See What You Will: Free Screening – Friday, May 23rd

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See What You Will

a screening

Friday, May 23, 7:30 PM @  Purchase UnionDocs
322 Union Ave
Free + Open to the Public

Gregory Bennet
R. Luke Dubois
Andrés Duque
Basim Magdy
Jesse Mclean
Matthew Ostrowski

A researcher, a programmer, an animator, a photographer, a storyteller, a documentary filmmaker,  and figurative artist were asked to curate a project together. Representing a thirty year age spectrum, and coming from  the close reaches of Brooklyn to the distant reaches of Palestine, what these seven distinct artists  have in common is that they have been working alongside each other for the past eight months as participants in the new, immersive Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA Program (DIAP) in NYC. When they put their heads together, what did they see?

Presented in the form of a screening, the range of videos and media projects collectively selected provide insight into the human mind’s extraordinary tendency to assign significant meaning to random or indiscriminate articles and events. The works investigate a built-in drive towards the spiritual, a tendency for all of us tosee what we will as we brace ourselves against the madness of chaos. These works make us think about how subjective perception, via an innate function of moderate to extreme self-delusion, combats a sense of alienation and crisis inherent to human experience, a sense that we seek to resolve as we pave our way through the hyper stimuli of a technologically advancing civilization.  

Organized by Basel Abbas, Ben Retig, Phyllis Bulkin, Lehrer, Michelle Levy, Michael Paris Mazzeo, Marianna de Nadal, and Laura Schneider, with City College of New York’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA Program.


Buy Works included:

Gregory Bennet, “Dromosphere I” (2013)

Video. 8 min. 50 sec.

Gregory Bennett has a background in fine arts practice and moving image production and post-production, including 3D animation and visual effects.. He is currently a senior lecturer in Digital Design, School of Art and Design at AUT University, New Zealand. Bennett has received numerous awards and grants for his work, and his recent video series have been exhibited internationally including TEMP Art Space, New York, ISEA 2012 in Alberquerque, New Mexico, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, Georgia, USA. He was also an invited artist for Narracje 2013, Installations and Interventions in Public Space in Gdansk, Poland.  His work has featured in public art exhibitions including Auckland Art Gallery, TSB  Bank Wallace Arts Centre, the Gus Fisher Gallery, Artspace, Experimenta in Melbourne and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. His work has been screened at film festivals throughout New Zealand and is represented in the collections of Auckland University, Chartwell and James Wallace as well as private collections in New Zealand and overseas.


R. Luke Dubois, “Moments of Inertia,” 2010

Video. 5 min. 5 sec.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.


Andrés Duque, “parallel 10”, 2005

stereo 26min DVCAM.

Andrés Duque is a Spanish-Venezuelan filmmaker. He is best known for his film “Ivan Z” (2004), a portrait of the cult filmmaker Ivan Zulueta, which participated in dozens of international film festivals and received a Goya Award Nomination. Duque’s video works are situated in the sphere of the Spanish nonfiction, an uncertain and visible space outside the cinema screen, characterized by self-production, non-compliance to standard lengths and formats or generic hybridization. His work has been seen in over twenty international festivals like San Sebastian, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gijón, Mar del Plata, Viewpoint, Toulouse, Annecy or Pesaro, and on screens connected to the museum institutions: Reina Sofia or the CCCB in Barcelona and many more.


Basim Magdy, “13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World,” 2011

Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 5 min. 16 sec.


Cheap Basim Magdy works in many different media: drawing, film, installation, animation, sculpture, video, sound and printed matter. He is particularly interested in constructing narratives that explore the space between reality and fiction and what this means for science, history, global culture and the dissemination of knowledge. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, presented by PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine, and his work appeared in Intense Proximity, Paris Triennale, at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, and Transmediale, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, among other exhibitions. Additional venues at which he has exhibited include Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2013, solo); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (2011); Makan, Amman, Jordan (2010); Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2010); MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA (2010); DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey (2010); Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel/Muttenz (2009, solo); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain (2008); Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2008, solo); Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2007); and Art in General, New York, New York, USA (2004).


Jesse Mclean “The Invisible World”, 2012

order bentyl 10mg HD Video. 20 min

Jesse McLean is a media artist whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, and is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide. She received the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, the Jury Prize at the 2013 Videoex Festival, Zürich, Switzerland, the Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design at the 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Overkill Award at the 2011 Images Festival and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist at the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival. 


Matthew Ostrowski “atopia: levigation and apophenia”, 2011.

Live video.

A New York City Native, Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer in live electronic arts,having worked as a composer, performer, an installation artist for over 20 years, exploring alternative controllers, multimedia, and theater.  An unreconstructed formalist, he has had a continuing interest in density of microevents, rapid change, and using technology to stretch the bounds of perception and experience.  He has worked with a broad range of artists, from some of the world’s leading improvisors, to MacArthur-award winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb, to the Flying Karamazov brothers juggling troupe.  A recipient of a NYFA fellowship in Digital Arts, he has developed audio and video software for dozens of artists in interactive video, extended musical instruments, sound installations, show control systems, and interactive juggling pins.