Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FGA's The Program : 2001-2009 a video show about judgement where the viewer controls the clicker

Gerald Davis, Kirsten Stoltman, Juana Valdes, Siebren Versteeg, Mike Wolf, Sasha Earle, Joseph Hardesty, CAR/David Robbins, Zac Lowing, Jay Heikes, Maria Alos, Lori Daniels, Jennifer Rochlin, Rosemarie Fiore, Carlos Ruiz Ruiz, Rebekah Levine, Vince Dermody, Max Hiller, Michael Dvorkin, Jennifer Schmidt, Adam Scott, Stefano Pasquini, Irena Tieri, Ipek Duben.

List of TV shows and other stuff:
Man Ray's Le Retour a la Raison; The Suicide of Primo Levi; AC/DC VH1 Behinf the Scenes; Korn; Triumph the Comic Dog in Connan O’ Brian; Chicago Comic Book Review; 1900 House; Max Hiller talks about communism and Rock ‘n Roll; Charlton Heston speaks for the NRA; Howard Stern vs Sinead O’ Connor; Gerald jumps off a cliff; The McLaughlin Group; SNL find the black people in the Nicks game; 20/20; Chicago Politics

The Program is a portable video exhibition modeled after television's well-known format. Artist videos are interspersed with regular shows, advertisements, and news. Nothing is related and context is replaced and replaceable at the click of a remote control.

In 2001 VHS was still the popular and affordable way to watch movies, save data and present video art. It also seemed like the logical solution to the money troubled artist -run curatorial machine FGA (a.k.a FUCKING GOOD ART). Our main goal was to organize a domesticated portable video show--one we could send people in the mail. We wanted an art exhibition that could compete against late night television, cable and Football Sunday.

In the end, it took four months to edit the five-hour video program. FGA presented the first prototype of The Program on Saturday March 31, 2001, in my two-bedroom apartment located on 1707 West Division Avenue. It was the perfect location: In the first floor we had Pizza Metro, next door to the Goldstar Bar and we were only one block away from the blue line. We expected only 20 visitors that night, mostly the artist in the show. The ones that showed up got a remote control, popcorn, coffee, beer, and a detailed menu with an essay by Marc Fischer. Some even got free copies of The Program. We made 25 to give away free of charge that night, a different number than the unexpected quantity of visitors that night. I counted close to three hundred-not bad for an apartment show.

From 2001-2004 The Program was screened in: Cueva Gallery, Milan; Art Chicago 02; Waiting Room Gallery, Minneapolis; ONI Gallery, Boston; Bronx River Art Center, NY; Museo de las Americas, Puerto Rico. Close to four hundred copies were distributed freely in three years. All the copies were home-made, with four raggedy VHS machines. People were also encouraged to make their own copies, edit alternate versions and to share them with others.

An officially blessed alternate version of The Program was edited by artist Stefano Pasquini in 2002 (exhibited at Sesto Senso Gallery in Bologna). New York based curator Rebekah Rutkoff also made a couple of adulterated versions she later presented in New York and at TBA Exhibition Space, in Chicago.

The Program makes its final debut as part of "Artist Run Chicago" at the Hyde Park Art Center. Make sure to go there and change the channel at will.

Also available at HPAC is VAULT:
A selection of ephemera, digital files, video, sound work and objects ( from past FGA collaborators and exhibitions) that will be available, permanently, for public browsing starting next Saturday.

Artist and objects included in the archives:
Jorge Castro's CLON; Photocopy Me (edition unknown); FGA fucking good art fanzine,
original Kinko made edition #6, ( reviews by Lori Waxman, Shane Selzer, Leah Finch, Nato Thompson, Michael Bulka); 19 full color postcards "GOTOPUERTORICOUSA" by W&N, edition of 1,000, (distributed at THE DAMS in Photo Miami and THE DAMS 2 at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón); "MYOB" stencil by Felix Agosto; Obsolete Shit issue 7, june 2008 by Stefano Pasquini; soundtrack from exhibition "What Future" at Circa Art Fair '08; "Repuesto Blog" zine ( with Terence Hannum, Matt Hanner, Jennifer Schmidt); "Crash Your Own" by LM Rodriguez; Andy Hall and Mindy Rose Schwartz "2 Sides" (released on Academy Records 1999) Poster with audio cassette and keychain; "Filler" (Michael Colligan, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Andy Hall, Matthew Hanner, Steve Lacy) Whitewalls #44, released on Academy Records 2002, (Double grooved clear vinyl record and insert); FGA #3, Sept 29 (reviews by Michael Bulka, Anthony Elms, Julia Marsh, Leah Finch); Poster for Studio Vetusta; Original postcard invite for the Stray Show ; Original art work for “Refurbished” soundtrack by Gardy Perez for exhibition "More Confortable and Better at Dogmatic"; Essay "Springtime in Minnesota" by Kasarian Dane (made for MAGAZINE at The Stray Show); FGA’s Top Ten over MCA’s 12x 12; and a selection of video works by Ozzie Forbes, Carmen Olmo, Lillian Nieves and Arnaldo Roman; selection of xerox flyers by Gean Moreno.

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