Institute of Contemporary Art:  Bernadette Corporation

Institute of Contemporary Art: Bernadette Corporation

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Confound your expectations with two provocative videos by Bernadette Corporation that look at identity through the lenses of fashion, protest, Chloe Sevigny, nothingness, and Mallarme.

Hell Frozen Over
dir. Bernadette Corporation, US, 2000, video, 19 min.

Bernadette Corporation describes this work as “A fashion film about the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and the color white.” Produced for the 2000 Walker Art Center exhibition Let’s Entertain, this short film employs a range of strategies to approach the idea of nothingness, emptiness, and vacuity, with an eye to how these notions relate to contemporary mass-cultural entertainment. Juxtaposing “documentary” takes on a fashion shoot with footage of semiologist Sylvère Lotringer giving an impromptu lecture on Mallarmé on a frozen lake, Hell Frozen Over maintains an ambiguous stance from which to both critique and celebrate the power of surface.

followed by:
Get Rid of Yourself
dir. Bernadette Corporation, US, 2003, video, 61 min.

This complex, multi-layered work, called an “anti-documentary” by its authors, combines footage of rioting at the 2001 G-8 summit in Genoa with performances by Chloe Sevigny, Werner von Delmontand members of the Black Bloc anarchist group. These elements yield a disorienting and critical video that ultimately questions its own status and role as much as that of its subjects. The artists write that Get Rid of Yourself functions as “a cine-tract that aligns itself with nascent forms of political resistance within the antiglobalization movement... a filmed essay that works by betraying its own form.”

Organized in conjunction with White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania until July 28, 2013.



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