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LOCATION ONE: art - talk - technology - music


KATIA KAMELI and KUBA BAKOWSKI
in
Location One's Project Space


OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday 12 December, 6-8 pm
on view 13-22 December 2007

Location One is happy to present new work by two artists participating in the International Residency Program.

LOCATION ONE: art - talk - technology - music

With "Draft", Katia Kameli continues her investigation into key issues that drive her film, video and installation practice, namely the construction of intersecting identities in a globalized world, hybridization, the notion of intercultural spaces and awareness of psychogeographical effects.

"Draft" is a cartographic installation. It is the preface of a larger project whose end result is a palimpsestic film. In line with Debord's theory of "Dérive" –the early situationist practice of urban drifting– this "intermediate" installation presents itself as a non-definable urban map that includes video, audio and text inserts, as well as photographs. Scenes where cartographers, writers, poets, musicians, cinematographers, scientists are scribbling notes and writing potential scripts overlap with other images also shot by the artist. Kameli then reinterprets these texts by operating a double dérive. Shifting feelings of excitement and anticipation run parallel with anxiety and caution, combined with the realization that there is nothing new to discover but the limitations of one's own experience and understanding.

LOCATION ONE: art - talk - technology - music

Kuba Bakowski's quasi bio-mechanical body of work examines the duality between real and artificial as generated by digital media, with an approach that is in part utopian and ironic, often tinged with a perverse sense of humor. For this exhibition, the artist creates “video machines” which produce distinctive audio-visual energy and that he groups under the title Nothing More Happens Than Has To Happen.

The Question is not so much where we are as when we are” features the artist as he attempts to surpass the physical limitations of his body by appearing on the Polish public channel for two months, every night after the day's program has ended, exercising and meditating against the colorful background of the test pattern (TV Zero Zones).

In the Rockaway video loops, Kuba has extracted short video samples from BBC documentary movies about the nuclear arms race, and combines them with video footage of flying birds and planes filmed by the artist in Far Rockaway on a rainy and breezy day. Presented as small video-installations, these loops generate a strange and anxious atmosphere. “City pigeons 1,2,3,4,5” and the audio track result from video and audio manipulations.


About the Artists
Katia Kameli graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Bourges (2000) and received her post –graduate degree from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Marseille (2003). Her film, video and installation practice have been presented internationally. Based in Paris, her residency at Location One is jointly supported by CulturesFrance and Ville de Paris. 

Kuba Bakowski graduated with an MA in 2001 from the Multimedia Communication Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan (Poland). Based in Warsaw, his work has been shown internationally. His residency at Location One is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Poland - Program Operacyjny “Promocj Polskiej Kultury Za Granica”, the Polish Cultural Institute and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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LOCATION ONE is a not-for-profit organization devoted to convergence between visual, performing and digital arts in a time of rapidly changing technology. We invite artists from different disciplines and from different countries to work in our studios. We ask them to experiment with the new technologies of artistic creation, interaction and delivery. We urge them to collaborate in creating new works and give them virtual Internet spaces and physical gallery space to exhibit the results. Our goals are to foster the creation of new work, new forms of expression, and new capabilities in artists, and to advance new awareness in all those we reach.