Sep 29th 2012

Vitor Butkus: Is That All There Is?


1136 N Milwaukee Ave.

Opening Saturday, September 29th, from 9PM - 11:30PM

On view through Saturday, September 29th

This relational art project by visiting Brazilian artist Vitor Butkus takes the form of a party. Come and have fun. During the event, the artist will be taking long exposure photographs, erasing and blurring the party goers. Those who attend will receive a copy of the images.

Vitor Butkus (born 1983) is an artist and art researcher currently working on a project with the Video Data Bank at SAIC. He lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His work deals with the borders between life and art, usually focusing on gender issues and autobiography.

This work assumes the situation of a party as an event that is performatively produced in a given space. Although the artist remains responsible for the audiovisual installation of the party, the event will be activated by the public and their relationship to the space and to one another.

The title, Is that all there is?, makes reference to a song written by American songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mark Stoller and made famous through the voice of Peggy Lee during the sixties. The song is based on the 1896 Thomas Mann short story, Disillusionment [Enttäuschung].

This piece is inspired by a Louis Daguerre 1838 eight-minute exposure of a busy city street. His resulting daguerreotype only captured the motionless: buildings, a tree-lined street and a single man having his shoes polished. Everything moving blurred into invisibility.

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