In her arresting videos, Sara Magenheimer mixes humor and playfulness with a sophisticated inquiry into language and meaning-making. Using visual puns, graphics, and text-to-voice computer programs, her work explores the slippery dimensions of communication. In “Seven Signs That Mean Silence” (2013), two disembodied computer voices describe in-between places where meaning hides. In “Slow Zoom Long Pause” (2015), characters meditate on the many ways language fails.
Sara Magenheimer (b. Philadelphia) has exhibited, performed, and screened her work widely. Recent exhibitions include White Columns, New York; Foxy Productions, New York; and Document, Chicago; among others. From 2004–10 Magenheimer performed in bands, touring extensively and releasing five records. She was the recipient of a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, a 2015 Artadia Grant, and the Prix De Varti at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Upcoming exhibitions include Art In General’s New Commissions in Riga, Latvia, and a solo exhibition at the Kitchen in New York.
2011–16, USA, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion
Presented in collaboration with Video Data Bank as part of the organization’s 40th Anniversary Year.