For part one, eteam joins forces with Paul Amitai to merge history, fiction, documentation, and sci-fi through a performative reading of Amitai’s “In Between States” and eteam’s “Buzz Cut”. Independently published, both books explore the uncanny experience of observing foreign landscapes that are equally mundane and loaded with trace evidence from the past. It’s an exercise in “parallel storytelling” in which each artist’s overlapping images and text allow the audience to weave their own narrative through the counterpoint dialogue between the artists’ presentations. “In Between States” examines the relationship between two adjacent sites – a post-World War II displaced persons camp and a present-day corporate industry park located outside of Frankfurt. In 2012 eteam visited the towns of Mars and Moon Township in Pennsylvania. Their approach in “Buzz Cut” is documentary, positioning themselves as cultural anthropologists who view the towns as if they were simulated environments on the planet Mars and Earth’s satellite, the Moon.
Part two will approach the theme of disappearance through excerpts of eteam’s “Space Delay” a work in progress and a work about con-artists and online identities, “Track One” their shortest work to date incorporating yellow cabs in Taipei and Prim Limit, the life of a dumpster in secondlife. Additionally, ghost ships, motorcycle chases and airplanes will provide a frame of reference for this section.
Part three will be a discussion between eteam and Paul Amitai, with moderator Jim Supanick.
Since 2001, eteam (Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger) traffic in transience. At the intersection of relational aesthetics, the Internet and land art, eteam coordinates collective happenings and conceptual transactions between the earthly plane and the realms of the interweb, often reconstructed in digital realities, hypnotic video work, radio plays, or more recently novellas. Their projects have been featured at P.S.1 MoMA NY, Eyebeam NY, Transmediale Berlin, MUMOK Vienna, Centre Pompidou Paris, Neues Museum Weimar, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain. eteam’s videos have been screened at, The Taiwan International Documentary Festival in Taipei, the New York Video Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Biennale of Moving Images in Geneva. They have received grants from Art in General, NYSCA, Rhizome, Creative Capital, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and were residents at Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Smack Mellon, CLUI, LMCC, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. www.meineigenheim.org
Paul Amitai is an artist and musician who has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East, and shared the stage with legends such as Run-DMC and The Specials. http://paul-amitai.com
Jim Supanick is an artist and writer whose work has appeared in artspaces and festivals internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, PDX Festival, Apex Art, video_dumbo, and the Dia Art Foundation. His essays on film, video, and visual culture can be found in Film Comment, Millennium Film Journal, The Wire, Cineaste, and The Brooklyn Rail, exhibition catalogs, and with DVD releases. He has the received support from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation and NYFA for his criticism, and from NYSCA, the Puffin Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center for his video. He is a member of Synthhumpers, a quasi-musical collaboration with Josh Solondz. Jim teaches at City College, and is a member of the UnionDocs Advisory Board. http://supanickblog.blogspot.com