Marathon Screenings: Aliza Shvarts, Patty Chang & David Kelley

MARATHON SCREENINGS: Aliza Shvarts, Patty Chang & David Kelley
Sunday August 5, 2018, 6:30 PM
Roger’s Office
5827 York Blvd Building B Los Angeles, CA 90042

Aliza Shvarts will present two video works, Nonconsensual Collaborations, 2012-2014 (2016), and Shoot, 2016, followed by artists Patty Chang and David Kelley’s presentation of Spiritual Myopia, 2016. Both presentations will be accompanied by individual lectures. The evening will commence at Rogers Office, followed by a potluck BBQ.

Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar whose work deals broadly with queer and feminist understandings of reproductive labor and temporality. Nonconsensual Collaborations investigates the unmarked gendered dynamics of artistic collaboration, documenting a series of performances with other artists who did not agree to their participation. The second, Shoot, tells the story of how Shvarts wrote a performance proposal in 2012 to non-fatally and consensually shoot James Franco. Years later Franco visited the Whitney Museum, where Shvarts has a teaching fellowship, for a private tour. This 2 channel video juxtaposes text from the original proposal with now-canonical performance works that involve shooting, exploring the relationship between language, violence, and dramatic action.

Patty Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. David Kelley’s work is a hybrid of experimental documentary and ethnographic practices that make use of imaginary, choreographic and performative strategies. In their video Spiritual Myopia, the artists reveal the invisible labor and desire of the residents of the oil industry boom towns of Fort McMurray in the Canadian Tar Sands and the refining town of Port Arthur Texas. The two cities are terminal nodes of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline which would span the United States, linking them spatially in the same energy infrastructure and temporally in their different stages of a boom or bust economy. Borrowing its title from Alfred Stieglitz’s photo Spiritual America, Spiritual Myopia speaks to the nearsightedness innate to hypercapitalism.