Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by award-winning filmmaker, Christopher Harris titled Extended Forecast. The works in this selection each explore the cosmological ramifications and resonances of the seemingly mundane. They will be on view at UVP’s outdoor architectural projection venue on the facade of the Everson Museum of Art September 6 – October 27, 2018.
This exhibition will be paired with an indoor screening of Harris’ still/here and other works on Thursday, October 18 at the Everson Museum. Harris will be present in-person for a Q&A following the screening.
This will be the first exhibition in UVP’s 2018-19 programming year titled The Past Keeps Happening, borrowed from a quote of Harris in conversation with film and media theorist, Terri Francis. During the year, we’ll be featuring artists whose work explores the ways in which the past’s imagining of the future and the future’s reflections on the past are always at odds with the lived present.
About the Works
Sunshine State (Extended Forecast)
2007 | TRT: 8:00 | 16mm transferred to digital video
Somewhere in a quiet outer suburb of the Milky Way galaxy, we live our lives in the pleasant warmth of our middle-of-the-road star, the Sun. Slowly but surely we will reach the point when there will be one last perfect sunny day. The sun will swell up, scorch the earth and finally consume it.
28.IV.81 (Bedouin Spark)
2009 | TRT: 3:00 | 16mm transferred to digital video
Approximates a small child’s fantasy world in the dark. In a series of close-ups, the nightlight is transformed into a meditative star-spangled sky. An improvisation, edited inside the camera and shot on a single reel. The stars swirl in silence.
2016 | TRT: 3:00 | 16mm transferred to HD video
A sunny afternoon on a tour boat in Chicago is haunted by the specter of other voyages.
About the Artist
The work of Christopher Harris reads African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions.
Christopher Harris has exhibited widely at venues throughout North America and Europe including solo exhibitions and screenings at MICROSCOPE Gallery in Brooklyn, Autograph ABP in London, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio; group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Artists’ Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and festivals including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others. Most recently, his work was featured in the 2018 Flaherty Film Seminar, The Necessary Image. Harris is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital grant and a 2017 Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship.
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.