How can or does humor—including more taboo sorts of humor—parry the grief or anxiety that can attend sustained efforts to confront the brutalities accompanying late capitalism? What are we grieving, and what is the relationship of celebratory, ecstatic making to our struggle, our mourning? What, if anything, characterizes the contemporary use of materiality, the body, and performance in video art, now that the context for this materiality has significantly changed, i.e. now that so much of our sociality is conducted online? What through lines can be drawn between some of the more irreverent, audacious video art of past eras, and work being made today? What are the various energies that flow between power, empowerment, pleasure, precarity, vulgarity, and laughter? How might we re-cast the whole idea of antagonism as some thing homeopathic, a kind of toxic corpus, a substance or cloud that we swallow, eat, incorporate? AFTERGLOW is an annual summer video event, curated by Harry Dodge and Aimee Goguen, that showcases wild, lewd, and sometimes mournful work in conversation with these questions, and offers four evening programs to video history.
Pieter Performance Space, 420 West Avenue 33, Unit 10. Los Angeles, CA 90031
I am delighted to have a video in the third evening’s Humble Pile program.