Byproduct: Eric Fleischauer Curates The TV

Universal Paramount, photo courtesy of the Artist.
Universal Paramount, photo courtesy of Eric Fleischauer, 2010.

Eric Fleischauer: Relax + Watch 
Walnut Place Laundromat, Kansas City, MO 
Friday, April 26th at 7:00 pm.

Relax + Watch is a curatorial response to the laundromat environment, celebrating the atmosphere and unique viewing environment that emerges in this warm, fragrant, and dynamic space.

Soap operas and their melodrama, news anchors and their newsflashes, infomercials and their products, all playing on those always-on televisions with their off-color images and broadcast glitches.  These familiar characteristics are taken as the inspiration for a site-specific program of videos by artists who embrace, critique, and analyze this set of themes in various ways.

At the laundromat an ad hoc congregation engages in a particular mode of viewing, one that is more working than watching.  Lacking autonomy, this captive audience is subject to the prescribed stream of banal tv programming piped in to occupy  their splintered attentions. As the launderers wait, they share a durational experience, watching moving pictures in a communal space.  It is here that the laundromat becomes a sort of impromptu-cinema.

Prima facia this comparison might seem askew because many of the cinema’s distinguishing features are inverted:  dark––bright; big screen––small screen; escapism––drudgery.  However, one of the cinema’s most organic elements, the communal viewing environment, is not only still in tact but is expanded in nature. -Eric Fleischauer

Screening info:

Apple Computers Nick Briz, 2013

Branded by Darst Theo Darst

No Chick is an Island Emily Eddy, 2013

Ahh  Bora Kim 2012

BROKEN NEW: Disaster Lori Felker, 2013

[[ I’ll Show You HD ]]] Jennifer Chan, 2012

QTzrk_loop jon satrom, 2011

The Invisible World Jesse McLean, 2012

Surprise Video – like a orphaned sock in your dryer, this last video will reveal itself only at the end of the screening.

More info about the artist 

Eric Fleischauer is a Chicago–based artist, curator, and educator. Working in video, film, and digital mediums. Fleischauer utilizes conceptually–driven production strategies in order to examine the ramifications of technology’s expansive influence on both the individual and cultural sphere. His work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, threewalls, Interstate Projects, Rooftop Films, Microscope Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kunstmuseum Bonn, and is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Project collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Currently he teaches in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please email seanstarowitz@gmail.com to rsvp, (seating is limited to the amount of washing/drying machines) and please bring your laundry…

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