Reprocessing Reality

06 Apr - 29 May 2006

Installation view: Reprocessing Reality, PS1, 2006
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Reprocessing Reality, a consideration of the relationship between the proliferation of documentary film and the escalating significance and prevalence of this genre in the art world today. The intergenerational and primarily European group of thirteen artists and artist teams approach documentary work through a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, film, and installation. Reprocessing Reality is on view from April 6 through May 29, 2006.

The artists featured in Reprocessing Reality are: Christoph Büchel (b. 1966 in Basel, Switzerland), Willie Doherty (b. 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland), Christoph Draeger (b. 1965 in Zurich, Switzerland; lives in New York), Robert Frank (b. 1924 in Zurich; lives in New York and Mabou, Canada), Philipp Gasser (b. 1958 in Chur, Switzerland; lives in Basel), Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi (both b. 1942; live in Milan, Italy), Eric Hattan (b. 1955 in Wettingen, Switzerland; lives in Basel and Paris), Mike Hoolboom (b. 1959 in Toronto), Rémy Markowitsch (b. 1957 in Zurich; lives in Berlin), Guido Nussbaum (b. 1948 in Muri, Switzerland; lives in Basel), Anri Sala (b. 1974 in Tirana, Albania; lives in Paris and Berlin), Ingrid Wildi (b. 1961 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in Geneva), and Uwe Wittwer (b. 1954 in Zurich; lives in Zurich).

Reprocessing Reality is curated by Claudia Spinelli. It was developed in close collaboration with the International Film Festival Visions du Réel and first presented at the Château de Nyon in Switzerland in the spring of 2005. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication in English, French, and German by JRP|Ringier (2005).

The opening celebration for Reprocessing Reality on Sunday, April 9 from noon to 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. Live musical and DJ performances will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition, P.S.1 will present a curator and artists’ walk-through at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 featuring Ms. Spinelli and Reprocessing Reality artists Eric Hattan, Philipp Gasser, Guido Nussbaum, Rémy Markowitsch, and Ingrid Wildi, as well as Jean Perret, director of Visions du Réel. This will be followed at 4:00 p.m. by a panel discussion with artists Mike Hoolboom, Willie Doherty and Uwe Wittwer about their approaches to documentary through film, painting, and installation. The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Spinelli and Sally Berger, Assistant Curator in the Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition website is available in English and German. It includes the curator’s introduction, artist information, downloadable high-resolution images and a virtual tour.

Reprocessing Reality is initiated and supported by Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland. Additional support provided by: Swiss Re, Swiss Roots and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

© Mike Hoolboom: still from Imitations of Life

Tags: Christoph Büchel, Willie Doherty, Christoph Draeger, Robert Frank, Yervant Gianikian, Eric Hattan, Angela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Rémy Markowitsch, Guido Nussbaum, Anri Sala, Uwe Wittwer