Collaborative Duos- Part 1

The Present Tense was built out of Sandrine Schaefer and Philip Fryer‘s long time collaboration.  Because of this, we have always held collaborative duos close to our hearts.  Next month, LONG-TERM, a live art event curated by Sandrine Schaefer and Adriana Disman that features the work of various artist duos who investigate extended duration, will come to Toronto’s Hub 14.  In honor of this upcoming event and our sustained love of artists who choose to make work together, The Present Tense has revisited the archives to bring you a few videos from artist duos we have exhibited through the years.  To begin, we are sharing excerpts from Sandrine and Phil’s 17 year “Cicada Project.”  Then we revisit the Contaminate Festival to share Mari Novotny-Jones & Kristina Lenzi and Coach TV.  We also bring you JV‘s “Trapped” at the Seconds Festival, The Royal Najo Family at PT3 and Tomoko Kakeda and Joanne Stein at PT5.  Enjoy!

 

 

Sandrine Schaefer & Philip Fryer “Cicada Project” 2006-2023

Philip Fryer & Sandrine Schaefer from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Cicada Project 8.2010 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

3CiadasFinal from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Mari Novotny Jones & Kristina Lenzi at the Contaminate 3 International Performance Art Festival curated by The Present Tense & TEST 2008

Mari Novotny Jones and Kristina Lenzi @ Contaminate 3 2008 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Tomoko Kakeda & Joanne Stein  at PT5 curated by The Present Tense 2007

Tomoko Kakeda & Joanne Stein@ PT5 2007 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Royal Najo Family at PT3 curated by The Present Tense 2007

Royal Najo Family @ PT3 2007 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

JV at the Seconds International Performance Art Festival curated by The Present Tense 2006

JV @ Seconds 2006 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Coach TV at the Contaminate 1 International Performance Art Festival curated by The Present Tense & TEST 2006

Coach TV @ Contaminate 1 2006 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Taste: Zierle and Carter

In 2008, The Present Tense (in collaboration with TEST) had the privilege of screening the following documentation as part of the video program at the Contaminate 3 Festival.  This site-sensitive piece created by art couple, Alexandra Zierle & Paul Carter , titled “Spillings” took place in Buenos Aires at Plaza de Miserere.
Responding to the interactions they observed during their first visit to the city square, Zierle and Carter’s created a piece that commemorated the hidden inhabitants living in the area.   The square is located next to a railway station and well known for its crime. The action in the piece, leads the often unnoticed ones to the iron gates that encase the monumental tomb of the first president of the country.  “Spillings” utilizes the sense of taste to communicate between species in order to illuminate something invisible,  offering an opportunity to shift common perceptions of a place and celebrate its beauty.

 

 

Technology Doomed for Obsolescence- Ian Colon @ The Contaminate 2 Festival

We live in a society where technology is evolving to have fewer and fewer wires.  As our technologies become more mobile, they become more integrated into the rhythms of our daily lives.  Deep in The Present Tense Archives, we found a piece that used cords from an obsolete and nostalgic technology  to confront issues around voyeurism, surveillance, and ideas around the post human body.

 

 

Ian Colon “CHASING THE DRAGON”

2007

 

Ian Colon "Chasing the Dragon" 2007

 

For The Present Tense and TEST’s Contaminate 2 Festival, Ian Colon tied a video camera that faced behind him into his hair.  The camera fed into a television that he held inches away from his face.  He began to sprint around the space, navigating the environment only through the lens of the immediate past.  As the piece evolved, Colon increasingly grew disoriented.  His body reached physical fatigue as it tangled in the cords that hung from the television and camera.  This revealed the impossibility of sustaining the action, questioning the complicated relationships that humans of the 21st century have built and continue to build with technology.

 

Ian Colon "Chasing the Dragon" 2007

Technology Doomed for Obsolescence- Gabin Cortez Chance @ PT3

To begin our next series of Thematic Posts, “Technology Doomed for Obsolescence,” we are sharing a durational piece The Present Tense curated into our event, PT3 at Midway Studios in Boston in 2007. Gabin Cortez Chance installed himself at a desk in a small room in the performance space. He was surrounded by money strewn across the floor. On the desk, he had a pile of bank and loan statements, a computer, and amplified his cell phone so that the conversation he would have was heard throughout the space. He proceeded to call his bank and engage in a conversation that demystified the reality of what actually goes on with our money. Appropriately titled, “Gabin Takes on Banks,” this piece used humor to educate the audience and has gained a new relevance in the wake of the US Financial Crisis. “Gabin Takes on Banks” illuminates the absurdity involved in his bank’s lending structure, simultaneously addressing the obsolescence of human to human exchange via telephone.

Gabin Cortez Chance @ Present Tense 3 from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

Revisiting ROUGH TRADE

 

The Present Tense is gearing up for ROUGH TRADE II that begins in just 1 week.  ROUGH TRADE II is an exchange between live artists working in Boston and Chicago.  The Present Tense has selected 6 artists to represent Boston in a public event to be held at Defibrillator Gallery on September 7th and 8th,2012.  Defibrillator Gallery’s Artistic and Executive Director, Joseph Ravens, has selected a group of artists to share their work in Boston at MassArt’s The Pozen Center on September 21st and 22nd, 2012.

This exchange is designed to highlight and build bridges between the powerful communities of action-based artists that currently reside in Chicago and Boston.  In addition to the live events, The Present Tense will produce a series of interviews with each participating artist that will be featured here!  This will bring ROUGH TRADE II to an international audience.  To view details about the live events and learn more about participating artists, check out the press release.

In 2007, The Present Tense collaborated with Joseph Ravens to organize their first artist exchange.  This was such a successful collaboration that we decided to revisit it.  The Present Tense dug through the archives to share some of the pieces that were made during ROUGH TRADE I.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Noelle Mason was suspended from the ceiling and attached to a keg. As people drank throughout the evening, she was lowered to the ground. Mason created this piece both in Boston and Chicago. Due to restrictions of the space, Noelle had to use Root Beer in Boston. Needless to say, the root beer was not as popular as the beer she used in Chicago, but the Boston audience was happy to engage in other ways. This is footage from this piece.

Noelle Mason from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

 

 

Sandrine Schaefer unrolled 75 feet of red carpet over the duration of 4 hours, creating a red line across the space. Inside, she had speakers attached to her face that played a chaotic sound piece composed of American wrestlers challenging one another. The sound could only be heard by the curious who came close to her body.

SandrineSchaefer “Survival of the Fittest Part 1” from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

 

In this durational piece made in Boston, artist, Mouseman was installed with his head inside of a column for several hours. He recited information about mice organizing to overthrow human-created structures. The audience was invited to listen through headphones.

Mouseman @ Rough Trade I (Boston) from The Present Tense on Vimeo.

 

Play all three videos together to get a sense of the soundscape of ROUGH TRADE I‘s Boston event.

Currently, ROUGH TRADE II is made possible by the generosity of our immediate art communities  (we are paying for everything out of pocket).  Please visit the project’s Kickstarter to help us raise funds for this exchange!

 

Christopher Robbins @ Contaminate 3

The Present Tense takes the month of August off from posting on the archive.   This summer, we would like to leave you  with a video by Christopher Robbins that we screened as part of the Contaminate 3 Festival in 2007.

 

 

“I’d like there to be a story about a man who made a birdhouse big enough for him to sleep in,

and then dragged it to the ocean.  And I’d like that story to be true”-  Christopher Robbins

 

Come back and check us out in September.  We have a lot of exciting things planned…an artist exchange between Boston and Chicago, a live art documentation exhibition, more series, more interviews, and more features from our archive!

Happy Summer!