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Daata Editions Launches Online Today

In artnet, Artnewspaper, Artprojx, Artspace, Bowery, Daata Editions, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, makingitrain, NADA, New Art Dealers, New York, ratio3 on 14/05/2015 at 2:15 pm
Takeshi Murata OM Making it rain

Still: Om Making it rain by Takeshi Murata 2015

Daata Editions

Artists video, sound and web

Launches online today at 3pm

May 14, 2015

NADA NEW YORK

www.daata-editions.com

Daata Editions Season One artists:

Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, and Chloe Wise.

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Screen Shots Program Launch at Soho House NY with Daata Editions

In Art Fair, Daata, Daata Editions, Frieze, NADA, New Art Dealers, New York, Soho House, Video Art on 09/05/2015 at 11:04 am

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Screen Shots is a new monthly video art program at Soho House New York, showcasing moving image work by international contemporary artists.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions has selected the inaugural program, The Digital Revolutionaries: The Gentrified Harddrive version. Running from May 11-June 15, it celebrates the launch of http://daata-editions.com by showing works by some of the commissioned artsits.

Participating artists: Helen Benigson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Jon Rafman, Amalia Ulman, Chloe Wise

Soho House, 29-35 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

https://www.sohohouseny.com/

Please Note: The Monday Evening Launch event is Fully Booked via Membership at Soho House

The Miami, Moscow and Bermondsey Film Selections – Artists Sound of Film – Moscow 16 May 2015

In Art, artists, Artprojx, Daata, Daata Editions, Film, Moscow, Moving Image, Museum Nights, OM Rider, Video on 04/05/2015 at 10:15 am
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Still: Takeshi Murata, OM Rider 2013, courtesy the artist, Salon 94, Ratio 3

The Miami, Moscow and Bermondsey Film Selections

Artist Sound of Film

curated by David Gryn, Artprojx, Daata Editions

Friday 16 May, 2015

Moscow Museum Nights

The films are selections of works that were originally selected and curated by David Gryn for the Film programme at Art Basel in Miami Beach over the last 5 years. The films were all played on the New World Symphony Center’s screening wall in Soundscape Park during the annual art fair. This selection was played outdoors in Moscow as part of the Museum Nights in May 2014 along with DJ Max Reinhardt and then played at the closing of the Bermondsey Project in London. 

These works all engage with music, rhythm and sound and remain resonant from their initial playing. They all have a power that is far beyond just the work, one that creates lingering memory with the viewer long after the work has been seen and finished. The selection of these was driven by their sound, engagement and that the language needed to digest these works is that of audio-visual. These works reflect on the current trends and modes of communication such as YouTube, TV, animation, gaming, social media and used to create new images, sounds and unexpected connections. Selected as these works communicate across cultures and language, as they are all predominantly music based soundtracks.

Programme:

Nick Abrahams – ekki mukk, 2012, 10’30”

Cory Arcangel – Paganini Caprice No.5, 2011, 3’41”

Dara Birnbaum – Arabesque, 2011/2013, 6’37”

Pierre Bismuth – Following Elvis Presley’s Hands in Jailhouse Rock, 2011, 3’12”

Martin Creed – Work No. 1700, 2013

Nathalie Djurberg with Hans Berg – I wasn’t made to play the son, 2011, 6’27”

Kota Ezawa – Beatles Über California, 2010, 2’03”

Dara Friedman – RITE 2012

Leo Gabin – Stackin, 2010, 2’38”

Rashaad Newsome – The Conductor, 2005/2010, 6’18”

Theaster Gates – Breathing, 2010, 6’58”

William Kentridge with Philip Miller – Tango for Page Turning, 2013, 2’48”

Lina Lapelyte – Candy Shop, 2014

Ari Marcopoulous – Detroit, 2010, 7’32”

Ryan McGinley – Varúð, 2012, 8′

Takeshi Murata – OM Rider, 2013, 11’39”

Laurel Nakadate – 51/50, 2009, 3’09”

Nicola Thomas – Dancing with Monk, 2013, 2’55″

David Gryn screens, curates and promotes artists’ moving image and sound, working with leading contemporary art galleries, museums, art fairs and artists worldwide. David has launched Daata Editions (May 14), a new online platform dedicated to commissioning artists to make video, sound and web based artworks for sale and research.

For more information on the artists and other things related contact:

David Gryn, Daata Editions info@daata-editions.com

http://daata-editions.com

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com

http://www.salon94.com/video-wall/the-digital-revolutionaries-the-shiboogi-version

The Digital Revolutionaries – The Shiboogi Version at Salon 94 Bowery Video Wall

In Art Basel, Artprojx, Bowery, Daata, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Frieze, NADA, New York, Salon 94, Soho House, Video Art on 02/05/2015 at 9:53 am

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THE DIGITAL REVOLUTIONARIES

THE SHIBOOGI VERSION

With videos by artists

Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Amalia Ulman, Chloe Wise

Curated by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions

May 1 – June 30, 2015

Salon 94 is pleased to present The Digital Revolutionaries: The Shiboogi Version on the video wall at 243 Bowery.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions, has curated a special selection of videos for screening on the video wall (and viewable online at Salon 94). The Daata Editions screening program celebrates the launch of the new online platform http://daata-editions.com by showing a selection of recent moving image works by artists commissioned to make new works for Daata (available to view and buy from May 14). Daata places artists at the center of the project and encourages a marketplace and means for distribution that supports artists working across digital media.

The Digital Revolutionaries is all of us. The digital realm is now our natural language and its evolution is ours. These artists make work that reflect on how we use the internet in personal and clichéd ways. What does it mean to surf and go online in our everyday experience? What are the references, inspirations and new kinds of vocabulary? Many of these works derive from public video sharing sites like Youtube, sourcing and super-cutting the accessible moments that resonate. The generation of Digital Revolutionaries make art with, for, from and about this medium, the internet.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Curator Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach

PROGRAM / ARTISTS

Ed Fornieles
Aging sucks (small), 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Leo Gabin
Hair Long, 2013
Courtesy: the artist, Peres Projects, Elizabeth Dee

Ed Fornieles
Angele short (small), 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Florian Meisenberg
Gentrified Harddrive (ultra echokinesis), 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Simone Subal, Kate MacGarry, Wentrup Gallery, Mendes Wood DM

Ed Fornieles
Boy, 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Takeshi Murata
Shiboogi, 2012
Courtesy: the artist, Salon 94, Ratio 3

Ed Fornieles
Death, 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Hannah Perry
A Little Thing, 2012
Courtesy: the artist

Ed Fornieles
Girl face (large), 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Jon Rafman
Popova-Lissitzky Office Complex, 2013
Courtesy: the artist, Feuer/Mesler, Seventeen Gallery

Ed Fornieles
Glasses, 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Amalia Ulman
Excellences & Perfections (Instagram Update 17th May 2014), 2014
Courtesy: the artist

Ed Fornieles
Mom help, 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Chloe Wise
Offer Ending Soon (petite), 2015
Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Division

Ed Fornieles
Shadow, 2014
Courtesy: the artist, Carlos/Ishikawa

Daata Editions is launching at NADA New York on May 14, 2015 (until May 17)

SCREEN SHOTS Program launch with Daata Editions at Soho House, New York (May 11 – June 15). Featuring: Helen Benigson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Amalia Ulman, Chloe Wise

Contact and location:

Salon 94 243 BOWERY NEW YORK, NY 10002 T: 212 979 0001 http://www.salon94.com

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http://www.salon94.com/video-wall/the-digital-revolutionaries-the-shiboogi-version

Daata Editions Season 1 Trailer

In ABMB, Art Fair, Artprojx, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, NADA, New York, Sound, Video, Web, Youtube on 24/04/2015 at 11:41 am

Daata Editions

Artists video, sound and web

Launching May 14, 2015

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Artists: Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, Chloe Wise

Daata Editions Launching May 14 – Press Release

In Art Fair, Artprojx, Daata Editions, Frieze, NADA, New York, Salon 94, Soho House, Sound, Video, Web on 17/04/2015 at 1:05 pm

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PRESS RELEASE

Daata Editions

A new online platform for the sale of artist commissioned video sound and web art editions

Launching May 14, 2015
www.daata-editions.com

TRAILER

Launch during May art fairs in New York include a viewing area at NADA, and programming partnerships with Salon 94 and Soho House New York.

New York  (April 17, 2015) – Daata Editions is a new online platform dedicated to the support, promotion and collecting of artists’ digital moving image and sound. This new and innovative way to collect art is designed specifically to be a native platform to a new generation of artists who are working with video, sound, and web (mediums), and which are not easily exhibited in the traditional gallery context. Daata Editions is founded and directed by curator David Gryn, and developed by London based web agency Studio Scasascia. Daata was born of a need seen by Gryn via his work as a curator, noticing the concerns of galleries, institutions, and collectors interested in artists working in moving image and sound. Daata Editions is a remedy to this, a new business that commissions and empowers artists to develop new work, and creates a seamless and playful platform for collectors and viewers to access and experience this material.    

Launch Commissions 

Daata Editions will be launching by commissioning 18 artists to create six new – video, sound or web artworks each.  All of the works, each in an edition of 20, will be available online for sale and research. The website is designed to be an easy to use and aesthetically appealing interface for collectors to browse and acquire the works. The Daata Editions website is ideal for these works, as a native platform, Daata presents digital commissions for digital distribution.

The first group of artists commissioned to create new artworks for the launch of Daata Editions are: Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, and Chloe Wise. In addition to the commissioned editions available for purchase, all subscribers to the platform will receive a free Jon Rafman artwork, made specifically for Daata Editions launch. Art writer and curator Lucy Chinen has written the first texts for the website. 

