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PLAY / LEIKUR
For one night only, two parallel screenings will take place at each side of the Atlantic.

Sunday February 9, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
at Soloway and at the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik.

Samhliða rennsli myndbandsverka beggja megin Atlandshafsins, aðeins þetta eina kvöld.

Sunnudaginn 9. febrúar frá kl 18:00-20:00
í Nýlistasafninu í Reykjavík og í Soloway í New York

Soloway
348 S 4th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Nýlistasafnið - Living Art Museum
Skúlagata 28
101 Reykjavík

Irina Arnaut

Irina Arnaut
Pernille Bisgaard
Hreinn Friðfinnsson
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir
Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson
Theresa Himmer
Meredith James
The Icelandic Love Corporation
Sara Magenheimer
Pat McElena
Shana Moulton
Curver Thoroddsen

Play is chance to try something at low stakes—often a rehearsal for more serious action. It can result in success or failure, something sensical or absurd; the key is that it can always go both ways. With video as a common platform, these artists break into language, systems, and rules as spaces in which to play—and ultimately encounter alternative realities of self and surroundings.

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Leikur er viðburður sem felur í sér tilraun, vettvang sem getur verið einsog leikvöllur, æfing fyrir eitthvað annað og stærra. Í leik má gera mistök og vitleysur, taka áhættur því spilin geta fallið á marga vegu. Listamennirnir sem taka þátt hafa myndbandsmiðilinn sem sameiginlegan útgangspunkt, nota tungumál, kerfi og reglur sem ramma til að leika sér innan. Niðurstaðan getur orðið stefnumót annarskonar veruleika sjálfsins og umhverfisins.

Image/mynd: Irina Arnaut, Working Title, film still

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Mannered Attitude
Screening Saturday October 27th from 6:00-8:00pm
Sunday October 28th 12:00-5:00pm

Works By:


Sharon Balaban
Ronnie Bass
Guy Ben Ner
Per Billgren and Lior Shvil
Dineo Bopape
Asa Gauen
Gyung Jin Shin
Jon Kessler
Pooneh Maghazehe
Nick Paparone
Christine Rebet
Michael Smith
Zefrey Throwell
Kara Walker
Rona Yefman

"Imagine a person, considered very smart, carefully plans on a certain day, and in a certain moment, to start singing backwards and dancing around for a limited time in the center of town.  Or imagine another person, who is very reasonable and incredibly smart, carefully plans to fly back and forth between two cities, writing just one word in each city, in order to complete a sentence.   
I could not find a better name to describe what I had in mind, and what these great video pieces are for me, than "Mannered Attitude.” Attitude describes the position: a playful act that is foreign to the context. Mannered behavior tells how considered it is; the means of freedom; and the opportunity to rebel within the roles of the culture game.

The idea behind this group of works is derived from the post-Brechtian position and circles around Winicote's "False Self" (as a cultural phenomena rather than "personal disorder"). The basic assumption is that we all live in a performative consumptive culture, where knowledge is an "open edge" structure. In this structure of the real, the positive idea of modernity is rapidly being lost to irritating new trends. The invention of our selves is harder every day. These inventions, and our creativity, are exhausted from attempts to cover our own voids.  We complete and stretch ourselves through consumption and change appearances throughout our short shelf lives.

Rather than trying to replace the passing trends this "Mannered Attitude" accepts the present as real.  It assumes that what is considered false and sick is true.  There is nothing beyond our present experience and time stretches unlimitedly and horizontally.  Heaven is a faded history in an exotic postcard and hell is a muscle car painted black with flames.  By accepting the limits of knowledge, and rejecting the idea of progress, the order of things can slow down to the point where spontaneous interaction is really possible.  

To some, it might sound like a pessimist’s proposal, but the opposite is true.  These small fragments of controlled actions are excerpts of freedom beyond reason: like a momentary performance in streets full of people, a radical upside-down TV insertion, or an interrupted musical video that simply makes you love. For me these videos suggest freedom, a position of joy, and a monumental momentary lapse of emotion.”

- Curated by Lior Shvil

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THE TWILIGHT MUSICS
Raphaël S. and Yasser E. of Artstepping

Performance: Friday, August 24, 7:40 PM
(Doors and Drinks at 6:30)

Please join Raphaël S. and Yasser E. of electro-improv group Artstepping for a special performance of "The Twilight Musics" at Soloway.

