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Dreamlands: Expanded

Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta’s Subverted Horseplay

Sat, Dec 17, 2016  7:30 PM

Artists Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta, former partners in art and life, reunite for the first time in over fifteen years to perform the final performance work of their collaboration as Mediamystics, which began in 1987 and continued for almost a decade. In this work, Subverted Horseplay, the mythology of “Cowboys and Indians” as derived from Hollywood movies and other mass media, is “subverted” through manipulations of the projectors and other interventions that alter and result in the opening of “these fixed iconic pictures to a shifting resonance within their cultural reception.” The performance, first presented at Exit Art in 1994, accompanied by the music of Circle X, also includes readings and a live mix of sound on tape by the artists. Together the pair, who resided in New York’s Lower East Side, created a body of influential and intense films and performances often highlighting the alchemical, transient, and mysterious nature of the filmic image. The program is followed by a discussion with the artists.

Dreamlands: Expanded is a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in collaboration with the Whitney as part of the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016

Tickets for this event are available for purchase here

Please note: 
All Dreamlands: Expanded events take place at Microscope Gallery, with the exception of Steam Screens and The Owl Flies at Twilight, which will both be presented at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.

Lead underwriting support for Dreamlands: Expanded is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation. 

Generous support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts' Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. 

Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Additional support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland. Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.

Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta, Subverted Horseplay, 1994. Courtesy the artists

Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta, Subverted Horseplay, 1994. Courtesy the artists