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Trauma, Performance and Documentation

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“Disaster images become pornography almost by default, anyway there’s no “honest” way to approach the place of trauma without being implicated in it somehow. This feeling of being implicated in the disaster and its’ aftermath has to do with the appearance of the diagram. The strange thing is that the diagram rears its’ strange head in a field it’s not supposed to be in, the predictable graphic software space. In an awareness that is already assuming (consuming) everything as an apparition or phantom effect; the pictorial sensational catastrophe is overridden, overwritten by something else, or something less.” – Christina McPhee

“Here's the trajectory or morphology of one aspect of my work, performance art. In the 1970's I did performance art. Performance art moved the location of the art act to the body rather than the art object. I did "punk" performances for video. The video space was a different location. Recently I've been re-visiting the video-performance but this time the location is on a video blog on the networks. I perform solely for what I can do in post-production digital editing. I sample myself and turn myself into a digital object/copy. This takes the site and location of the art and the body and digitizes it. In some sense it is both closer and more physical and at the same time more ephemeral. “ – G.H. Hovagimyan

“… To understand this language of sites is to appreciate the metaphor between the syntactical construct and the complex of ideas, letting the former function as a three dimensional picture which doesn't look like a picture. "Expressive art" avoids the problem of logic; therefore it is not truly abstract. A logical intuition can develop in an entirely "new sense of metaphor" free of natural or realistic expressive content ... Everything between the two sites could become physical metaphorical material devoid of natural meanings and realistic assumptions. Let us say that one goes on a fictitious trip if one decides to go to the site of the Non-Site. The "trip" becomes invented, devised, artificial; therefore, one might call it a non-trip to a site from a Non-site …” Robert Smithson

Trauma, Performance and Documentary: Christina McPhee in conversation with G. H. Hovagimyan
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 to 8pm

Multimedia artist Christina McPhee talks with G.H. Hovagimyan on performance, site, and 'bare life' in new media documentary. Now on view, McPhee's "La Conchita mon amour" is a study of debris flow and its aftermath, in photography, audio-video installation, drawing and interactive net. G. H. Hovagimyan's video performances update the punk rant aesthetic into live and networked media.

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Podcast will be available at Art Dirt Redux on Monday, November 20, 2006:

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