"Et je me demandais si je veillais ou si je dormais, - si c'étaient les pâleurs de la lune ou de Lucifer, - si c'était minuit ou le point du jour !"

"And I was wondering if I was awake or if I was asleep, - if it were the pallors of the moon or of Lucifer, - if it was midnight or the break of day!"

(Aloysuis Bertrand, Gaspard de la Nuit)

Additional information available at www.LiteraturePlusAudio.com

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CAROUSEL
Friday, August 3rd at 8pm

Soloway is pleased to host the latest CAROUSEL, a long running series of Cartoon Slide Shows and other projected pictures, created and presented by a wide array of writers, cartoonists, and other characters. Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

This episode features:
Gabrielle Bell
Emily Flake
Myla Goldberg & Jason Little
Danny Hellman
Matthew Thurber

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BAZAAR!
Saturday July 28th 1:00 - 6:00

featuring booths and work by:
George Raggert, Hayden Dunham, Josh Hart, Emily Auchinchloss, Graham Collins, Jennie Lee, Tova Carlin,
Marta Pierobon, Noah Dillon, Megan Kincheloe, Hannah Barret, Laurel Sparks, Sophy Naess, Carmelle Safdie,
Glen Baldridge, Louise sheldon, Sue Havens, Jessie Stead, Fawn Krieger, Munro Galloway, Pat Palermo, Branden Koch, and Annette Wehrhahn.
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O BONY ORBIT film screening,
Sunday July 1st dusk / 8:30PM

Soloway hosts an evening of backyard cinema presented by Jeanne Liotta. The program will feature single channel motion-picture work by Jessie Stead whose solo show "Ambient Lines" is currently on view at Soloway gallery.

O BONY ORBIT
Curated by Christina Battle & Jeanne Liotta for English Language Notes
featuring video c/o

Jeremy Bailey
Francis Alÿs
John Smith
Paola Morabito & Techå Noble
Jessie Stead
Steina Vasulka
Joseph DeLappe
Lasik

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PERFORMANCE: FOLIO as Part of the 2-UP show
Sunday April 29th 7-9pm

PAUL LEGAULT
will perform an improvisational country blues rendition of his
Translation Manifesto, with and/or without banjo.

COLLEEN ASPER and MARIKA KANDELAKI
will read from Hole: a collaborative-performative text, aimed at
destroying the forms of patriarchy enveloping our imaginaries.

CATHY PARK HONG
will read/perform.

JEN LIU and JANE BENSON
will present a piece about the indefinable present, through a
palindromic text score and shepard tones played on the 2 split halves of a cello.
Thank you AARON CAMPBELL.

MORES MCWREATH
will give a presentation, to dramatic effect.

(*RAIN DATE* Saturday, April 28, 7-9pm)

Over the past few years 2-UP has produced a series of poster publications. This has been the first group exhibition of the individual members' work in a gallery space. The exhibition is structured in 2 parts: a free newspaper that disassembles into 7 double-sided posters, and corresponding works in the gallery. Members of 2-UP participating in the exhibition are: Colleen Asper, Matthea Harvey, Christian Hawkey, Cathy Park Hong, Zerek Kempf, Benjamin Kress, Nathan Lee, Paul Legault, Jen Liu, Mores McWreath, Adam Shecter, Joe Winter, and Monika Zarzeczna.

For more information about 2-UP, visit: www.twoup.org

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Written by Snakes, Jude Broughan, Stephen Nguyen, Hanna Sandin, and Annette Wehrhahn
opening reception: Thursday, April 12, 6-8 pm
April 12 - May 19 2012

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The Dependent Art Fair, 2012
Saturday March 10, 12-8 pm 2012
136 Ludlow Street, NYC

 

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NEWS AND EVENTS 2011

Friday, November 4 at 9pm for a special live performance by artists Sergei Tcherepnin and Woody Sullender.

Considering music not only as content but also as social activity, the duo will construct a site for listening, touching, and direct engagement with sonic material. As objects and bodies are reorganized in space, musical and physical structures emerge and disappear. Provisional materials such as cardboard are transformed into arrays of tactile speakers which disperse the duo's live electronic music.

SERGEI TCHEREPNIN is a Brooklyn-based artist whose practice balances between performance, composition, and installation to explore the materiality of sound and its physical and psychological effects on the listener. He has presented recent work at Murray Guy, Diapason, CAC Brétigny, and The Showroom (London). He is Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room for 2012.

