Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization, Light Work, are pleased to present “Deborah Stratman: Dialogues & Parables,” featuring the recent video work Xenoi by filmmaker and multimedia artist Deborah Stratman from April 6 – June 3, 2017. This exhibition will be paired with a special indoor screening of The Illinois Parables (2016), Stratman’s most recent long-form film, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker on April 20, 2017 at the Everson Museum of Art.
About the Work
2016, 15:20m, HD video
The Greek island of Syros is visited by a series of unexpected guests. Immutable forms, outside of time, aloof observers of human conditions.
The hovering guests include five regular, convex polyhedrons comprised of identically sided, congruent faces: the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron. These resonant mathematical forms have been studied for thousands of years, appearing as early as Neolithic Scotland. They are widely known as Platonic Solids after the Greek philosopher who wrote about them in his dialogue Timeaus.
The sites ‘visited’ in the video are Armeos beach, Pherecydes’ Cave, hillside yapia, Ano Syros spring, Ermoupolis, Kastri, the Apollo Theater and Anemogennitries hilltop. Pherecydes of Syros (580-520 BC) was the author of the Pentemychos, a pre-Socratic cosmogony, and is commonly held to be the teacher of Pythagoras. Yapia is the plural of yapi, the informal Greek term for an unfinished, abandoned building, especially prevalent around Greece since the development of the economic crisis. Ermoupolis is a port town and capital of the South Aegean region. Kastri (2800-2300BC), is an early Cycladic fortified settlement, located on the north side of the island.
Director, Producer, Camera, Animation, Edit: Deborah Stratman
Music: Michael Pisaro
Solids: Steven Badgett & Deborah Stratman
Non-theatrical premiere: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK – September 2017
Theatrical premiere: CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark – March 2017
Images Festival, Toronto – April 2017
About the Artist
Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Mercer Union, Witte de With, the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame, Rotterdam and Berlinale. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.
For more information, visit the artist’s website: pythagorasfilm.com