This Is A Film (1.3)

Work presentation by Chloë Bass

January 19, Conference Room, ZK/U
Please note: You can attend for free, but seating is limited. Reservations are suggested. Email: board(at)aba-b.org. 
In English language.

This Is A Film (1.3) is a lecture performance exploring what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? in the images that come into each listener's head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story? 

This Is A Film (1.0) premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Version 1.1 was presented at Temple Contemporary, Tyler College of Art and Design; Version 1.1.1 was shared with an intimate audience at Amherst College at the invitation of Macon Reed. Version 1.2 was presented at Triangle Arts Association; Version 1.2.1 (an excerpt) screened at BRIC Media Arts. This is version 1.3. Each new edit reflects changes based on the specifics of the venue or organization presenting the work, as well as straying further from direct description of the original pieces of footage. 

This Is A Film is part of Chloë Bass' ongoing project Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place,  a study of intimacy at the scale of the immediate family. Previous projects have studied intimacy between a person and theirself (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 - 2013), and between partners (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 - 2018). 

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), is currently observing immediate families (Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, 2018 - 2020), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018’s include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her monograph was published by The Operating System in December 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

More information: https://www.chloebass.com

This event with Chloë Bass is hosted at ZK/U Berlin in cooperation with APA-B's (Association for Performance Art - Berlin) Sharing Practices program.
Through Sharing Practices, APA-B seeks to draw artists and audiences together to investigate the means of art making and to share in the processes, practices, and methodologies fundamental to performance-based artistry and artistic research. Chloë Bass, who works specifically on the theme of intimacy within the urban context, is an artist whose work interweaves the concerns of ZK/U and APA-B, and thus her work provides a basis for this initial cooperation between the two organizations.