Still from Untitled, by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques de Cruz, 2011, DVD, 60 minutes, Color Stereo
A year after Transformer’s December 1, 2010 48-hour storefront screening of an edited version of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, screened in a direct response to the Smithsonian Institutions’ censorship of a similar work in the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibition, Transformer is proud to honor World Aids Day and Day With(out) Art 2011 with the presentation of Untitled, in collaboration with NY based Visual AIDS.
Transformer joins more than 63 arts organizations, community groups, major museums, and colleges across the US in presenting simultaneous, free screenings of Untitled, a new video work by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques de Cruz, and Encke King, featuring a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Un-spooling at multiple levels, the narrative flies between scenes of tragic brutality to kitschy humor, arch clips of laughter and ironic surprises while shredding traditional chronology. Many references - the title, short excerpts from Golden Girls and Dynasty, popular songs, and contemporary issues – nod towards Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ oeuvre, but the film is not an attempt to portray the artist; rather, it places the viewer “in his room”. In this way, the framing of the artist becomes a means to project any number of people, endlessly.
As part of our screening of Untitled, Transformer will be giving away a limited number of NOT OVER buttons with red ribbons that were created by A.K. Burns, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, and Avram Finkelstein for the 20th Anniversary of Visual AIDS’ Red Ribbon project. Untitled and the NOT OVER buttons are provided courtesy of Visual AIDS: http://visualaids.blogspot.com/
Seating at Transformer is limited. To reserve your seat to the December 1, 5:30 screening of Untitled, please click here. Attendance is free.
Closing out our Storefront Video exhibition, a subtitled version of Untitled will also screen on a continuous loop Dec 1 – Dec 4 in our storefront window space.
DC based journalist Kriston Capps writes about the one-year anniversary of Transformer's response to the Smithsonian's censorship of David Wojnarowicz's video work A Fire in My Belly, Lisa Marie Thalhammer's Wojnarowicz Mask in the upcoming 8th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party on November 18, and our current Storefront Video exhibition. Read the full article in the City Paper detailing the connection of these Transformer actions & programs: