Peaking, at Chez Bushwick

Peaking is a four-person exhibition of video by Janet Biggs, Heather Cassils, Molly Davies, and Andrew Sroka curated by Maya Ciarrocchi. I attended on October 17, 2009 at Chez Bushwick, in Brooklyn, NY.

While all the videos were impressive, my favorite was by Janet Biggs. A clip called ‘Performance of Desire’, from 2007. In this short video, Biggs cut shots of cadets from The Citadel practicing and then performing a drill using rifles with bayonets, with inverted shots of two synchronized swimmers practicing.

I think what I enjoyed about this film was the distant look of concentration in the cadet’s eyes. In one short clip he looked in the direction of the camera, but it didn’t quite register. I also liked the fact that the synchronized swimmers were in their underwater environment and if distraction was a possibility, they would be virtually immune, except that they had the added distraction of coming up for air.

If you’re interested, you can find a clip of that video on her website. Performance of Desire.

September 23: IxDA discussion

Received Sept 9, 2009

Join IxDA NYC for some interactive discussion and last-of-summer fun at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Look for our IxDA teal-colored balloons. Microsoft will also be on hand to hand out some goodies to promote the recent launch of Expression Studio 3.

No RSVP needed — the event is open to everyone! Show up, enjoy some tasty summer treats, and help us send summer off with a bang! Check out the Shack Shack’s menu here: http://www.shakeshacknyc.com

The event will start at 5:30 and go until we decide we’re done!