WOODY SULLENDER is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY working in audio related fields such as music, radio art, media objects, and installation, examining the socio-political aspects of sound.  Over the past decade, Sullender has emerged as a pre-eminent experimental banjo performer, exploring a range of identity politics while playing with and against the cultural baggage of the instrument. Recent work focuses on the gesture of erasure as a means to counter the increasing amplitude of the media landscape.
Among other activities, he teaches new media at various New York institutions and can be heard on the airwaves at WFMU. 

 

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SOLOWAY Grand Tour Low Cost at SPAZIO MORRIS
Curated by Paola Galio

September 29, 2011 - October 10, 2011
Spazio Morris
Via Crivelli angolo Via Luigi Anelli 8
20122 Milano

SHORT VISIT and Spazio Morris present: Annette Wehrhahn, Munro Galloway, Pat Palermo and Paul Branca, the founding members of SOLOWAY, an artist run gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NYC. For this exhibition, the artists will export the creative atmosphere of their space in Brooklyn  to Spazio Morris in Milan, featuring individual projects by each of the gallery members as well as a curated group exhibition of artists that SOLOWAY has exhibited since opening its doors in August  of 2010: Tomer Aluf, Rebecca Watson Horn, Michael Stickrod, Keith McCulloch, Jessie Stead, Bjorn Copeland, and Pam Lins. 

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Friday, September 2nd at 8:30
an evening of screenings and performance organized by J.D. Walsh

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Friday, August 26th at 8:30
Kurt Ralske and Miriam Atkin present Rediscovering German Futurist Cinema, 1920 - 1929

KURT RALSKE
MIRIAM ATKIN

"I see in the future a questioning of
the terms of the question; a reality
that admits it cannot hold; a desire
for Deathʼs opinion on life and the
despair at this impossibility..."
-- F.W.Murnau, translated by Miriam Atkin

The BACK-STORY: While researching German silent cinema in the archives of the F.W.Murnau Foundation in Weisbaden, Germany, in December 2010, Kurt Ralske unearthed several dusty, unlabeled reels of celluloid. They proved to contain abstract images of a type
previously unseen. These lost experimental films challenge the history of cinema-- and yet, given their content and origins, their existence now seems inevitable.

The HYPOTHESIS: The masterpieces of German silent cinema were enormously popular, internationally. However, the directors of these films, constrained by popular tastes, remained creatively unfulfilled. As trained artists and inhabitants of an avant-garde milieu, they developed an hitherto unseen experimental cinematic practice that shadows their more well-known work.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

F.T. Marinetti: Founder of the Futurist movement in Milan, Italy, 1909
Fritz Lang: Director of Metropolis, M, Dr. Mabuse
F.W.Murnau: Director of Nosferatu, Faust, The Last Laugh
G.W.Pabst: Director of Pandoraʼs Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, The Blue Angel
Siegfried Kracauer: Film critic and author of the book From Caligari to Hitler
Eugen Schüfftan: Cinematographer, special effects artist, inventor of Schüfftan Process

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Friday, August 5th, 8:30 - 11:30
Film Screening: Body Double and (TBA) by artist Jessie Stead

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Friday, July 22nd at 8:30
Sam Anderson and Michael Stickrod Present Michel Auder's "Keeping Busy"

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Friday, July 15th
Dani Leventhal and Brett Price present "New Shape/Take the square," a night of poetry film and video. The evening will feature poetry readings Nicole Wallace and Brett Price. The readings will be followed by screenings of film and video works by Dani Leventhal, Fern Silva, Vanessa Renwickand Annette Wehrhahn

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Sunday, June 26th
Light Industry at Soloway: screening Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's Chronicle of a Summer

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Friday, June 3rd at 7:00
Soloway is pleased to announce the publication of You Must Change Your Life, a reader compiled by Dushko Petrovich and Munro Galloway to accompany their exhibition. A wide-ranging collection of poems, short stories, essays, and other writings, You Must Change Your Life assembles texts from various times and places into a book-length collage that speaks to questions shared by the paintings and drawings in the show. To celebrate, we invite you to join us in the gallery on June 3rd for an evening of short readings from the book, followed by drinks and conversation in the garden.

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Paul Branca,Waitings, at Scaramouche
June 19th - August 12

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Friday, March 4th from 4:00 - 9:00
THE DEPENDENT Art Fair at the Sheraton Hotel