Live & Active

Live & Active

On View from July 18, 2008 – August 23, 2008

An exploratory and cross-disciplinary group exhibition focusing on the prevalent friction between states, psychologies and ideologies.

Featuring: Tom Bogaert, Hasan Elahi, Jessica Feldman & John Movius

Live & Active uses the exhibition model as an action-based and critical forum that focuses on current political situations and their effect on global society and the individual. Artists/Creators/Activists Tom Bogaert, Hasan Elahi, Jessica Feldman and John Movius use interventionist and interactive art practices to examine conflicted spaces in society in order to re-imagine artistic solutions, escapes and platforms for empowerment.

Click here to read the exhibition essay by Jessica Feldman.

About the Artists

Tom Bogaert documented genocide and human rights abuses in Africa and Asia for fourteen years for Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Five years ago, he resigned to become an artist. Tom Bogaert offers us a strongly uncomfortable mixture of tragedy and farce. On the one hand, he takes on immensely difficult subjects, including genocide, war and terrorism. The artist does not see his artwork as an extension of his human rights work, though it directly confronts the intersection of human rights, entertainment and propaganda. Given his background and history, an autobiographical reading is to some extent unavoidable.

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His current multifaceted project, Tracking Transience, was inspired by Elahi's experiences being investigated by the FBI. As a result of an erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities, he was singled out as a terrorist suspect. After undergoing months of regular interrogations and finally nine consecutive lie-detector tests, he was cleared of any suspicions. However, this experience lead Elahi to conceive a self-tracking device that constantly transmits and maps his exact location alongside his financial data, communication records and transportation logs. Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern in London, New York University, and at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Venice Biennale (Italy), the Kulturbahnhof (Kassel, Germany), and the Hermitage (St. Petersburg, Russia). His work has been supported with significant grants and numerous sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country/Spain.

Jessica Feldman is an inter-media artist with a background in sound, sculpture, and installation. Recent works engage primarily with issues of interactivity and intervention, addressing the tension between the inner and outer worlds and between the private and the public, motivated by an interest in communication and in dissolving the barriers of institutional- and self-censorship. Her work has been performed, installed and exhibited internationally at art galleries, museums, concert halls, public parks, city streets, tiny closets and the internet. New York venues include The Kitchen, Roulette, Monkeytown, The Museum of Contextual Amputations (online), the Flux Factory, The Stone, The Tank, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and outdoor locations such as bridges, sidewalks, streets, parks and passageways. Her work has received awards from the LMCC, the Max Kade Foundation, Columbia University, Meet the Composer, and the Experimental Television Center. She received an MFA in Inter-media Art from the Milton Avery School for the Arts at Bard College (2007), an MA in Experimental Music and Composition from Wesleyan University (2005) and a BA in Music from Columbia University (2001).

John Movius' photography and collages capture both the moment and an underlying tension or questioning as to what we are viewing and what are the implications and context of the image. Movius received a BFA in Photography & Imaging/Art & Public Policy for Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Select exhibitions include Hinterconti Gallerie in Hamburg, Germany (artist and curator), Cinders Gallery in New York City, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center and Holocene, both in Portland, Oregon. He has been a featured artist at the National Grassroots Media Conference and Guild the Lily website. He received the Daniel Rosenberg Travel Fellowship Award and has published his photographs in Far From It (2006) poems by Andrew Tillinghast.

Image Captions:
1. Tom Bogaert, Trojan Tart
2-7. Live & Active, installation views

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This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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