Mika Rottenberg gets the sweat flowing
Through a collaborative work by artists Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler titled SEVEN (2011), performers worked up a sweat before a live audience in an immersive sculptural installation.
Blending fiction with reality, the sculpture-cum-video-installation was activated by in-person performers who endured sitting in a sauna-like “Chakra Juicer” several times a day, where their sweat was collected and processed in a staged on-site laboratory. A video component depicted the transit of the extracted fluids from New York City to a rural community in Botswana.
“What art tries to do is take this abstract substance of being alive,” said Rottenberg, “and make it something that’s tangible.”
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15 films capture artists who find serenity in silence
While some artists fill their studios with noise and action, others require a certain quiet—an intimacy facilitated through stillness. Distractions must be set aside in order to tap into the deepest levels of inventiveness. For artists whose work and practices exist in this quiet, they tune their energies to develop environments that foster peacefulness for creators and viewers alike.
The artists in our Slow Unfolding Moments playlist find serenity in silence and ask us to press pause so we can find it too.
New educator resources for digital films
Developed to accompany films from our Extended Play and New York Close Up series, this special collection of Educators’ Guides are available individually, by featured artist, as free downloadable resources.
Our latest guide is designed to accompany the film “Alex Da Corte: 57 Varieties,” which captures artist Alex Da Corte at work on a series of 57 videos for his monumental installation, Rubber Pencil Devil (2018).
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