NYC Event: David Gatten and Ellie Ga at 16 Beaver 9.7.07

From: benj gerdes (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Sep 05 2007 - 08:08:30 PDT

We didn't get this out in time for this weeks listings, but wanted to
let people on this list know about it.

benj gerdes

Friday 9.07.07 Films and Slides by Ellie Ga and David Gatten

1. About This Friday
2. About David Gatten's Films
3. About Catalogue of the Lost (and other revelations)
4. About Ellie Ga's Arctic Expedition
5. About The Tara
6. About Ellie Ga
7. About David Gatten

1. About This Friday

What: Screening and Discussion with Ellie Ga and David Gatten
When: Friday September 7, 2007
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: 7:00 pm
Who: Free and Open To All

Please join us this Friday for an amazing evening of 16mm film and
slides. We are lucky to have experimental filmmaker David Gatten and
artist Ellie Ga sharing their work with us. Ellie will present a slide
lecture she first presented at the Explorer's Club last spring and David
will showing a number of his films. Both artists are interested in
explorations of the lost and invisible, and both are fascinated with the
archive and invested heavily in questions of material and media
in relation to notions of the poetic. This is a particularly exciting
event given that Ellie Ga is leaving on an expedition to the North
Pole on
September 12th. The piece she will perform tonight documents
something of
a process of imagining an expedition to the North Pole. Given that her
ideas will be radically altered by the experiences she is about to
hope you don't miss this opportunity to see the work of these two
and to wish Ellie BON VOYAGE.

2. About David Gatten's Films

Over the last ten years David Gatten's films have explored the
intersection of the printed word and the moving image, while
the shifting vocabularies of experience and representation within
spaces and historical documents. Through traditional research methods
non-traditional film processes, the films trace the contours of both
private lives and public histories, combining elements of philosophy,
biography and poetry with experiments in cinematic forms and narrative
structures. Currently Gatten is at work on a series of nine films about
letters, lovers, books, ghosts and the Byrd family of Virginia during
early 18th century.

In 2005 he was awarded a Fellowship from Guggenheim Foundation to
NINE PARTS film series. The first four films in the project were
in “Views from the Avant Garde” at the 43rd New York Film Festival in
of 2005. In the Spring of 2006 Gatten’s latest Byrd film was included in
the 2006 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York

His newest work “Film for Invisible Ink case no. 71: Base-plus-Fog” will
premiere on October 7th at Lincoln Center in the 44th New York Film

3. About "The Catalogue of the Lost (and other revelations)"

"The Catalogue of the Lost (and other revelations)" is a work done in
lecture format. Comprised of 282 images and lasting approximately 28
minutes, Ellie Ga completed this work in 2007 during her tenure as
artist-in-residence of the Explorers Club in NYC. "The Catalogue of the
Lost (and other revelations)" focuses on the missing pieces of early
exploration–lost places, people, and concepts as well as the
successes and
failures to document “the unknown.” This performance is both a romantic
tribute to human desire to ascertain terra incognita, and an examination
of the imperial/political impulses behind this romanticism.

4. About Ellie Ga's Arctic Expedition

In about 2 week's time I will be something like an artist-in-
residence on
board a polar schooner locked in the ice near the North Pole.

After spending a year in the Explorers Club's archives I now have the
chance to generate my own first hand accounts of “the unknown” and what
that means these days. The unknown may very well end up being a study on
how everyday gestures and thinking patterns are altered. I imagine that
much of my time will be taken up with ship maintenance: cleaning,
assisting scientists in taking measurements and photographing weather
conditions. Once a month I will be sending sound transmissions and
narrations “back home” to Projekt 0047 in Oslo and Dispatch in New York
City where people can drop by and listen to the reports.

5. About the North Pole and the Tara

The Tara has been drifting on the Arctic pack ice for a year and a
half as
scientists study the effects of climate change. Occurring every 40
2007-2008 is an International Polar Year (IPY). Beginning in the late
century, IPY was initiated by the “advanced nations” of the world to
together as an international scientific body to study the Polar regions.
Tara is one of the European Union’s contribution to IPY. Please visit for more information on the expedition.

6. About Ellie Ga

Ellie Ga is an artist living in New York City. She received her MFA from
Hunter College in NYC and is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Under a fellowship from the Friends of the Hermitage Museum, she was a
guest artist at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia and has
also been an artist-in-residence at Women’s Studio Workshop and The
Museum of Art. Her performances and installations have been shown in New
York at the Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art, The Rubin Museum of
Newark Museum of Art, Gigantic Art Space and at the Museen fur
Gegenwartkunst, Basel, Switzerland. Her artist’s books have received
funding from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Jerome
and are in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art (NY),
Yale University and The New York Public Library. " The Catalogue of the
Lost (and other revelations)" has been performed recently at The
Club, Gigantic Art Space and Polytechnic University.

5. About David Gatten

David Gatten’s films have been exhibited at museums and cinémathèques
including the 2002 Biennial and “The American Century” at the Whitney
Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco
Cinémathèque, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cinémathèque Française, Helsinki
Film Co-Op, Museum of Contemporary Cinema in Lisbon, Millennium Film
Workshop, First Person Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Cinema
Project and
Chicago Filmmakers. His films have been screened at festivals around the
world including Rotterdam, New York, London, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Onion
City, Ottawa, Athens, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Impakt, Media City,
Cinematexas, THAW, Chicago Underground, PDX, Images, Black Maria and

Gatten’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney
Museum of American Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, as
well as in private collections in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Gatten was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1971. Shortly thereafter his
family moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where he lived for 20 years.
Gatten received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago in
1998. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information on David's films see

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