The Vault (Feb-Apr 2011)

Matt Barton, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Steven Cohen, Chris Coleman, Paul Edmunds, Rajorshi Ghosh, Simon Gush, Pieter Hugo, Jennifer Levonian, Michael MacGarry, Nandipha Mntambo, Sarah Paul, Andrew Putter, Michael Salter, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Penny Siopis, Dario Solman, Deborah Stratman
February 15 - April 10, 2011

The Vault functions as a media flat file—a converted walk-in safe where audiences can experience a variety of video and audio art. Work will be added to the The Vault on a rolling basis, remain on view for approximately six months and then rotate out. Viewers have the remote control in their hands to select the work they would like to view.

Check this page frequently for newly added artists and videos.

Currently in The Vault:

Matthew Barton
Crossroads, 2005
3:12
In a brief tale that is both comic and tragic, a young man finds roadkill and buries it.

Matthew Barton
Spring 2010 (All Good), 2010
5:28
A day in the life of a mountain dweller near Colorado Springs (and therefore NORAD).

Matthew Barton and Anna Bojic
Perpetual Impermanence, 2010
5:22
A lo-fi, psychedelic through-the-looking-glass adventure involving a dance party with a raccoon.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, 2009
11:38
This video pays homage to Bopape's place of birth, Polokwane, but shows her struggle reconnecting to the local landscape after years abroad.

Dineo Seshee Bopape
feelin cosmic, 2008
1:34
Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects. These delve into the magic and mysteries of the metaphysical realm.

Steven Cohen
Golgotha, 2009
20:22
'Golgotha' began with the artist's discovery of two human skulls for sale in a shop in Soho, NY. These were fashioned by Cohen into a pair of macabre 'skulletoes' worn in a series of actions which took him to Wall Street, Times Square and Ground Zero.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 3, 2010
5:00
This is part of an ongoing series dealing with themes of isolation, suburbia, and western culture. Nature tries to carve out an existence amongst these seemingly unoccupied homes while time passes and nothing seems to change.

Chris Coleman and Michael Salter
My House is not My House 4, 2010
5:00
See above.

Paul Edmunds
Weft, 2008
4:05
This body of work began with a story Edmunds wrote about growing up on Johannesburg's East Rand in the 1970s and 80s, and his relationship with surf and skate culture of the time.

Ghosh
Ganges #1, 2008
2:37
The Ganges is a place of death and life. Hindus from all over the world bring their dead to the river as a final resting place. Cremation anywhere along the Ganges is desirable, as it is believed to liberate the soul from the material cycle of suffering.

Ghosh
Ganges #3, 2008
2:39
See above.

Ghosh
Ganges #5, 2008
2:41
See above.

Simon Gush
Underfoot (Vooruit), 2009
8:47
Underfoot (Vooruit) makes links between the growth of basketball in Europe and the early history of Jazz. The performance is comprised of Swing dancers and Jazz musicians performing on a floor that has been covered with Coca-Cola in the Vooruit, Gent.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (I), 2010
5:12
For the past year Hugo has been photographing the people and landscape of an expansive dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. The area, on the outskirts of a slum known as Agbogbloshie, is referred to by local inhabitants as Sodom and Gomorrah.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (II), 2010
4:49
See above.

Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error (III), 2010
6:36
See above.

Jennifer Levonian
Holy Donuts, 2008
5:11
Levonian's animations borrow heavily from her own personal history. The work is a painstaking process of hand cut-paper animation using watercolor paintings and collage.

Jennifer Levonian
Take Your Picture With a Puma, 2009
6:56
See above. Music by Nathan Parker Smith.

Michael MacGarry
Will to Power, 2010
14:05
Will to Power aims to analyze the ideological and political motivations for assassination--with the act of assassination read as an extreme form of censorship as well as a manifestation of public and political will.

Nandipha Mntambo
Ukungenisa, 2008
2:35
Mntambo rehearses the steps of a bullfighter in the abandoned Pra?a de Touros in Maputo, the arena where black Mozambicans once fought for the entertainment of the colonial Portuguese. Her costume is part matador and part bull.

Sarah Paul
A Misappropriation of "Singin' In The Rain", 2006
2:40
In this excerpt from the movie musical "Singin' In The Rain", all of the sound is replaced by Paul's own dialogue and music. Paul is interested in the complex relationship between the screen diva and her veiled voice.

Sarah Paul
Pony Love, 2006
2:25
This is a study in the human/pony interface...a first date. Paul presents this love as passionate and powerful as that of any conventional human/human love to demonstrate the absurdity of prejudice based on gender or sexual preference.

Sarah Paul
Little Miss Cleveland Sparkles Around, 2010
7:51
This was a New Year's Eve present for Cleveland.

Andrew Putter
Secretly I Will Love You More, 2008
8:42
This work was inspired by the story of Maria de la Quellerie who, shortly after her arrival in the Cape in 1652, adopted a Khoikhoi girl. The familial intimacy subverts the racial segregation and conflict that usually characterizes South African histories.

Eric Rippert
Chubby Boy, 2004
0:44
Rippert plays with a video art trope: the loop. Loops repeat the same video over and over for easy gallery viewing. Rippert's loops are ridiculously short, and therefore make the actions seem infinite and linear rather than merely cyclical and repetetive.

Eric Rippert
Dancing Bird, 2004
0:57
See above.

Eric Rippert
Narcissusissy, 2007
2:58
Narcissusissy depicts two twins lost in a near-kiss. More than just a love of a reflection (a fiction and illusion), this portrays a love of the same (a real similar person and the same sex).

Berni Searle
Lull, 2009
8:02
The tranquility of the landscape is unexpectedly disrupted by a tire set alight, a potent and sinister symbol of political protest, particularly in South Africa. The work was conceived at a time of a growing and pervasive 'air of discontent' in S. Africa.

Berni Searle
Moonlight, 2010
5:49
On the outskirts of South African cities, tires are burnt overnight to recover the wire inside that is sold as scrap for 40 cents/kilo--many tires need to be burnt to obtain a kilo of metal. Laws have recently been instated making possession of this wire illegal.

Berni Searle
Gateway, 2010
4:00
This work was conceived at a time of a growing and pervasive 'air of discontent' in South Africa. In May 2008, immigrants became the scapegoats on whom similar frustrations were unleashed.

Lerato Shadi
Aboleleng, 2007
5:00
An image of vulnerability and strength, Aboleleng considers the moment where our innermost ideas are set up for public scrutiny, like an artist first exhibiting new work.

Lerato Shadi
Hema (or Six hours of out-breath captured in 792 balloons), 2007
5:27
This work is based on a performance staged at the offices of the advertising agency Ogilvy in Cape Town. Shadi references nature of the modern working environment, where our primary needs of proper breathing and physical posture are too easily forgotten.

Penny Siopis
Obscure White Messenger, 2010
15:07
Siopis' work covers different foci but her interest in what she calls the 'poetics of vulnerability' characterises all her explorations in history, memory and migration as well as her concerns with shame, violence and sexuality.

Dario Šolman
Reflections, 2010
4:37
Dario ?olman's The Heart of Perspective, The Making of the Film is an ongoing project begun in 2001 that consists of studies and tests for a film that will never be made. ?olman has stated, "We should think of it as film without a film."

Dario Šolman
Container, 2009
7:51
See above.

Deborah Stratman
It Will Die Out In The Mind, 2006
3:55
A short meditation on the possibility of spiritual existence and the paranormal in our information age. Texts are lifted from Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker in which the Stalker's daughter redeems his otherwise doomed spiritual journey.

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Holy Donuts! (clip) by Jennifer Levonian



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