Artist Receptions Honor Multimedia Installations

Posted: September 23, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Multimedia installation Pedestrian, a digital art display that features the technique called “motion capture,” is currently on exhibit at the Johnson Center gallery until Oct. 15. The artists Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar will give a presentation tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the gallery.

Pedestrian was inspired by Elias Canetti’s text, Crowds and Power, in which groups and crowds are analyzed almost biologically, as having lives of their own. The presentation includes scenes of ordinary street traffic, seen from a bird’s-eye view. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Kaiser will also give a presentation, “Performance: Between Art and Theater,” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall lobby with Bonnie Maranca, co-founder/editor of A Journal of Performance & Art. This presentation will be followed by a reception for another exhibit of Kaiser’s currently on display at George Mason in the Concert Hall, Robert Wilson: Visionary of Theater. The multimedia installation explores the early work of Wilson, a leader in experimental theater. Wilson, who wrote several “silent operas,” presented a seven-day continuous performance enacted on a mountainside in Iran in 1972. The exhibit draws on interviews of Wilson and glimpses at the artist’s archives and work and will be open to the public for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday through Oct. 15.

Kaiser’s work has been exhibited at Lincoln Center, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Barbican in London, and many other venues. He was the recipient of a Bessie New York Performance Award in 2000, an Osher Fellowship at the Exploratorium museum in 2001, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. Eshkar, a multimedia artist and experimental animator, also received a Bessie Award in 2000. He was a Lubalin Fellow at Cooper Union in 1997 and an artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 1999.

For more information about the two installments, visit the Center for the Arts web site.

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