution of the fist coming into its own as a symbol – standing alone, severed from the body. The History of the Fist was co-produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (MoCAB), ARTIUM Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art and Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria.
Video in which my performance character, BENAVENTE, reads through a 2015 list based article in a contemporary arts publication
Single-Channel HD video, excerpt: 7m 45s, original: 41m 06s
This video contains a series of excerpt from a longer continuous work.
25 min, Dominican Republic, USA, HD video, English with Spanish subtitles
An experimental documentary that follows two parallel religious journeys, a long road and a long life. This film explores my relationship to art making and the roots of my practice. By juxtaposing documentation of a pseudo-pilgrimage trip I made in 2014 with an interview I conducted with my father about his life and work, I tried to illustrate the foundation of my approach to my own practice.
Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler
Duration: 11: 09. Choreography: Aitana Cordero Vico. Production: Family Affair Films. Supported by the Netherlands Media Fonds and NTR in collaboration with Cinedans
An abnormal phenomenon in an olive grove draws riot police to suppress the uprising. Winner Best Film, ON SCREEN festival, Oslo, Norway Winner Best Cinematography, WIZ ART International Film Festival, Lviv, Ukraine.
3:31, Washington DC, Digital Animation
Digital Sculpture inspired by my Grandma.
12:44; Detroit MI, Boston MA, Brooklyn NY, Chicago IL
"MY MOTHER HER HUSBAND 10 DESIRES" is an 11-channel video installation produced for the exhibition "I want You to want Me" at YOUNG WORLD Gallery in Detroit, MI. The channel presented is the main channel from the installation.
Documentation of the original installation at YOUNG WORLD can be found at http://matt-taber.com/iwantyoutowantme.php