Barbara Lattanzi: A Teakettle’s Thermal Beings

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“A Teakettle’s Thermal Beings,” an evening of live performance and video works by Barbara Lattanzi, made between 1988 and 2014. The event is taking place as part of Microscope's series of “Imageless Film” performances in connection and collaboration with the “Imageless Films” series at Anthology Film Archives.

Lattanzi describes her performance A Teakettle’s Thermal Beings as a “material computation without a computer.” In this work, a cast shadow of a teakettle — created through a projection of a single blue video frame through a glass container filled with water on a hotplate — manifests “the self-organizing behavior of water forming structural entities,” revealing the complete transformative process of boiling water from static liquid to dispersing vapor. The artist will perform the piece for the first time since its debut in 2014 at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY.

Two earlier “imageless” videos by the artist, will precede the roughly 28-minute performance. In “Soma” (1988), a work in which the lack of imagery is offset by the use of text, Lattanzi focuses on bodily functions and processes. Composed entirely with black and white intertitles created on a 1988 Chyron analog/digital text generator — and accompanied by the soundtrack of F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film “Nosferatu” — the work intercuts descriptions of symptoms of illness or other ailments from three sources: a set of highly vivid archaic records; modern, more analytical medical texts; and various body-related jokes. Lattanzi says “these language-encodings of symptoms — Soma’s micro-narratives of pain — must be injured in their turn by the lexical confusion of jokes.”

In “Indirect,” Lattanzi considers the properties of analog and digital video and asks whether through the introduction of turbulent processes it is possible to interfere with and deteriorate the more stable digital frame. Whereas the disruption of an analog frame can be achieved electronically through feedback, Lattanzi uses an indirect method to achieve results in the digital realm. She, in effect, harnesses the blowing wind using computer-vision techniques — forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) — to map the wind’s changes onto the “moving fields of color” imagery.

Barbara Lattanzi will be in attendance and a Q&A with the artist will follow the performance.

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General Admission $10.
Member admission $8.

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Microscope Gallery - New York, Estados Unidos


Monday, July 11, 2022 - 19:30



Monday, July 11, 2022 - 19:30
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