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Light Work UVP Presents ‘URBAN RENEWAL’: Works by Emanuel Almborg and Crystal Z Campbell
Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) program is presenting “URBAN RENEWAL,” a two-person exhibition featuring the work of multimedia artists Emanuel Almborg and Crystal Z Campbell, through Dec. 22 at UVP’s outdoor projection site on the north façade of the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse, Thursday through Saturday, from dusk until 11 p.m.
This is the second exhibition in Light Work UVP’s 2018-19 season, “The Past Keeps Happening.” The exhibition is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
In conjunction with the exhibition, an indoor screening + Q&A with Almborg and Campbell will take place at Light Work’s Watson Theater on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event will feature additional work and a conversation with Emanuel Carter Jr., a faculty member at SNUY-ESF; Lanessa Chaplin, project counsel for the Central New York chapter of NYCLU; and Yusuf Abdul Qadir, director of the CNY Chapter of NYCLU, exploring how issues conveyed in the exhibition relate to Syracuse’s own history and legacy of urban renewal. A reception will follow.
The auditorium is wheelchair accessible, and CART services are available by reservation (by Nov. 14) by calling 315.443.1369 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, on Nov. 16, during the Everson Museum’s free Third Thursday event, Anneka Herre, UVP director and instructor in the Department of Transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will engage with visitors in an open-ended discussion about the works that UVP presents.
About the Artists
Emanuel Almborg is Swedish artist living and working in Stockholm. His research-based work explores themes of collective action, political economy and radical pedagogy, manifesting in a range of practices and media, from moving image and installation-based work to publications to participatory programs. He received his M.F.A. from Goldsmiths University in London and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has exhibited internationally, including shows at Gallery 400 (Chicago), Gasworks (London), Konsthall C (Stockholm, Sweden), Participant Inc. (New York City) and Whitechapel Gallery (London).
Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African American, Filipino and Chinese descent. She is a former social worker. Her practice incorporates archival material and historical traces to question the politics of the witness. Recent works include investigations of Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cell line, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and gentrification via a 35mm film relic salvaged from a now demolished black civil rights theater in Brooklyn. Campbell exhibits internationally, including past exhibitions at de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, Project Row Houses in Houston, SculptureCenter in New York City and Studio Museum of Harlem. Her honors, fellowships and residencies include the Flaherty Film Seminar, M-AAA Innovations Grant, MacDowell Colony, Rijksakademie, Skowhegan, Smithsonian, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Yaddo. Campbell is a current Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow, recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Award and a third-year Tulsa Artist Fellow.
About the Works
“Every Crack Is a Symbol (Charlotte Street Project)”
Director, Emanuel Almborg 2015 | 30 min. | HD video
“Every Crack is a Symbol (Charlotte Street Project)” is a short film that takes as its starting point two events and two kinds of representation of a South Bronx neighborhood in 1980. The horror film “Wolfen” is about killer wolves living in the ruins of the South Bronx. “People’s Convention” videotaped an attempt to bring together a large coalition of different left social movements and community activists. Both films were shot at the same location, the horror film six months before the protest camp commenced. Both use the urban decay of the South Bronx as backdrop and symbol to generate images, one of demands and radical politics, the other of killer ghost wolves in the ruins of the urban crisis. The horror story of wolves parallels the urban struggles around and against real estate, finance and neo-liberal policies in the early 1980s.
“On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth”
Director, Crystal Z Campbell 2012 | 9 min. 49 sec. loop | digital video
“On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth” is a historical remix of The New York Times edition printed during the New York City Blackout in 1977, an event unofficially credited as the birth of hip-hop, a movement that was already well underway but advanced with equipment looted during the riots.
“Futures for Failures”
Director, Crystal Z Campbell 2011 | 1 min. | found footage
“Futures for Failures” is double narrative of failure: architectural and social. Archival footage from a demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe Building in St. Louis manifests that failure. Meanwhile, a voice-over recounts a moment of contagious laughter erupting during a stranger’s funeral. The film is a conversation between the disappeared and the disappearing.
“Go-Rilla Means War”
Director, Crystal Z Campbell 2017 | 19 min. 21 sec. | 35mm film transferred to 2K, original stereo sound
With 35mm film salvaged from a now-demolished black civil rights theater in Brooklyn, “Go-Rilla Means War” is a cinematic parable about gentrification and the intersections of development, cultural preservation and erasure.
About Urban Video Project
Urban Video Project (UVP), a program of Light Work in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art and Onondaga County, is an outdoor architectural projection site dedicated to the public presentation of film, video and moving image arts. It is one of few projects in the United States dedicated to ongoing public projections and adds a new chapter to Central New York’s legacy as one of the birthplaces of video art, using cutting-edge technology to bring art of the highest caliber to Syracuse.
Using a large venue projector and permanently installed all-weather sound system, UVP’s outdoor architectural projection site on the north façade of the iconic Everson Museum of Art transforms the adjoining Onondaga County Community Plaza into a year-round massive video installation every Thursday through Saturday night.