The New Museum and Bick Productions are pleased to announce the release of Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image , an innovative commissioning and publishing project containing 11 new art works in universal DVD format by 11 contemporary international artists: Francis Alys, David Claerbout, Douglas Gordon, Gary Hill, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist and Anri Sala .
Point of View , produced by Bick Productions (Ilene Kurtz Kretzschmar and Caroline Bourgeois) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, was conceived to make accessible the work of some of the most important artists working in video, film and digital imagery today. Produced as a publication in an unlimited number, Point of View is the first commercially available anthology of the moving image, serving as a point of entry to these new works, and as an ongoing resource for museums, universities and art schools around the world.
The Anthology consists of a boxed set of eleven DVD's, each containing a newly-commissioned work; an in-depth interview with the artist conducted by either Dan Cameron, senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, or Richard Meyer, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Southern California,
subtitled in six different languages : English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese; an image library of the artist's previous work; and biographical material. The initial print run is 1500 and will be available through the New Museum store and website, www.newmuseum.org .
Generous funding for Point of View has been provided by Executive Directors: Jumex Collection, Mexico, and Blink Digital, New York, and Sponsor: The New Art Trust, San Francisco.
Point of View Project descriptions:
Francis Al˙s, El Gringo (2003)
Running time: 4 minutes 12 seconds
In El Gringo, viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs.
David Claerbout, Le Moment (2003)
Running time: 2 minutes 44 seconds
Claerbout uses cinematic techniques to create a suspenseful journey through a dimly lit forest that reaches an unexpected conclusion.
Douglas Gordon, Over My Shoulder (2003)
Running time: 13 minutes 48 seconds
In this simple head-on shot, Gordon uses hand gesticulations against a white sheet to communicate violent and sensual emotions.
Gary Hill, Blind Spot (2003)
Running time: 12 minutes 27 seconds
A brief encounter in the street with a man in a southern French city that has a large North African population is slowed down, forcing the viewer into an intimate relationship with the subject and the shifting emotions in his face.
Pierre Huyghe, . 05 (2003)
Running time: 5 minutes
Huyghe's conceptual film references Andy Warhol's Empire State and pays homage to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters by incorporating the Devil's Tower monument made famous in the film. Huyghe splits the screen in half, creating a mood of suspense, as we wait for a correction that never takes place.
Joan Jonas, Waltz (2003)
Running time: 6 minutes 24 seconds
Jonas's performance piece, an homage to 18th-century French outdoor theater, incorporates mythology into its narrative alongside spontaneously occurring events.
Isaac Julien, Encore (Paradise Omeros: Redux) (2003)
Running time: 4 minutes 38 seconds
The stunning, color-saturated images that make up this work refer to the African Diaspora and the quest to find roots in a New World.
William Kentridge, Automatic Writing (2003)
Running time: 2 minutes 38 seconds
Kentridge's hauntingly beautiful series of animated black and whitedrawings brings viewers into the artist's unconscious, using surrealist techniques to explore the point where writing and drawing intersect.
Paul McCarthy, WGG (Wild Gone Girls ) (2003)
Running time: 5 minutes 20 seconds
Depicting a sailing party gone wrong, McCarthy questions the effects that violence and mutilation, both real and simulated, have on the viewer in contemporary culture.
Pipilotti Rist, I Want to See How You See (2003)
Running time: 4 minutes 48 seconds
Rist explores the macrocosm of humanity in a video, art, and music collaboration. A lyrical tale of a witch's coven is played over images of a person where each body part symbolically represents an area of the world.
Anri Sala, Time After Time (2003)
Running time: 5 minutes 22 seconds
The details in Sala's oblique and barely moving frame stimulates the viewers' visual and auditory capacity by forcing them to concentrate on a single puzzling image until its essence is revealed in an unexpected flash of light.