Happening | Armory Film and Moving Image

Ed Winkleman and Murat Orozobekov founded Moving Image to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving-image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms. Ed and Murat are also working on the Armory Show’s inaugural edition of Armory Film, curated by Moving Image with a selection of contemporary video and experimental films featuring artists represented by Armory Show exhibitors. We were lucky to catch a few moments with co-founder Ed Winkleman who answered our questions about Armory Film.
Paddle8: How did you approach Armory Film differently than Moving Image?
Ed Winkleman: The main differences were the selection process (for Moving Image, our curatorial advisory committee recommended artists from around the world; and for Armory Film, we selected films from submissions by galleries participating in the The Armory Show) and the presentation (whereas Moving Image is contextualized as an art fair, and each work is playing continuously, Armory Film is contextualized more as a cinema, and each work screens once a day). Each has is pluses and minuses.
P8: Is there an average length of videos being featured in Armory Film and/or Moving Image? How many of the works are installations and could only be viewed in person?
EW: The Armory Film program is titled “Short Stories” and each work is 30 minutes or less. At Moving Image the works range from 1 minute to 1 hour 20 minutes. At Moving Image there are 6 installations.
P8: Do you find that Moving Image is changing the way people navigate art fairs by the nature of videos requiring more time and attention from viewers?
EW: We think of Moving Image as still being in its early and highly experimental phase. We are trying to learn from each version (we have had one in New York and one in London, thus far), and so it’s a bit early to say it’s changing anything yet. There is no doubt that the time-based nature of video and the very quick pace of most art fairs does result in there being a disproportionate amount of moving-image-based works at your average fair. Considering how many fairs there are, how much of contemporary art is sold at the fairs, and how many contemporary artists are working, at least in part, in moving images in their practice, we would like to see a greater percentage of that important artwork represented at the fairs. Essentially that is Moving Image’s mission.
P8:Can you speak about a few highlights from Armory Film?
EW: On Wednesday, from 5-6 pm, there is a one-time screening of a new piece by Liz Magic Laser titled “Flight,” in which a team of actors she worked with re-enacted scenes from famous films before a live, unsuspecting audience in Times Square. There will be a Q&A with Liz and several of the cast members after the screening. Other highlights include the world debut of a new film “SONGS One Two Three,” 2012 shot in China by legendary experimental film maker Leslie Thornton; a stunning new film by Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen “The Cloud of Unknowing,” 2011; and a beautifully lyrical film by Brazilian artist Cao Guimarães “Limbo”, 2011.
View the full schedule of Armory Film here.
Moving Image, the contemporary video art fair, returns to New York’s Waterfront Tunnel, March 8-11, 2012, with 31 artists presenting single-channel videos, sculptures, and installations.