DVD Dead Drop @ The Museum of the Moving Image


I’m delighted to be exhibiting my “Pizzoetrope” project as part of a new work by my friend Aram Bartholl at The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. The exhibition opens this Thursday 8/16 6-8 pm, come check it out if you’re in NYC!

For this new commissioned work, artist Aram Bartholl (Berlin, b. 1972) has embedded an inconspicuous slot-loading DVD burner into the side of the Museum, available to the public 24 hours a day. Visitors who find the Dead Drop and insert a blank DVD-R will receive a digital art exhibition, a collection of media, or other featured content curated on a monthly cycle by Bartholl or selected artists. The inaugural show curated by Bartholl, HOT, presents video that is not video—software processes, system faults, code-generated vectors, manipulated computer games, and other works that achieve, analyze, reinterpret, and deconstruct motion outside of video.

DVD Dead Drop is a continuation of Bartholl’s series of offline file-sharing networks in public spaces. The original Dead Drops cemented unauthorized USB thumb drives into walls, buildings, and curbs, encouraging a “read-write” information ecosystem. Here the “read-only” DVD Dead Drop serves as an automated platform for dispensing digital culture to the public at any time, day or night.

A group show about video that is not video
Curated by Aram Bartholl
August 16–September 15, 2012

Participating artists:
0100101110101101.org (Eva & Franco Mattes), Constant Dullaart, Curating YouTube (Robert Sakrowski), Joel Holmberg, JODI, JK Keller, Olia Lialina, Jonas Lund, Rosa Menkman, Katja Novitskova, Niko Princen, Casey Reas, Evan Roth, Andrew Salomone, Borna Sammak, UBERMORGEN.COM