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.
GISELE VIENNE: I'm Gisèle Vienne.
DENNIS COOPER: I'm Dennis Cooper.
STEPHEN O’MALLEY: I'm Stephen O'Malley.
NARRATOR: The artists discuss their installation, Last Spring: A Prequel.
DENNIS COOPER: This robot, this mannequin, is speaking to the people in the audience of the piece, and saying, basically, "I know I look like a mannequin, but I am real. I swear I am real, and I swear I don't know how this happened. I don't know why I look like this. I don't know how this is possible, that you're seeing what you're seeing, but I am a real boy and I am really trapped somewhere, and you must, must, must come rescue me."
NARRATOR: Cooper wrote the text, and Vienne designed the doll. She worked with a special-effects crew to make it.
GISELE VIENNE: Then the doll itself, the body is done out of silicone and I wanted to have this very soft body, so the body itself can react to the movement. That means when it's breathing, the arm is moving or when it's shaking the glove puppet, the body can react that way because of the soft material. The head and the hands are done out of resin. And on purpose, we didn't want to have this doll super-realistic. We wanted still to look like a doll and to try to work on this uncanny relation we can have to something that we recognize as an object but we still have a strange relation to it.
NARRATOR: O’Malley made the music along with Peter Rehberg, and worked on the program to coordinate the doll’s movements with the light and music. He also designed the wall drawing that frames the doll, setting up compositional rules for other artists to follow during the work’s installation.
STEPHEN O’MALLEY: You'll see that the wall drawing has several hundred small drawings inside, actually. It's supposed to seem a bit naïve and sort of obsessive in the way that this kind of technical exercise might be for a young boy.
- 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