September 2 & 3, 2009, 8–10 pm
Arcade Experimental Art Projects
75B Aeschylou Street, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus

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Michael Bell-Smith Up and Away

Michael Bell-Smith, Up and Away, 2006, still from video, 6:40 minutes

Triton Gallery LLC presents Chimera (Χiμαιρα), a video screening curated by Chris Bors and Ketta Ioannidou as part of the program “At Arcade” at Arcade Experimental Art Projects / Stoa Aeschylou on Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3 from 8 to 10 pm. There will be a DJ after party on Wednesday, September 2 starting at 10 pm. Formerly a fake gallery that existed only on the web, Triton Gallery LLC teams up with Stoa Aeschylou for its first non-virtual curatorial project.

Featuring 18 artists from Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States of America, the two-hour video screening focuses on the concept of unreal narratives and alternate realities. The title Chimera stands for a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve. In Greek mythology, a Chimera is a fire breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail.

Allison Schulnik, Hobo Clown, 2008, 5:05 minutes

The artists featured are: Fanny Allié (France), Michael Bell-Smith (USA), Janet Biggs (USA), Christine Catsifas (USA), Georgia Della (Cyprus), Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib (USA), Timothy Hutchings (USA), Lisa Kirk (USA), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland), Lemeh42 (Italy), LoVid (USA), Tricia McLaughlin (USA), Sharon Paz (Israel), Demetris Roditis (Cyprus), Elina Roditou (Cyprus), Roland Schimmel (the Netherlands), Allison Schulnik (USA) and James Walsh (USA).

Janet Biggs Vanishing Point

Janet Biggs, Vanishing Point, 2009, 10:27 minutes

In Fanny Allié’s Animals, people behave like animals in public spaces after having roles assigned for them to play. Michael Bell-Smith’s Up and Away is a beguiling video of landscapes and cityscapes rolling down past each other at different speeds, creating an alluring fantasy of travel, place and nature. Janet Biggs’s Vanishing Point pairs a motorcycle racer speeding across the otherworldly landscape of Utah's Salt Flats with a gospel choir belting out a song in a visually and aurally transporting ride. Christine Catsifas’s Eclogues series are composed of public videos posted on YouTube featuring landscapes from all over the world. When layered together these elements depict a new, fictional location where ground and sky shift and the world is in motion.

Catsifas Eclogues

Christine Catsifas, Eclogues, 2009

Shot and created entirely in camera, Georgia Della’s aquatic Centrifuge combines human and machine to create an environment that is both part of and not entirely of this world. Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib’s The Soft Epic takes the form of a moving panorama to imagine the end of History — where Hollywood splendor usurps mythological and historical narrative in service of political authority and social order. In Timothy Hutchings’s The Celestial Spheres, scored by David T. Little, rectangles and circles bob gently off one another with suggestive organic movements. Lisa Kirk’s Revolution commercial, a mock advertisement for her Revolution perfume stored in a pipe bomb container, features masked male and female terrorists in a sinister love connection.

Kozyra summertale

Katarzyna Kozyra, summertale, 2008, 20 minutes

Katarzyna Kozyra’s summertale, a vibrant, 20 minute long video that veers between bucolic bliss and blood-splattered grotesque, is a theatrically staged fairy tale fantasy. Lemeh42’s The righteous killing of a beautiful fly takes inspiration from the ancient Greek myth of Icarus re-considered as a magnified metaphor. LoVid’s Mystery Solved — created with their handmade A/V synthesizer Sync Armonica — blends a romantic and aggressive approach to the preservation of data, signals, and memory. How Long Can You Stay Without Water? by Sharon Paz examines water as a mean of control, while the performers’ gestures move between domination and playfulness. Moai sculptures disguised as stone biker apes draw lines on the earth with their motorcycles giving birth to a grass creature in Tricia McLaughlin’s History of the World.

By using techniques such as pointing out mishaps, explicatory voiceover and canned laughter, technology comes as close as it ever has in understanding and reproducing humor in Demetris Roditis’s You’ve been 404ed. By defacing a sixties' commercial Elina Roditou’s video Beautiful explores the imposed concept of beauty and the way in which this concept is formed. Roland Schimmel’s animation Blind Spot III depicts optical structures or fields, in which the soft contours of shimmering haloes and hard edges of black holes pop up and meet. Allison Schulnik’s Hobo Clown is an abstract, psychedelic claymation that lyrically follows its forlorn misfit subjects into otherworldly activity. James Walsh’s lowlight swirl is an unedited abstract panorama of the city at night, made on the Brooklyn waterfront looking across to Manhattan.

Roland Schimmel, Blind Spot III, 2004, 1:48 minutes, sound composed by David Lopato

About the curators: Chris Bors is a New York-based artist and writer whose work has been exhibited at P.S.1 MoMA, White Columns and Envoy Enterprises in New York and Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg. He has written for Artnet, ArtReview and Artinfo. Ketta Ioannidou is a Cypriot artist based in New York who represented Cyprus at both the Alexandria Biennale and the Cairo Biennale and has shown her work at Sixtyseven, Heist Gallery and the Bronx Museum in New York.

For more information please contact Triton Gallery LLC or Arcade Experimental Art Projects.

Arcade Experimental Art Projects
75B Aeschylou Street, 1011 Nicosia, Cyprus
(behind Faneromeni High School in the old town)
Tel. +357 22 433 418

This video screening is sponsored by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd, Deloitte Limited and Ioannides Demetriou LLC.