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Robert Withers <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 24 Feb 1994 22:06:25 EST
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New Yorkers and neighbors may be interested in the following video screening
at the Millennium, 66 East 4th Street, starting 8 PM, Admission $6, For Info
(212) 673-0090:
A program of video.  FEVER WORK (90 min. 1993-94).  The amazingly prolific
Alan Sondheim, now working primarily in video, comes again to the Millennium
with a provocative, sometimes puzzling new feature.  "(Every year, a new
layer of scar tissue, confined to human shape.  My body is the site of the
last discourse.  I abandon its writhing, hiding my face.  I am ugly, but if
you put on your special glasses, you'll see me twist and turn.  The coursing of
 electrons floods ghosts in activated space.  Video cannot breathe in this
atmostphere.  A perfect vacuum kills a perfect body.  My mouth cuts my head
in two.  My work is broken.  I become light in the midst of the field.)
FEVER WORK traverses the stain of the body.  Video is a membrane.  Thank you
for watching."--A.S.  Sondheim has made many films, taught media extensively,
and has produced a large body of critical writings.  "[Sondheim] is a sort of
art maniac, whose fixed idea is to read the world in as many different ways as
possible -- each confounding all the others -- and then to reread it." --Keith
     Alan's work seems "raw" to some, provocative to others, often weirdly
humorous and entertaining.  He uses his body and other images as malleable
material.  Think of Artaud impersonating Woody Allen via Rauschenberg.
                                              All best,
Robert Withers
Film Department              That was zen, this is tao . . .
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, New York 11210     Bitnet:   [log in to unmask]
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