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...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

DiVA: Digital & Video Art Fair - New York 3/10/06

This is the mega art fair weekend in NYC as everyone gloms on to the Armory show like barnacles on a whale. Went to check out DiVA for the first time on Friday night. The premise for this show is a bit odd . A couple dozen galleries are working to establish a collector-level valuation for video artworks, so they get together and rent out two floors of a hotel. To see the work, you duck in and out of bedrooms, with pieces projected over the beds, stuck in the shower stalls, etc. Every room has a different lived-in smell, and the whole scene struck me a a bit cramped and seedy.

Anyhow, here's what I liked:

video piece and prints by Alexander Reyna
Pablo's Birthday

video installation by Jongbum Choi
Walsh Gallery

lightboxes by Janieta Eyre
Christopher Cutts Gallery

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

ten years old

So I've had this site for ten years now. When I first put it up in the Netscapre 2.0 era, it was my crackpot idea of a band site. I thought that by tying the site contents to a wide swath of marginal, seedy and obsessive topics - moonshining, action figure collecting, cockfighting, vaginal fisting, meat cookbook anthropology - the site would pop up in searches like a weird piece of candy that would draw in oddball closet types who might get in to the stuff I was doing with music and so forth. The band is long defunct, but in retrospect the site is probably the most successful result of the whole project judging by the links and strange attention: Fox News contacted me to get a scoop on the cockfighting underground in NYC, collectors sent me bids on imaginary toys, the US Navy sent me a cease and desist threat, etc. etc. But I never really got a response on the face value of the content itself, which I still think is pretty hilarious.

Anyhow, I decided this week to noodle around with this blog server and converted my site over to a blog so maybe I'll back in the habit of using this real estate. I just moved back to NYC a couple months ago and maybe will have some projects worth reporting on this year. In the meantime, check out the haps at Monkeytown. cheers!