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Katia Kamali and Kuba Bakowski at Location One

Tue Dec 18, 2007 00:00 - Mon Dec 17, 2007

United States of America

Katia Kameli & Kuba Bakowski
in Location One’s Project Space
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday 12 December, 6-8 pm
on view 13-22 December 2007

Location One is happy to present new work by two artists participating in the International Residency Program.

With “Draft“, Katia Kameli continues her investigation into key issues that drive her film, video and installation practice, namely the construction of intersecting identities in a globalized world, hybridization, the notion of intercultural spaces and awareness of psychogeographical effects.

“Draft” is a cartographic installation. It is the preface of a larger project whose end result is a palimpsestic film. In line with Debord’s theory of “Dérive” -the early situationist practice of urban drifting- this “intermediate” installation presents itself as a non-definable urban map that includes video, audio and text inserts, as well as photographs. Scenes where cartographers, writers, poets, musicians, cinematographers, scientists are scribbling notes and writing potential scripts overlap with other images also shot by the artist. Kameli then reinterprets these texts by operating a double dérive. Shifting feelings of excitement and anticipation run parallel with anxiety and caution, combined with the realization that there is nothing new to discover but the limitations of one’s own experience and understanding.

Kuba Bakowski’s quasi bio-mechanical body of work examines the duality between real and artificial as generated by digital media, with an approach that is in part utopian and ironic, often tinged with a perverse sense of humor. For this exhibition, the artist creates “video machines” which produce distinctive audio-visual energy and that he groups under the title Nothing More Happens Than Has To Happen.

The Question is not so much where we are as when we are” features the artist as he attempts to surpass the physical limitations of his body by appearing on the Polish public channel for two months, every night after the day’s program has ended, exercising and meditating against the colorful background of the test pattern (TV Zero Zones).


Xu Tan:

Wed Nov 28, 2007 00:00 - Mon Nov 19, 2007

United States of America

Searching for Keywords
by Xu Tan
November 28, 2007-January 26, 2008
opening reception November 28 6-8pm

L O C A T I O N \_ O N E
26 Greene Street (betw. Grand & Canal)
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-6pm

Xu Tan’s work deals with the hidden motivations and intentions of individuals through a high-tech analysis of their vocabulary. Searching with Keywords is the New York leg of an ongoing project which the artist launched in 2005. The starting block is a series of interviews of different groups of people who are active in Chinese society. The interviews were then carefully analyzed, and Xu Tan has identified 100 keywords based on meaning (social values), frequency (repetition), sensitivity (political), and popularity (trendyness). These Keywords reveal much about the values and motivations of contemporary Chinese society, they give a pulse of the current social climate, and present an insight into the collective social consciousness of China.

The project will be unfolding simultaneously in Beijing, China, in Sittard, Holland, and in New York, through a website created specifically for this happening. Gallery audiences in New York will be invited to interact with the keywords, which are presented by means of four video projections and four computer stations equipped with laptops, video cameras, and Internet connections. Their reactions and input will be immediately transmitted through the website to the other venues where the installation is present.

While the artist is present in the gallery he will also conduct interviews of different people and the analysis of these interviews will in turn generate other keywords that will help reveal the opinions and attitudes of a western audience towards the current status of China and its role in the global environment.

Xu Tan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1957 and currently lives in Shanghai and Guangzhou. In the early 1990s he joined the “Big Tail Elephant Group” in Guangzhou with Lin Yinlin, Chen Shaoxiong and Liang Juhui. The aim of this group is to develop critical strategies for negotiating the rapidly changing economic and cultural life in China. He was among the first artists to participate in Location One’s International Residency Program in 2002, and his work has been shown around the world including P.S.1 in New York, Biennale di Venezia, Berlin Biennial, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia, Guangzhou Triennial, Taipei Biennial, De Appel in Amsterdam. Recent solo shows were held at the DAAD Gallery in Berlin, at the Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou, at BizArt is Shanghai.