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Weekly Watchlist: Blending Analog Traditions with Digital Tools

Mika Tajima brings the immaterial to the fore

Fascinated with the “immaterial labor” of film production—the constant behind-the-camera activity not visible in a final film—Mika Tajima created a fully-crewed film set for a series of “production as performance” happenings.

Tajima describes how the projects “point back to this invisible part of making things.”

“It’s really like it’s the studio and it just happens to be that there are people around while that’s happening.”

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Explore: Digital Landscape

Rachel Rossin in her Dumbo studio, Brooklyn, New York, 2021. Production still from the Art21 New York Close Up film, “Rachel Rossin’s Digital Homes.” © Art21, Inc. 2021.

Blending analog traditions with digital toolkits, the artists in our Digital Landscape collection capture the vocabularies of an increasingly digital culture, mapping subjectivity onto programmed landscapes.

Travel between the virtual and physical with Rachel Rossin, flatten perspectives of 3D models with Avery Singer, and tick through painstaking frame-by-frame erasure with Paul Pfeiffer in our Digital Landscape collection.

Explore Digital Landscape.

Four seasons, seventeen films

Across the winter, spring, summer, and fall, Art21 delivered seventeen new films in 2021 spanning themes global and local, individual and shared, fleeting and timeless.

From Nairobi to Beijing to New York City, our latest films gave a glimpse into the creative practices of seventeen artists, featuring:

Tanya Aguiñiga, John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, Firelei Báez, Abigail DeVille, Doreen Garner, Guan Xiao, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Loie Hollowell, Shaun Leonardo, Guadalupe Maravilla, Adam Milner, Wangechi Mutu, Michael Rakowitz, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Rachel Rossin, Salman Toor

Stream each film in full, along with nearly 70 hours of films from the entire Art21 library.

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A Convening and Concert Series with Carrie Mae Weems

Join Carrie Mae Weems and a cast of artists, poets, singers, dancers, thinkers, and scholars—including Art21 executive director and chief curator, Tina Kukielski—for Land of Broken Dreams, a multidisciplinary convening and concert series that will activate the Park Avenue Armory in New York City with conversations, presentations, and performances.

The series takes place Thursday, December 9 through Saturday, December 11.

Visit armoryonpark.org for tickets and a full list of participants.