Public Opinion Laboratory at Light Industry (August 12)

From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 08 2008 - 07:18:19 PDT

Light Industry
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York

Hi Thomas and Ed,
Iıve been so excited about my upcoming Light Industry evening and planning a
brand new performance for you, but sadly itıs already July and I just donıt
have all the necessary pieces in place. To really pull it off requires an
investment of about $4300, four solid days of manual labor, three other
workers, a freight elevator at least 30 feet wide, scaffolding, ceilings
that are 23 ft. or taller, yellow, red and black fluorescent lights,
lenticular wallpaper to act as a screen for the third section of the second
movement, 5.1 surround sound, a 2700 ANSI lumen video projector, fourteen
carousel slide projectors, a functioning 9.5mm projector (which I found can
be rented from Chelmsford, England, along with the projectionist who
operates it as part of the deal), 230 voltage electricity, a cross-cutting
saw, a laser-sited metal plasma cutter, a working shower with an industrial
hose, lots of sand, an industrial fan, 5 days of rehearsal with full 24-hour
access to the space, an on-call seamstress, two full dress rehearsals the
afternoon of the show (each preferably with a different test audience),
absolute quiet during the overture, trappist ale in place of the beer you
normally provide, cultural support from the Belgian consulate, a van that
can accommodate 12 plus all the gear, a green room with private bathroom and
maybe a few other things Iım forgetting here. In the end, Iım simply not
sure if this is the right piece to do at Light Industry. Rather than find
out the hard way, Iıll instead present the following new works. Itıs always
better to stay simple.


Featuring the return of LAMP/LICHT: Andrew Lampert and Alan Licht
The Sky is clear, but weıre in a fog. So are the kids, the blond ones who
drifted ashore. Unspecified disaster, parents awash or sunken, oh there is
trouble at every turn. Trees to climb, pitfalls to elude. And what of their
inverse doppelgangers, equally as naked and lost? Itıs a matter of sticking
together, he has come for them, as if they willed him to life. The youngest,
with the curly locks, he must be especially careful. No one is safe, not
even the donkey on this sunny day turned grey, this good trip gone bad.
Sure, the sand is magic, but what has it wrought?
What may be an unfinished Christian childrenıs adventure film from a
Nashville producer with real estate interests. 2 sizable reels of 16mm film,
multiple 3-minute camera reels assembled in rough order by someone else long
ago. Completely uncut, mistakes and retakes included. Structure and
narrative alluded, shuffled.
A solo performance by Andrew Lampert, work-in-progress, less than 20
minutes. Having to do with moving images and lasting regrets.
About Andrew Lampert
As an artist, Andrew Lampert works in film, video and performance. He
primarily focuses on live quasi-theatrical multiple-projector pieces,
portraits, short-term installations and private performances. He has
screened/performed in the Whitney Biennial, The Getty Museum in Los
Angeles, The Kitchen, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The New
York Film Festival and other international venues. As an Archivist, Lampert
works at Anthology Film Archives where he is responsible for the day-to-day
maintenance and preservation of the collection. He has preserved films by
artists including Paul Sharits, Bruce Conner, Harry Smith, Marie Menken,
Jonas Mekas, Robert Breer, Carolee Schneemann and Wallace Berman among many
others. As a Programmer, Lampert curates Anthology's regular Unessential
Cinema, Audio Verite and Personal Archive shows, as well as a variety of
festivals, series and one-off screenings.
About Light Industry
Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has
begun as a series of weekly events at Industry City in Sunset Park, each
organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually, Light
Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative art
spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and other
intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
About Industry City
Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home to a
cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As part of a
regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6 million square
feet of space to better reflect 21st century production, Industry City now
includes workspace for artists. In addition to offering studios at
competitive rates, Industry City also provides a limited number of
rent-stabilized studios for artists in need of low-cost rental space. This
program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace for
artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for industrial
redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers, local residents
or industry but instead builds a sustainable community in a context that
integrates cultural and industrial production. 
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