Chloe Bass performance-lecture "This is a Film"
This Is A Film (1.4) is a lecture performance exploring what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? In the images that come into each listener's head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story?
This Is A Film (1.0) premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Version 1.1 was presented at Temple Contemporary, Tyler College of Art and Design; Version 1.1.1 was shared with an intimate audience at Amherst College at the invitation of Macon Reed. Version 1.2 was presented at Triangle Arts Association; Version 1.2.1 (an excerpt) screened at BRIC Media Arts. Version 1.3 was presented in Berlin at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik and the support of the Association for Performance Art Berlin. This is version 1.4. Each new edit reflects changes based on the specifics of the venue or organization presenting the work, as well as straying further from direct description of the original pieces of footage.
This Is A Film is part of Chloë Bass' ongoing project Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, a study of intimacy at the scale of the immediate family. Previous projects have studied intimacy between a person and theirself (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 - 2013), and between partners (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 - 2018).
Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work investigates the potential of the everyday as a catalyst for intimacy. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Bass’s projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Kitchen and the Brooklyn Museum. Her work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.
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