DTAOT: COMBINE (Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty, All Over Again), 2006 at the Whitney Biennial
By Tony Oursler with Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Laurent P. Berger, Japanther, Todd Eberle and TRANS>
Curator: Sandra Antelo-Suarez



March 2, 2006 - May 28, 2006
Museum hours:
Wednesday-Thursday 11 am-6 pm
Friday 1-9 pm (6-9 pm pay-what-you-wish admission)
Saturday-Sunday 11 am-6 pm

DTAOT: COMBINE

 

Whitney Biennial 2006
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

Curator: Sandra Antelo-Suarez
Installation with video: Tony Oursler
Drawings: Dan Graham with Tony Oursler, Laurent P. Berger and Eugene Tsai
Photographs: Todd Eberle
Installation design: Laurent P. Berger
Recorded music: Rodney Graham
Recorded performing band: Japanther
Sound design: Bruce Odland
Puppets and direction: Huber Marionettes
Props: Eugene Tsai
Video props: Tony Oursler Studio
Video editor: Joshua Thorson
Script: Dan Graham with Teresa Seeman, Sandra Antelo-Suarez, Roger Denson, and Tony Oursler
Co-Producers LAB VOOM, TRANS>


DTAOT: Combine's video is in Hi-Definition video. A production of VOOM HD's LAB project.
Executive Producer: Ali Hossaini     Producer: Noah Khoshbin and VoomLAB.


Combine is a fusion of documentation and new video by Tony Oursler, special effects, text, sound and drawings by the artists. It is does not follow the linear nature of the puppet show but presents a new vision designed for a video viewing situation. This installation is designed to use two overlapping Hi Definition projectors to form a collage of images that extend the world of DTAOT.

Hi Definition is technology and production is provided by Voom.

TRANS> is a 501 c non profit which commissions artworks by contemporary artists and publishes TRANS>, a contemporary cultural journal.

ABOUT THE CO-PRODUCERS

LAB/ VOOM HD
VOOM is the world's first 24-hour channel devoted to experimentation and video art. The core of the channel is an outreach program that provides production support, including high-definition cameras and edit suites, to artists, directors and other creative talents. The intensely collaborative environment and total creative freedom offered by LAB has already directed some of the top artistic talent in the world. Participants include Robert Wilson, Zhang Huan, Winona Ryder, Brad Pitt, Robert Downey, Jr., Marianne Faithfull, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Juliette Binoche. During the course of 2005, LAB will announce partnerships with several major institutions that encompass the worlds of art, design, television, and academia. LAB launched in 2004 and is available in HDTV on the Voom direct broadcast satellite system.


The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art
The 2006 Whitney Biennial, the nation's signature survey of contemporary American art, will be organized by Chrissie Iles, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Philippe Vergne, chief curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Iles and Vergne will spend the rest of the year seeking out the most significant artists working today. The list of selected artists is announced toward the end of 2005. The seventy-third in the series of Annual and Biennial exhibitions inaugurated in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the 2006 Biennial will be on view from March through May 2006.

In naming the curators, Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney's Alice Pratt Brown Director, said, "Each Whitney Biennial is an historic event we anticipate greatly, and each is completely different from the past. Chrissie and Philippe are experienced, passionate, and deeply committed. Both are thoroughly familiar with the contemporary American scene, and their partnership will also bring a broad international perspective to the project as well as enormous insight, energy, and flair. It will be a provocative and powerful show of the best new work by emerging and established artists."

ABOUT THE COMMISIONER AND PRODUCER
TRANS>
TRANS> is a not-for-profit arts and cultural organization founded by Sandra Antelo-Suarez. Based in New York City, TRANS> attempts to locate itself in a transitional space and chooses arts and cultures as its subjects because it understands them as the real trans-objects of contemporary life. TRANS> is a flexible tool to design new cartographies, to subvert rigid codes, and to encourage unexpected dialogues. TRANS> believes in a tradition of multiple views and constant change. It responds to the immediate creative needs and urgencies of the times.

TRANS> has a publishing division, an exhibition space in Chelsea, and produces exhibitions in public spaces throughout the world.

Since 1995, the year of its first publication, TRANS>'s mission has been two-fold: to provide in-depth critical contextualization of contemporary art production while treating the book format as an exhibition site. In this latter function, artworks are specifically produced and inserted within a special section of the publication called La Oficina to politicize and democratize the circulation and distribution of the artwork. At this point the artists included in La Oficina, seem very well known to the professionals in the field but in most cases they were just starting to show or be recognized, i.e. Paul McCarthy, Janet Cardiff and Olafur Eliasson. La Oficina artists have included: Marina Abramovic, Cabelo, Bonnie Collura, Minerva Cuevas, Tacita Dean, José Antonio Hernandez Diez, Arturo Herrera, Sharon Lockhart, Ken Lum, Fabián Marcaccio, Paul McCarthy, Lee Mingwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Pardo, The Poetics Project: Mike Kelley and Tony Oursler, Marjetica Potrc, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Karim Rashid, Meyer Vaisman, Adriana Varejão, Andrea Zittel, among others.

In addition to offering first solo exhibitions to artists in New York in its humble exhibition space in Chelsea, TRANS> also commissions and curates offsite projects. Its recently commissioned project, currently in tour, Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty: Entertainment by Dan Graham and Tony Oursler with Rodney Graham, is a 50-minute rock opera puppet concert. In 2002, TRANS> commissioned A Smile Without a Cat, a fireworks project by Pierre Huyghe and Phippe Parreno at the inaugural night of Art Basel Miami Beach. Other offsite projects include Utopia Shelters by Anri Sala and Edi Rama and En el Cielo, an exhibition over the skies of Venice, both project at the Venice Biennial (2003 and 2001 respectively).

In all of these projects, TRANS> considers contemporary art production and culture from a pluralistic perspective and strives to create a venue for multicultural artistic exchange and experimentation. All of the TRANS> publications are multilingual (with writers published in their original language and translated either into English, Spanish, or Portuguese, the primary languages of TRANS>).

   
 
 
 
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