Reprocessing Reality

April 6–May 29, 2006

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents Reprocessing Reality, a consideration of the relationship between the proliferation of documentary film and the escalating significance and prevalence of this genre in the art world today. The intergenerational and primarily European group of thirteen artists and artist teams approach documentary work through a variety of media that include sculpture, painting, film, and installation. Reprocessing Reality is on view from April 6 through May 29, 2006.

The artists featured in Reprocessing Reality are: Christoph Büchel (b. 1966 in Basel, Switzerland), Willie Doherty (b. 1959 in Derry, Northern Ireland), Christoph Draeger (b. 1965 in Zürich, Switzerland; lives in New York), Robert Frank (b. 1924 in Zürich, Switzerland; lives in New York and Mabou, Canada), Philipp Gasser (b. 1958 in Chur, Switzerland; lives in Basel), Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi (both b. 1942; live in Milan, Italy), Eric Hattan (b. 1955 in Wettingen, Switzerland; lives in Basel and Paris), Mike Hoolboom (b. 1959 in Toronto, Canada), Remy Markowitsch (b. 1957 in Zürich, Switzerland; lives in Berlin, Germany), Guido Nussbaum (b. 1948 in Muri, Switzerland; lives in Basel), Anri Sala (b. 1974 in Tirana, Albania; lives in Paris and Berlin), Ingrid Wildi (b. 1961 in Santiago, Chile; lives and works in Geneva), and Uwe Wittwer (b. 1954 in Zürich, Switzerland).


  • Guido Nussbaum
    Heim Welt 2 (2005)
    Installation view at P.S.1, 2006
    Photo by Matthew Septimus
    Courtesy P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

  • Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
    Frammenti Elettrici (2002-2004)
    Installation view at P.S.1, 2006
    Photo by Matthew Septimus
    Courtesy P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

  • Philipp Gasser
    I'm an Exhibition (2002)
    Installation view at P.S.1, 2006
    Photo by Matthew Septimus
    Courtesy P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

 

Reprocessing Reality is curated by Claudia Spinelli. It was developed in close collaboration with the International Film Festival Visions du Rel and first presented at the Chateau de Nyon in Switzerland in the spring of 2005. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication in English, French, and German by JRP|Ringier (2005).

In conjunction with the exhibition, P.S.1 will present a curator and artists walk-through at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 featuring Ms. Spinelli and Reprocessing Reality artists Eric Hattan, Philipp Gasser, Guido Nussbaum, Remy Markowitsch, and Ingrid Wildi, as well as Jean Perret, director of Visions du Rel. This will be followed at 4:00 p.m. by a panel discussion with artists Mike Hoolboom, Willie Doherty and Uwe Wittwer about their approaches to documentary through film, painting, and installation. The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Spinelli and Sally Berger, Assistant Curator in the Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition website is available in English and German. It includes the curator's introduction, artist information, downloadable high-resolution images, and a virtual tour.

Reprocessing Reality is initiated and supported by Pro Helvetia, Arts Council of Switzerland. Additional support provided by: Swiss Re, Swiss Roots and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.