phantom limbs

journal by Sam Zimmerman concerning new media arts in New York City, curated events at Monkeytown (the video dinner theater in Williamsburg) and his personal projects

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Scope New York, 3/11/06

This show is the real deal and you get the feeling that everyone is invested in making it fun. Ran in to a number of peeps, friends of friends, including...

Oliver and Alexis from Collective Eye who are releasing video art collections on DVD (they put out the first Lovid DVD). We rapped about the huge disparity in the valuation of video artwork: On one end you have galleries selling limited edition pieces for many thousands of dollars, taking them out of "circulation" and requiring artists to police who has access to their work to prop up the valuation. On the other hand, you have people like Collective Eye releasing album-like collections on DVD, boiling down to a couple bucks per piece to the buyer. I can't think of an art form that has ever had such conflicting models of value (anyone have ideas on this?).

Here's what I dug at the show:

Wendy Cooper Galley has a fantastic video called "Politics of the Self" by Aline Bouvy and John Gillis. Really hoping to show this at Monkeytown soon! These two artists are working in a wide variety of media and styles, really interesting from what I've seen so far.

Matt Zalla at Jack The Pelican Presents showed me cool videos by Tim Folland and Nell Stewart. Looking foward to seeing more work from their collection!

In the area curated by I was checking out some photo prints that turned out to be by my friend disneyNASAborg which was a fun hookup. I had not seen any dNASAb work for three years and he's got a good thing going on.

If you go to the show, wear comfy shoes...


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