Daniel Steegman Mangrané, 16 mm, 16mm film, color, synchronized 5.1 digital sound; 5’26” (projection size: 230 x 172,5 cm); 2009-2011
Daniel Steegman Mangrané will be featured in our upcoming group exhibition, Suicide Narcissus, opening our 2013-2014 exhibition season on September 15, 2013.
From Mangrané’s website:
"This movie was shot in 16 mm film in the southwestern Brazilian rainforest, the Mata Atlântica. Following strategies of structural film making, 16mm plays with the footage roll used to film it as constitutive base of its form and content. A 16 mm film standard roll of 200 feet (60.96 meters) gives an approximate length of 5’ 33” (333”). That means 1 meter of film is consumed every 5.46 seconds or 18.3 cm. every second.
To make this work I modified a 16mm film camera with the help of the engineer Stefan Knauer: we built a special traveling car, replaced the camera engine and built a transmission system that allows the camera to move along a tensioned steel cable as a traveling rail while shooting the film. The special thing of this modification is that a single engine runs, simultaneously and to the same speed, the film on the reel and the camera along the cable. That is, the same engine runs and moves the camera along the dolly at a time, so that the two movements and the two “distances” are directly, mechanically and indivisibly connected to each other because of the mechanism:
each meter of shot film correspond exactly to a meter advanced through the woods, and the speed of this movement corresponds to the speed the film achieved inside the camera.”
For more information on all of his projects, visit www.danielsteegmann.info. His website is packed with documentation and insight - a valuable resource. Info on this project, specifically, can be found here.
10:40 am • 16 August 2013 • 15 notes
REN BEN 2013 AUCTION PREVIEW LIVE »> http://bit.ly/141YqRo
Advance bids being accepted through Friday, Sept 6, 12pm CST. For more information or to request a proxy bidder, contact email@example.com.
All proceeds benefit the 2013-2014 exhibition season and programming.
10:20 am • 15 August 2013 • 13 notes
This past Saturday, photographer, writer, filmmaker, critic, and teacher Allan Sekula, passed away. Sekula had a solo exhibition of new work, Polonia and Other Fables, at The Renaissance Society in 2009. The project positioned itself within the exhibition’s local community, focusing on Chicago’s rich labor history and particularly the large Polish immigrant population here. RIP 1951 – 2013.
[Image: Allan Sekula, Rye field with Smithfield pig farm in background. Weickowice, Poland, July 2009; from Polonia and Other Fables, 2007]
3:01 pm • 12 August 2013 • 6 notes
The Renaissance Society will be participating in Medium Cool, Chicago’s art book fair, this Sunday, Aug 11th from 12-8pm at Prairie Production, 1314 W. Randolph St. We’ll have a selection from our book store as well as rarities and b-sides. Stop by and say hello!
http://medium-cool.net/ for more info.
11:40 am • 9 August 2013 • 3 notes
Dugnad Video Night
Friday, August 9, 7-10pm
The Renaissance Society, 5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago
- Norwegian, from Old Norse dugnaðr (“help”)
- Idiomatically, the collective cleaning of communal space, a social-democratic ideal
- Solveig Øvstebø’s inaugural act as Executive Director of the Renaissance Society
Taking over the entirety of Cobb Hall’s 4th floor, Dugnad Video Night will showcase an idiosyncratic video archive solely the product of random, unfettered accumulation. Come and go as you please, while we screen orphaned media beyond the reach of YouTube.
9:24 am • 6 August 2013 • 8 notes
REN BEN 2013 AUCTION ITEM: Bruno Serralongue
Mr Gira Charles Binya, Juba, 12 juillet 2011
Série Sud Soudan
Ilfochrome collé sur aluminium, capot Altuglas (tirage ilfochrome 2012)
40 cm x 30 cm cadre 41 x 31 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Paris
Place advance bids on this piece and many others as early as August 15. Bidding will end Sept 7th. All proceeds benefit The Renaissance Society 2013-2014 exhibition season.
10:59 am • 31 July 2013 • 2 notes
REN BEN 2013 ITEM: Brendan Fowler
Shipper In Jail - 2002 Green Volkswagen Passat Wagon
Silkscreen on archival inkjet prints, silkscreen on frames, plexi
44 x 39 x 4.25 inches
Courtesy of the artist and UNTITLED, New York
Place advance bids on this piece by Brendan Fowler as early as August 15. Bidding will end Sept 7th. All proceeds benefit The Renaissance Society 2013-2014 exhibition season.
2:23 pm • 29 July 2013 • 46 notes
With our annual benefit art auction approaching, the coming weeks we will be featuring artworks that will be up for auction starting August 15th (via online bidding) and closing the evening of September 7th.
All proceeds benefit the 2013-2014 exhibition season.
Above: Jon Pestoni, Untitled, 2009; gouache on paper, 15 x 11 1/8 in; courtesy of the artist and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
10:49 am • 18 July 2013 • 2 notes