[Jun 21] Alexander Hahn: Indian Records

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This series consists of new videos produced during Alex Hahn’s recent artist residency in India, including the US premiere of “Antloop” and other singular acts. Recorded on a variety of openly wielded and concealed cameras, the pieces reflect a deeply personal look at a society obsessed with recording and archiving everything. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival.

[Jun 21] Alexander Hahn: Indian Record

Alexander Hahn
Fri, Jun 21, 7pm
Admission: FREE

Location:
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

This series consists of new videos produced during Alex Hahn’s recent artist residency in India, including the US premiere of “Antloop” and other singular acts. Recorded on a variety of openly wielded and concealed cameras, the pieces reflect a deeply personal look at a society obsessed with recording and archiving everything.

The electronic media work of Alex Hahn explores the evolution of moments from event to memory, to forgetting, and to fiction. The pivotal moment in the creation of the Indian videos occurred on the day he was traveling by car from Delhi to Agra. The road appeared to him like a carpet that unrolled in a constant process of amazing genesis. Dust, gunk and colors emerged from the fallow light and momentarily congealed as people, fauna, flora and commodities – instants of evanescent life, each beautiful and unique, all too quickly fading in the rearview mirror, leaving him with the unnerving challenge to capture it all with the camera.In Varanasi, a place famous for ritual cremation, the sense of transience also prevailed in things expected to last. The archive he visited was termite-ravaged. He salvaged a 1960s travel brochure, which would become the setting for “Antloop”. Under the forensic scrutiny of his lens, the riddled prospectus unfolds a murder mystery.

Alexander Hahn | electronic media artist | born in Rapperswil/Switzerland in 1954 | lives and works in New York | subject of many solo exhibitions, e.g: Harvestworks, New York (2012), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), Kunstmuseum Solothurn/Switzerland (2007), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg/Austria (2007), Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara/Italy (2007), Musée Jenisch, Vevey/Switzerland (2002), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein/Germany (1999), Kunstmuseum Bern/Switzerland (1997), International Center of Photography, New York (1995), Kunsthaus Zürich/Switzerland 1994), Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/Poland (1994), DAAD Galerie, Berlin/Germany (1993) | Select awards: New York State Council on the Arts Grant, Zurich Work Award, Swiss Federal Grant, NYFA Grant, World Wide Video Festival Installation Award, The Hague/The Netherlands, Festival International du Jeune Vidéo Grand Prix, Montréal/Canada, DAAD Berlin Fellow, Work of Excellence, Tokyo Video Festival

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