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Street Views
Co-curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
April 3rd, 5th, 10th, 24th and 25th at 7:30pm


Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.

About the curators of Street Views:
Paul Dallas studied architecture at The Cooper Union and filmmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago. Paul was a 2008 Schindler Architecture Fellow at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles where he spent six months developing a mobile sculpture that travelled from Hollywood Blvd to the US-Mexico border. In 2011, Paul worked as the film programmer for the BMW Guggenheim Lab, an event space in downtown Manhattan that served as a place for public engagement on issues related to sustainability, community and the future of cities. Highlights included a panel discussion with key figures in the No Wave scene, a talk about the future of the American city by David Simon (The Wire), a special presentation by filmmaker Charlie Ahearn (Wildstyle) and an evening of short films curated for the Lab by Red Bucket Films (Daddy Longlegs).

Anthony Titus is the founder of Anthony Titus Studio, an interdisciplinary practice based in New York City. His studio has been a laboratory for the exploration of ideas related to the contemporary practices of art and architecture. Over the past decade the studio has been responsible for numerous experimental projects, including built works, site- specific installations and exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Over the past decade, Anthony Titus has taught architecture at numerous schools including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and Pratt Institute. In addition to serving as a member of the faculty of these institutions, he has served as a guest lecturer and critic at institutions throughout the United States, including Cornell University, Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, Yale University, Art Center and SCI-Arc. Titus currently holds the position of Associate Professor, within the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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APRIL 2012
Tuesday,
April 3rd,
7:30 pm
  Street Views
Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.
Curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
  Street Views


Disorder
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Disorder

Huang Weikai, China, 2009, 58 min.
Huang Weikai's astonishing film compiles video footage from amateur filmmakers shot on the streets of modern day Guangzhou and creates a dystopic vision of urban life on the brink of anarchy.  Filled with surreal events and unbelievable encounters, Disorder is a city symphony film for the 21st century. Official Selection, HOT DOCS International Film Festival, Toronto

"Disorder is simply a gripping, stirring, occasionally shocking experience." Hua Hsu, The Atlantic


Preceded by the short film:
Incident by a Bank
Ruben Ostlund, Sweden, 2009
A cinematic tour de force, this stunning short re-creates a real incident in a single shot.


Q&A with Cathryn Dwyre and Chris Perry (Pneumastudio), moderated by Paul Dallas, followed by an opening night reception.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Cathryn Dwyre Start-up specialist and designer Cathryn Dwyre is currently Managing Editor of ViaBooks with a volume forthcoming from MIT Press entitled Dirt. Dwyre has variously been an art book designer and publisher, and has produced art books and chapbooks. Dwyre graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture; her current work moves between community development around landscape strategy, to writing and researching around the topic of Play. Dwyre is interested in the capacity of landscape design to influence community development, as well as using environmental signs and systems as drivers in the design of landscapes.

Chris Perry is a graduate of Columbia University where he completed a Master of Architecture in 1997 with an Award for Excellence in Design. Following graduation he spent two years working as a project designer for Stan Allen before founding his first design practice servo with three other partners in 1999. After twelve years of practice with servo, Perry recently co-founded his current design practice pneumastudio in 2011. In 2010 Perry was the Louis Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, an endowed chair position for which he taught an elective history/theory seminar and advanced design studio, gave an evening lecture at the School, and led a student trip to Paris and Geneva. Since 2000 he has taught design studios and theory seminars in the architecture schools of Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Rice University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, the University of Toronto, and RMIT in Melbourne. Perry is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rensselaer School of Architecture where he is Director of the Post-Professional Program.

