Data : Salon XXIII
26 February 2014, 19:00 - 22:00
- MONIKA BERENYI
- PETER REDECOPP
The politics of the Roosevelt administration (1933-1945) and the achievements of the New Deal epoch were celebrated in the official American discourse, most notably by way of a photographic statement—an ideal America presented as a panoramic portrait. “American Document” suggests a creative manipulation of the archived photographic material to highlight the ways in which a socialism of the State was imposed on the citizen population to the detriment of the individual’s freedom. The documentary is presented as a web platform, based on a random algorithmic modulation. Its multilinear narrative structure is a translation of the archival reading by the artist. Monika Berenyi is a visual artist who works with dynamic new forms of narration and transmission. She is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University, the University of Toronto, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and Accademia D'Arte Firenze, her work is internationally recognized and she teaches Art History at the University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum.
For Peter Redecopp, “Assemblances” signifies both “resemblance” and “assemblage”. With a computer algorithm, each portrait of the series of photographs constructs itself through multiple images. Various movements and angles shifts occur as a result of the temporal juxtaposition, rendering the subject abstract while, in contrast, the image background remains static. Between consonance and dissonance, “Assemblances” questions the construction of identity. The artist explores saturation, deformation and incoherence all the while preserving an underlying structure. Peter Redecopp is a Media Artist & Experimental Musician currently based in Calgary. He often uses ideas of signal and noise, repetition and aggregation as both thematic and formal inspiration for his work. He organized a monthly experimental music series for a number of years. In the past he has given lectures on the relationship between new media and art discourse at multiple post-secondary institutions and artist-run organizations across Canada.