Whitney Biennial 2012 Audio Guide Playlist
This audio guide allows visitors to hear directly from artists as they discuss the thoughts, processes, and ideas behind their work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial exhibition.
MATT PORTERFIELD: Hi my name’s Matt Porterfield.
Putty Hill’s my second film. It’s shot in Baltimore, where I live, in this neighborhood in Northeast.
The fictional idea that the film is built around is that there’s been a funeral, or there will be a funeral—there’s been a death. A young man dies of a heroin overdose. The film is built in the two days before his funeral, so family and friends are gathered, thinking about his life.
We have these documentary style interviews that pepper the film, or interrupt the fictive scenes. And in these interviews, the cast, who are performing throughout as versions of themselves, are asked questions by an off-screen interlocutor. And the questions are both of the fictive world but a lot of the questions are sort of about their lives. And so that way we have a cast who are able to share their own stories.
We cast the film by holding open auditions over the course of a year and a half, at churches, museums, community centers. I did a lot of street casting, met people at bars.
It’s a neighborhood I just have a real visceral feeling for, and want to depict on film, because I think in a way this neighborhood in northeast Baltimore is–sort of normal. There are cities, communities just like it all over the United States–postindustrial cities.
I’m interested in sort of depicting the diversity within the American working class. I don’t think it’s done so well, or fairly, in American movies. So, I don’t know, this neighborhood seems like a really perfect template to explore that.
- 120 Oscar Tuazon
- 220 Thom Andersen
- 221 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 2212 Forrest Bess (by Robert Gober)
- 222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 2222 Moyra Davey (photography)
- 223 Moyra Davey (Les Goddesses)
- 224 Matt Hoyt
- 225 George Kuchar
- 226 Laida Lertxundi
- 227 Joanna Malinowska
- 2272 Joanna Malinowska
- 228 Laura Poitras
- 229 Matt Porterfield
- 230 Luther Price (films)
- 231 Michael Robinson
- 232 Wu Tsang (Wildness)
- 233 Frederick Wiseman
- 320 Lutz Bacher (Pipe Organ)
- 321 Lutz Bacher (The Celestial Handbook)
- 322 Cameron Crawford
- 323 Liz Deschenes
- 324 Nicole Eisenman
- 325 Vincent Fecteau
- 326 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 3262 LaToya Ruby Frazier
- 327 Dawn Kasper
- 328 Jutta Koether
- 3282 Jutta Koether
- 329 Kate Levant
- 330 Sam Lewitt
- 3302 Sam Lewitt
- 331 Andrew Masullo
- 332 Nick Mauss
- 3322 Nick Mauss
- 333 Luther Price (slide projections)
- 334 Elaine Reichek
- 335 Tom Thayer
- 420 Charles Atlas
- 421 Lutz Bacher (What are you Thinking and Baseballs)
- 422 Richard Maxwell
- 4222 Richard Maxwell
- 423 Sarah Michelson
- 424 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 4242 Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
- 426 Wu Tsang (Green Room)
- 427 Gisèle Vienne with Dennis Cooper, Stephen O’Malley, and Peter Rehberg
- 521 Lucy Raven
- 522 The Red Krayola
- 523 Georgia Sagri