 
Thursday,
April 5th,
7:30 pm
  Street Views
Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.
Curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
  Street Views


Hu Enigma
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HU Enigma

Pedro Urano & Joana Traub Csekö, Brazil, 2011, 72 min.
Pedro Urano's meditation on architecture and the human conditions is first and foremost a cinematic portrait of the University Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, a structure that uniquely embodies modernism's utopic project and its ruin. Urano's camera alternates between fluidity and stasis, juxtaposing tableaus of decay with the daily activity of a working hospital. Official selection CPH: Dox 2011, Copenhagen; In Competition, Toulouse Festival 2012, France
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Followed by a Q&A with Ed Keller and Carla Leita (AUM Studio), moderated by Anthony Titus.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Ed Keller is the Associate Dean of Distributed Learning and Technology & Associate Professor, School of Design Strategies. Designer, professor, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Professional: Co-founder with Carla Leitao of AUM Studio, an award winning architecture and new media firm that has produced residential projects, competitions, and new media installations in Europe and the US. They have participated in urban design and architecture competitions including MAK Vertical Garden; Turku Finland; UIA Celebration of Cities (National Award); House for Andrei Tarkovsky (first prize) and Museum for Nam June Paik. Academic research: Graduate design studios and seminars studying the connections between cinema, architecture, locative media, and digital game design. Taught at the Columbia University GSAPP from 1998-2010. In 2000-01, he was acting director of the GSAPPs Advanced Architectural Design MS degree

Carla Leitao is an architect and writer that lives and works in New York, USA and Lisbon, Portugal. She is the co-founder, with Ed Keller, of AUM Studio in NY and Umasideia in Lisbon. She has taught architecture studios and seminars in UPenn, Philadelphia, Pratt Institute, Cornell University and City College, NY; also co-taught at Columbia University, NY. Practice and academic endeavors focus on convergences of Urban Phenomena, Ubiquitous Cultures, Digital Communication and generation of political and cultural innovation. Publications include "4 Lines" (Akademie Schloss Solitude) and "City Fragments" (CBA). Projects include built and ongoing residential and institutional projects. Exhibitions and installations include "Suture" (SCI Arc and Tellic Gallery, LA) and "True Romance" (Sttuttgart, Germany) and Young Blood in Lisbon, Portugal.
 
Tuesday,
April 10th,
7:30 pm
  Street Views
Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.
Curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
  Street Views


Decasia
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Decasia

Bill Morrison, USA, 2002, 67 min.
Creative and destructive forces collide in Morrison's stunning collage of decomposing black and white archival footage, rescued from oblivion by the filmmaker's obsessive research, and transformed into an immersive cinematic landscape.  Here, the material of film becomes the site for an excavation of cultural memory and nostalgia. With an original score by Michael Gordon.

"Decasia is that rare thing:  a movie with avant-garde and universal appeal"
- J. Hoberman, Village Voice


Followed by a Q&A with director Bill Morrison and architect David Gersten (The Cooper Union), moderated by Anthony Titus.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Bill Morrison's films and videos have been shown in festivals, theaters, museums and concert halls worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art, Royal Festival Hall, Sundance Film Festival, Tate Modern, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has created films to accompany live performances of music by some of the most important composers of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Richard Einhorn, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award for the Arts, an NEA Creativity Grant, a Creative Capital grant, and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an Obie Award.

David Gersten is an architect, writer and educator based in New York City. He has been a Professor in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, since 1991, where he has served as Associate Dean under Dean John Hejduk and Acting Dean of the School of Architecture. He has taught studios and seminars at every level of the School's five-year program, as well as a series of seminars titled 'The House of Poetry' in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has held the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Chair and is a former Chairman of the School's Administrative, Curriculum and Admissions Committees.
 
Tuesday,
April 24th,
7:30 pm
  Street Views
Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.
Curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
  Street Views

Psychohydragraphy
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Psychohydragraphy

Peter Bo Rappmund, USA, 2010, 62 min.
Rappmund's singular film, composed entirely of single frame photography and a highly crafted sound track, is a hypnotic meditation on the hidden infrastructure of modern life and the secret life of the one element that makes it all possible.  Tracing the flow of water from the Sierra Nevada mountains, through Los Angeles and ultimately to the Pacific Ocean, the viewer tours interstitial spaces and experiences the physical transformation of the landscape.

