Charles Atlas is a pioneering figure in film and video. Since the mid-1970s his experimental films, documentaries, broadcast works, multichannel installations, and live electronic performances have innovatively defined their mediums. A central aspect of his artistic practice has been deep collaborative relationships, particularly with performing artists such as Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Douglas Dunn, Yvonne Rainer, Mika Tajima and the New Humans, and many others. In his own words, “Although I have a deep interest in form and craft, the essence of my work resides ultimately in the relationships that develop with my subjects and my collaborators.”
Over the past decade, Atlas has become increasingly interested in live video improvisation: composing, editing, and projecting in real time. He will present an unfolding, weeklong live video environment punctuated by live performances with experimental musician William Basinski—whose haunting compositions often involve found and electronic sounds, repetitive loops, and documenting the aural disintegration of his earlier recordings on audio tape—and performance artist Johanna Constantine.
Free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Admittance is not permitted while performances are in progress, so please arrive early.