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    Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections

    Presented by at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    June 21 - August 20, 2012


    Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections

    A selection of nine projections by Artists-in-Residence shown in a continuous loop during open hours, highlighting a different work each week. Includes works by David Wilson, Ackroyd and Harvey, Lida Abdul, Cliff Evans, Henrik Håkansson, Su-Mei Tse, Luisa Rabbia, Dayanita Singh, and Melvin Moti. Learn more about these artists and their residencies.

    July 4-9 | LIDA ABDUL
    In Transit, 2008 / 4 min.
    A performance-based video staged in Afghanistan. It is a response to the spectacle of violence in war through the eyes of children.

    July 11-16 | SU-MEI TSE
    Mistelpartition, 2006 / 6:49 min.
    A slow travelling shot through a landscape of a row of trees, which appear like a musical score. Melancholy silence is broken by mysterious music. The notes are visualized one by one through illuminations in the mistletoe branches--the distant reflection of a lost tune.

    July 18-23 | HENRIK HÅKANSSON
    The 12th of Never (Extract from the Void), 2000 / 20 min.
    Made in the jungles of Trinidad, this haunting and enigmatic work documents the artist's attempt to communicate with insects.

    July 25-30 | CLIFF EVANS
    Empyrean, 2007 / 6:32 min.
    This film, which premiered at the Gardner Museum, creates a loose but provocative narrative around the subjects of power and population control, coded with interesting and often humorous subtexts. Empyrean's themes were developed through an absurd juxtaposition of both benign traditions and disturbing pathologies: wellness tourism, missionary practice, militaristic domination.

    August 1-6 | DAYANITA SINGH
    File Room Slideshow, 2011
    A digital slide projection of 41 black and white photographs from the File Room series shown as part of Illuminations at the Venice Biennale in 2010, and, depicting paper archives from across India.

    August 8-13 | LUISA RABBIA
    Travels with Isabella, 2008 / 26:30 min.
    A video composite of archival photographs collected by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1883 in China merged with the Rabbia's drawings and digital art. A fantastical construct, an enigmatic landscape created by cutting out, reframing and combining images and drawings, weaving two very personal journeys into one.

    August 15-20 | MELVIN MOTI
    No Show (2004) / 24 min.
    Making reference to a historical event that took place at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg during World War II, this film revolves around an exhibition, which only appears to the eye through a conscious act of imagination.

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