International Residency Program 2005-2006 – Group Show II

June 1st – July 29th, 2006

Leesa & Nicole Abahuni, Simo Alitalo, Andrew Duggan, Mayumi Nakazaki,
Trine Nedreaas, Yuki Okumura, Lydia Venieri, Wang Ya-Hui

On Thursday, June 1st, Location One opens its Summer exhibition, showcasing new work developed by resident artists from the USA, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Greece, and Taiwan who are participating in the Location One 2005-2006 International Residency Program. The show will be open to the public through Saturday, July 29th, 2006.

Featured works represent a diverse range of artistic approaches:

Conductive Agents by Leesa & Nicole Abahuni
The opening performance of this installation will include copper, people, video, liquor, and chocolate. The artists will create “conductive agents” utilizing copper materials and digestible information, in an effort to make contagious the interrelationships of conveyance, surveillance, and reflexive experience. This performance will be followed by a series of ‘actions,’ scheduled at given times during the course of the exhibition.
Encounters/Kohtaamisia by Simo Alitalo
A sound installation whose aim is to provide a “Muybrigean” break-down of wave mechanics, this piece consists of several loudspeaker “chains” that are suspended from the ceiling and connected to each other with steel springs. Low sounds are routed to the sub-bass speakers which cause the loudspeaker chains to slowly rotate in mid-air. The sound material consists of water-earth encounters and waves hitting the shore. They were recorded by hydrophones and underwater microphones buried in sand or placed underwater.
Act by Andrew Duggan
Theatre curtains, split-screen video projection with no sound. An actor sits in his dressing room, before the curtain rises, before he delivers his performance. His mood is solitary, reflective, internal. He is applying makeup, and his makeup is camouflage since the actor is a soldier. The work is about the relationship between the actor and his performance, the soldier and his battle, the individual and his actions. It is about how we present ourselves, how we are perceived and seen, it is about the culture of representation and the legacy of our actions.
Shifting Script by Mayumi Nakazaki
An installation with video and drawings that investigates the multiple forms taken by visual experience in relation to reality and illusion. The video consists of five scenes dealing with the subject of memory and information. The first four scenes (loop) are intended to be experienced in the cinematic context of a black box. The fifth scene, screened on a separate monitor placed outside the box, is presented along with works on paper that evoke the neural processing of memory.
Stalking Heads by Trine NedreaasThe installation consists of three video loops shown on separate monitors. Excruciating close-ups of televangelists; all words are omitted, leaving only the pauses between them. The breathing, gestures, and facial expressions of these spiritual predators become both sinister and humorous as they plead, sympathize and demonize to the camera and to each other.
Supersonic by Yuki OkumuraA video that features the artist teleporting to different locations throughout New York City. The instant dematerialization of the artist’s presence at one spot and his sudden reconstitution at another site is triggered by sneezes, as he breathes air in and out. This experience raises questions about the significance of material versus immaterial, of existence versus nonexistence.
The Last Conflict by Lydia Venieri
A robotic baby representing God moves in dialog with performance artist Adrian Saich who incarnates Nature. Venieri creates stories where dreams reinforce reality, and reality reinforces dreams. This evocative installation/performance bridges mythology, history, fairytales and daily life with humor and self-reflection, touching on issues of the human condition in present times.
Exchange by Wang Ya-Hui
In this two-screened video projection, the narrative is generated through a succession of images depicting personal belongings and objects that are dislocated from their domestic place of origin. The drifting quality of these objects signifies the artistÕs interest in determining where the confines of personal reality begin and end.

Location One is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the convergence between visual, performing and digital arts in a time of rapidly changing technology. The International Residency Program is a central part of its activities. It encourages collaboration by inviting artists from all over the world, and working in different media, to experiment with advanced technological tools and delivery systems, and to develop new work.

The residencies of the artists included in this show are generously supported by:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (USA), FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange), The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon (Ireland), The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Bergen City Council (Norway), Asian Cultural Council (USA), J.F. Kostopoulos Foundation (Greece), The Yageo Corporation, (Taiwan).