Description: Timeline of nine framed images 24 x 24″ each. 18-½ minute video from Watergate Tape 342 presented on a miniature monitor with audio. Uher foot pedal used by President Nixon’s loyal secretary Rose Mary Woods when transcribing the Watergate Tapes using her Uher 5000 tape-recorder. She claimed to have created the infamous 18 ½ minute erasure in Tape 342 by pushing the wrong button on her foot pedal. Production 2008-10.
Krimiseries curated by Shauna McCabe
While the intensification of forensic detail in contemporary media has dramatized a resurgence of conviction in the infallibility of science, popular consciousness has simultaneously sustained a deepening skepticism of claims to objective truth. Within this climate of the ambiguity of empirical evidence and elusiveness of knowability, “crime-solving” has become a dominant cultural trope. The attentiveness to the documentation of experience and the potential for latent meaning has also been reflected in contemporary art. Krimiseries introduces a series of installations by international artists that offer ways of thinking about the nature of evidence, teasing open the space between signifier and signified. The projects of RAQS Media Collective (Delhi), Deimantas Narkevicius (Vilnius), Stih and Schnock (Berlin), Mac Adams (New York), and Susan Schuppli (London) take as their impetus a shared way of knowing, seeking to reconstruct contingent events using fragmentary evidence. Each work suggests lingering questions, subtly transposing the forensic imagination as methodology within creative practice.
For Reasons of State curated by Angelique Campens, Erica Cooke, and Steven Lam
The exhibition features artists who explore issues of public access to information in American society, focusing on the availability of knowledge to the general public and the censorship or misrepresentation that results from governmental and/or corporate influence.
Artworks by Bik van der Pol, the Bureau of Inverse Technology, Jenny Holzer, Lin + Lam, Mark Lombardi, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, Trevor Paglen, Ben Rubin, and Susan Schuppli prompt viewers to consider exchanging the frequently deployed phrase “need-to-know” with the more democratic “right-to-know.” Foreshadowing the upcoming presidential election, this exhibition addresses the ability of citizens to function as a democracy in the face of governmental secrecy.
The Rose Mary Woods Stretch (archival materials and video re-enactment)