Capitalism doesn’t like humor. Jeanine Oleson intertwines craft, performance, video all with absurdist twists intended to highlight global capital’s alienating effects on our consciousness through materiality and labor. Her Creative Capital project, A human(e) matter, is now on display through August 6 at the Hammer Museum in LA as the exhibition Conduct Matters. More...
A human(e) matter is an umbrella concept comprised of performances, objects and videos concerned with global capital’s alienating effects on our consciousness through materiality and labor. With humor, pathos and an interest in craft and industrial production, this project forms parafictions that are absurd and dead serious. Jeanine Oleson is working with an ensemble in live performances and videos that enact compositions based on the idea of conduction that is material, musical, and social and referencing experimental music, physical labor and speech acts. A recent 3D video and related objects also focused on material transformation of copper and clay, troubling how images and sound are made and transmitted. An upcoming iteration includes a new video, performance, musical instruments, glass, weavings and images about absurdist production cycles and abstracted materiality. The video, shot in caves and mines in New Mexico, will follow a production cycle of copper into a wire factory and into a power grid.
Described in the press release as a look at "numerous experiences of the American South," the exhibition is refreshingly not a "who's who" survey of contemporary Southern artists, but instead a cross-section of some of the most exciting young artists working today, along with voices from the past, all affectionately approached through a regional lens. More...
A human(e) orchestra is an umbrella over a series of performances, workshops and a film with an ensemble brought together to enact various compositions that range from conventional music to physical labor to speech acts. Read more: creative-capital.org/projects/view/833
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December 2005-February 2006
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