Charles Atlas and Mika Tajima (SOA '03)
Thursday, March 1, 7 pm
Prentis Hall: 632 W 125 St, Room 101
In conjunction with Charles Atlas' exhibition, The Illusion of Democracy, at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, artists Charles Atlas and Mika Tajima talk about their collaborative practices.
The Illusion of Democracy includes two video installations never before seen in New York, Painting by Numbers (2008) and Plato’s Alley (2009). Atlas exhibits a new large-scale video work, 143652, made specifically for this exhibition. Atlas is a pioneering figure in film and video; for over four decades he has stretched the limits of his medium, forging new territory in a far-reaching range of genres, stylistic approaches, and techniques. Throughout his production, Atlas has been consistently and deeply involved in fostering collaborative relationships, working intimately with such significant artists and performers as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima and the New Humans, Antony and the Johnsons, and most notably Merce Cunningham, with whom he worked from the early 1970s through 1983. Atlas will participate in the upcoming Whitney Biennial.
Mika Tajima's practice examines a range of disciplines including performance, film, sculpture, design, architecture and music as she is part of the music-based performance group New Humans. In 2011, Tajima and Atlas collaborated on The Pedestrians, an installation and film set that hosted a number of events. Her work has been exhibited internationally including South London Gallery, London (2011); New Galerie, Paris (2011); Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York (2011); Bass Museum, Miami (2010); Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2010); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); The Kitchen, New York (2008) and many more.
The XtraCurricular series: Throughout the year, artists and thinkers are invited to curate an evening of play and extracurricular events.