"…the journey of an artist who wishes to show the inherent conflicts of our man-made universe while remaking it himself." Michael Joshua Rowan, ARTFORUM


Q&A with artist Sarah Oppenheimer, architect Wes Rozen (SITU STUDIO) and architect Uri Wegman (The Cooper Union), moderated by Paul Dallas.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Sarah Oppenheimer received a B.A. from Brown University in 1995 and an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University in 1999. Recent projects include MF-142 at Annely Juda, London; VP-41 at Art Unlimited, Basel; and Automatic Cities at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Mattress Factory among others. She is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship 2009, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 2007, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art 2007, an NYFA fellowship (in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures) 2006, and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship 2003. Ms. Oppenheimer joined the Yale faculty in 2003 and was appointed critic in painting/printmaking in 2005.

Westley Rozen grew up in five of the United States before settling in New York to attend Cooper Union in 1999, where he received a Benjamin Menschel Fellowship. In 2006, he pursued research in Copenhagen under a grant from the Danish Arts Council.  His interests in film, mechanics, and animation have informed components of projects at Situ Studio and teaching positions at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, the Aarhus Architecture School, Denmark and the Royal Academy School of Architecture, Denmark.

Uri Wegman received his B.Arch from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2008. He is the director of Folding Enterprises, a studio headed by the artist Sarah Oppenheimer, where he works on a variety of projects focusing on the exploration of light, perception, materials and structure through interventions in existing built environments. He is currently teaching first year Architectonics at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Wegman has also served as a visiting critic of design studios at Columbia University, City College, Pratt Institute and RISD.
 
Wednesday,
April 25th,
7:30 pm
  Street Views
Exploring our connection to the built environment through documentaries, narratives and experimental works.
Curated by Paul Dallas & Anthony Titus
  Street Views

Abendland
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Abendland

Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria, 2011, 88 min.
The title of Geyrhalter's visually stunning film refers to the land of night and his expansive camera records a panorama of the nocturnal life of contemporary Europe, where one population labors and another indulges in a paradise of leisure and where everyone's lives are mediated by technology.  Shot in over ten countries over a period of fourteen months, the film captures both the alienation and social interconnectedness and alienation of 21st century life.

"Mesmerizing."
Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice


Q&A with Artist Katherine Behar, artist John Menick, artist Emmy Mikelson, and artist Michael Oatman, moderated by Anthony Titus A closing night reception will follow the screening.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Katherine Behar is a new media and performance artist and is Assistant Professor of New Media at Baruch College. Her artwork spans interactive installation, performance art, public art, photography and video art to explore contemporary digital culture. Her projects mix low and high technologies, creating hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous. Ms. Behar's research interests include embodiment and technology, cyborgian ethics, emerging and obsolete technologies, and feminist media critique. Her ongoing projects include Disorientalism with Marianne M. Kim, andRSI with Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka. Disorientalism is a multimedia performance art collaboration that studies the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. RSI is an art and technology team that advocates for and designs irrational human-computer interfaces.

Emmy Mikelson is a visual artist and currently teaches at Pace University. She received her MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from the University of Iowa. She works primarily in sculpture and video as well as on curatorial projects. Her work has been exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ; DiVA Fair Miami and the Bridge Art Fair, London. She has curated for the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center; the lower east side gallery, NY Studio Gallery; as well as assisting with the exhibition and publication for the James Frazer Stirling retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art.

John Menick is an artist and writer based in New York. His work has been shown at PS1, New York (2000), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), CCA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2006), and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2010). His essays and stories have been published in Frieze, Art in America, and Parachute, among other publications. He has received a video fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a video production grant from the Jerome Foundation. He is currently a visiting artist teaching video and film at the Cooper Union.

Michael Oatman calls his practice 'the poetic interpretation of documents'. His collages and installations integrate thousands of found, modified and handmade components, including artifacts of material culture, painting, drawing, video, and food.  These architectural 'unvironments' have been installed at museums, public spaces and private homes. His installations are 'context-specific', and demand from him a total immersion into physical location, sonic/haptic realms, local history and the personal stories of those he encounters while working. He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad. Oatman received his BFA from RISD, and his MFA from the University at Albany.  He has taught at Harvard, UVM, UAlbany St. Michael's College and Vermont College.  He has been a visiting critic at RISD from 1986 to the present.  Since 1999 he has been a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Renssealer.
 
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