In cooperation with ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, APA-B is kicking off 2019 with a Sharing Practices event with NYC-based conceptual artist Chloë Bass.
18:00 January 19 @ ZK/U Berlin.
You can attend for free, but seating is limited. Reservations are suggested. Email: The Facebook event can be found here. ZK/U Berlin’s address, here
Chloë Bass is a trailblazing artist whose work draws performance art together with urban research and documentary film. Her first book was just published in December 2018 by The Operating System. Her 2018 exhibition, ‘The Book of Everyday Instruction,’ was named one of the 20 best of the year in NYC by Hyperallergic. She is a recent Art Matters Foundation grantee for her outstanding social justice work. 

Chloë Bass / Information: 

This Is A Film (1.3) is a lecture performance exploring what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? in the images that come into each listener’s head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story? 

This Is A Film (1.0) premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Version 1.1 was presented at Temple Contemporary, Tyler College of Art and Design; Version 1.1.1 was shared with an intimate audience at Amherst College at the invitation of Macon Reed. Version 1.2 was presented at Triangle Arts Association; Version 1.2.1 (an excerpt) screened at BRIC Media Arts. This is version 1.3. Each new edit reflects changes based on the specifics of the venue or organization presenting the work, as well as straying further from direct description of the original pieces of footage. 

This Is A Film is part of Chloë Bass’ ongoing project Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place,  a study of intimacy at the scale of the immediate family. Previous projects have studied intimacy between a person and theirself (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), and between partners (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2018). 

This event with Chloë Bass is hosted at ZK/U Berlin in cooperation with APA-B‘s (Association for Performance Art – Berlin) Sharing Practices program.

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), is currently observing immediate families (Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, 2018 – 2020), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018’s include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Reviews, mentions of, and interviews about her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Temporary Art Review, and Artnews among others. Her monograph was published by The Operating System in December 2018; she also has a chapbook, #sky #nofilter, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press. Her short-form writing has been published on Hyperallergic, Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.


Information on this event can also be found at ZK/U Berlin’s website, here.

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