UnionDocs invites you to the closeding reception of Space Singularities, presented by Peephole Cinema and Microscope Gallery. The program will feature new works by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern, Andrew Lampert, and is guest curated by Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti (Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn). Beginning July 24th, the films in the program will be available to view 24/7 via the Peephole Cinema outside of UnionDocs until September 17th.
Reception and BBQ will start at 7:30PM on Friday, July 24th, and feature live music by the Brooklyn-based group Odd Rumblings.
Space Singularities (July 24th-September 17th)
Spacetime Singularities is a program of new moving image works made for the occasion of Peephole Cinema by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern and Andrew Lampert. The works, hand shot by each artist in the darkness – of a cave, a nightclub and on the streets of NYC in the wee morning hours – collapse sensations and sounds into a single focus viewing experience in which stalactites appear as sonograms, Kenneth Anger conducts a ceremony on the theremin, and liquid nitrogen tanks become ticking time bombs in the city’s rain-slicked streets. – EB & AM
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bradley Eros is a New York-based artist working in various mediums including film & video, collage, performance, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. Eros works have exhibited and screened extensively in the US and abroad including at The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum’s series “The American Century,” The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Andy Warhol Museum, MoMA P.S.1, The New Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Participant Inc., The Kitchen, Performa09, Arsenal (Berlin), Camden Arts Center (London), and The New York, London and Rotterdam Film Festivals. Collaborations include the Alchemical Theater, the band Circle X, Voom HD Lab, and the expanded cinema groups kinoSonik, Arcane Project and currently Optipus. Eros works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah Halpern works with 16mm film, collage on paper, 35mm slides, music and performance. Her work is largely focused on cinematic time and the active role of the viewer, and has been shown previously at venues including The Museum of Moving Image, The Kitchen, Participant Inc, Anthology Film Archives, and Microscope Gallery. Halpern holds a B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts from Bard College and was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2014. She works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Andrew Lampert makes moving images, photographs and live performances that deal with whatever he is thinking about, fascinated by or concerned with around the time of production. He has no single focus and is strategically inconsistent, which may or may not be apparent. Lampert has widely exhibited at institutions and festivals including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Gallery of Ontario, MoMA P.S.1, The Getty Museum, The British Film Institute, The International Rotterdam Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and The New York Film Festival. Musical collaborators have included Chris Corsano, Peter Evans, Okkyung Lee, Alan Licht and C. Spencer Yeh among many others. He is editor of the book THE GEORGE KUCHAR READER (Primary Information, 2014) and co-editor of both volumes of HARRY SMITH COLLECTIONS CATALOGUE RAISONNE (J&L Books, 2015). Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) in NYC distributes many of his works. Lampert works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Odd Rumblings is an electronic duo based in Brooklyn. “The tension between the holy voices and the sensual machines feels like watching an alien invasion from a church,” wrote 20 Jazz Funk Greats of their music, while Dummy Magazine has likened their sound to “eerie signals bubbling up from beneath, disrupting the earth’s crust.” Their debut EP “Thieves” is out now on London-based label Public Information.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Nearly two hundred years before the invention of cinema, the peepshow, raree show, or boîte optique—a closed box with at least one peephole revealing a hidden “view”—was a form of both visual entertainment and optical experimentation. Peephole Cinema, a “miniature cinema” collective, revives this unique viewing apparatus, along with the attendant tensions it produces between public and private, authorized viewing and voyeurism, and seeing and being seen.
Peephole Cinema features satellite projects in three cities: Brooklyn, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In each city, silent film shorts are screened 24/7 through a dime-sized peephole installed in a public location. Peephole Cinema Brooklyn is hosted by UnionDocs in Williamsburg and organized by Laurie O’Brien. Guest curators are chosen every two months. For more information, visit the Peephole Cinema website.