Looking and being looked at in times of transparency: An Evening with Vika Kirchenbauer

New York City

Sunda, October 4 – UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

7:30PM. $9

This collaborative screening between UnionDocs and Dirty Looks NYC will feature 5 video pieces by Berlin-based artist and writer Vika Kirchenbauer. In her work she explores opacity in relation to representation of the othered through ostensibly contradictory methods like exaggerated explicitness, oversharing and perversions of participatory culture.

She examines the troublesome nature of ‘looking’ and ‘being looked at’ as well as its affective impacts on the individual in larger contexts including labour within post-fordism and the experience economy, modern drone warfare and its insistence on unilateral staring, the power relationships of psychiatry, performer/spectator relations, participatory culture, contemporary art display and queer representational politics as well as the everyday life experience of ambiguously gendered individuals.

After the screening she will be joined in conversation by Karl McCool from Dirty Looks.

Like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship, HD Video, 25min., 2012
Kingdom Come: Rituals (w/ Martin Sulzer), HD Video, 7min., 2014
Convenient, Sacred, Blessed, HD Video, 3 min., 2015
Please Relax Now, HD Video, 12min., 2014
You Are Boring! 15min., 2015

Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist and writer currently working and residing in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts in about forty countries including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar NYC Series, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, VIDEONALE – Festival for Contemporary Video Art and European Media Art Festival. Her work has won prizes at festivals in the United States, South Korea, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Norway, Slovakia, Poland, Bosnia and Italy.

She has recently published an essay entitled “Infrared Dreams in Times of Transparency – The Love Life of Drones and Other Western Cyborgs” (www.married-print.com) and has given lectures at institutions such as Goldsmiths University of London, the University of Copenhagen, the Berlin University of the Arts, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Academy of Arts Kassel.

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