Primaries

Primaries, 2008
Three-channel SD video installation, color, sound
8:35-minute loop

“Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry” exhibition opened last Thursday. Until the closing of the exhibition we will be sharing articles about the artworks. This week’s article is about Katherine Behar’s video installation “Primaries” which dates back to 2008.

Primaries, 2008 Three-channel SD video installation, color, sound 8:35-minute loop

Primaries, 2008
Three-channel SD video installation, color, sound
8:35-minute loop

In Primaries the artist sets human bodies into a machine’s world, subjecting them to iterative movements and denaturalized conditions. Three circular projections rotate like slowly spinning disks, erratically gaining and losing momentum to sounds of churning fans and throbbing motors. In each, a seemingly weightless figure moves through a succession of contortions. The editing counters their actions, working against expectations of gravity and impetus. The primordial organic forms are constrained by the ambiguous space, making it unclear whether these exerting bodies are driving the system or being propelled by it.

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Performers: Nina Gaglio, Rich Logan, Sara Thompson
Special thanks: Constance DeJong, Brook Dorsch, Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, Nari Ward

“Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry” exhibition can be seen until October 16! 

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