Launch Programs and Events

Daata Editions is launching in NY during the week of the Frieze Art Fair, May 11 to 17, 2015, with a series of events, including a collaborative viewing area at NADA New York (May 14-17) and a Frieze Art Fair brunch, hosted by renowned collector and philanthropist Anita Zabludowicz at the Neue House VIP lounge in association with the Frieze VIP program on May 16. In addition, passers by on the Lower East Side can enjoy a month long screening on the Salon 94 video wall on the Bowery, next to the New Museum, and another month long screening program will be at Soho House, New York, running from May 11 to June 15, 2015.  

About The Team

Daata Editions’ team has a strength of experience and credibility that is unique in our art meets digital world and aims to create a marketplace platform that will be a fun experience as well as educational. Daata Editions’ Director, David Gryn of Artprojx and Curator of Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach has a strong reputation worldwide in producing, curating and promoting artists’ audio visual projects and events that have consistently excited and attracted large audiences and introduced new audiences to the arts. Responsible for the design and development of the platform is London-based Studio Scasascia, who have extensive experience in cutting edge web development for international clients including Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria, Berlin Biennale, Sounds of the Universe and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

For more information, please visit www.daata-editions.com

Media Contact

Molly Rowe / Andrew Huff
Third Eye
molly@hellothirdeye.com / andrew@hellothirdeye.com
www.hellothirdeye.com

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The Magic of Things at Film Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014 Sat 6 Dec 9pm

In ABMB, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Film, Artprojx, David Gryn, Miami, Miami Beach, New World Symphony, nwc, Screenings, SoundScape Park, Video on 26/11/2014 at 7:48 am

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Film: Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014. Curated by David Gryn.

From December 3 through 6, 2014, Art Basel’s Film sector will include over 80 films and videos. Outdoor Screenings are in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry designed New World Centre.

Saturday, December 6, 9pm

The Magic of Things

This program is inspired by and will feature Mark Wallinger’s The Magic of Things (2010), a video of edited scenes from the popular 1970s TV sitcom Bewitched, in which everyday objects such as knives or glasses are magically moved by the good witch Samantha. Films with a similarly playful approach will be presented, interspersed with hand-drawn animations from the Japanese artist Atsushi Kaga.

Atsushi Kaga, Hole 1, 2007, 42”, mother’s tankstation
David Shrigley, Ones, 2009, 2’24”, Stephen Friedman Gallery
Brian Alfred, Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights, 2014, 3′, Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe
Atsushi Kaga, Hole 2, 2007, 28”, mother’s tankstation
Hiraki Sawa, Hako, 2006, 4′, James Cohan Gallery
Takeshi Murata, OM Rider, 2013, 11’39”, Salon 94, Ratio 3
Atsushi Kaga, Hole 3, 2007, 28”, mother’s tankstation
Robin Rhode, Paper Planes, 2009, 2’40”, Lehmann Maupin
Theo Michael, The Splendour of the Heavens, 2008, 10′, Galería OMR
David Shrigley, The Artist, 2012, 2’24”, Stephen Friedman Gallery
Hiraki Sawa, Migration, 2003, 6′, James Cohan Gallery
Mark Wallinger, The Magic of Things, 2010, 10’32”, Galerie Krinzinger
Atsushi Kaga, Hole 4, 2007, 31”, mother’s tankstation
Cécile B. Evans, The Brightness, 2014, 4’48’’, Courtesy of the artist
Brent Green, To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given, 2011-2012, 10’15”, Andrew Edlin Gallery
Atsushi Kaga, Hole 5, 2007, 41”, mother’s tankstation

TRAILER

Sound: 6pm-8pm Raed Yassin, The Deaf Oud, 2010, Kalfayan Galleries –  in surround sound. Selected by David Gryn.

Some related links:

http://artbasel.com/miamibeach

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com

http://facebook.com/artbasel

http://www.sikkemajenkinsco.com/

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/film-art-basel-announces-2014-program-for-miami-beach/

http://www.kalfayangalleries.com/

http://www.salon94.com/

http://www.motherstankstation.com/

http://www.stephenfriedman.com/

http://www.amy-nyc.com/

http://www.jamescohan.com/

http://www.galerie-krinzinger.at/

http://www.hauserwirth.com/

http://www.lehmannmaupin.com/

http://www.ratio3.org/

http://www.galeriaomr.com/

http://www.edlingallery.com/

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Takeshi Murata, OM Rider 2013, Salon 94, Ratio 3

contact:

David Gryn

+447711127848

artprojx@gmail.com

http://instagram.com/davidgryn

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Artprojx presents The Artist Sound of Film – David Gryn and DJ Max Reinhardt in a Moscow style

In Art Basel Miami Beach, Artprojx, Artprojx Cinema, Cory Arcangel, David Gryn, Film, Max Reinhardt., Moscow, Museum Night, Nick Abrahams on 13/05/2014 at 5:03 pm
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Still: Dara Birnbaum ‘Arabesque’ 2012

 

Artprojx presents 
The Miami Film Selections
Artist Sound of Film 

curated by David Gryn

sounds by DJ Max Reinhardt

Moscow 17 May 2014

www.museumnight.org

Artists:

Nick Abrahams, Cory Arcangel, Dara Birnbaum, Pierre Bismuth, Martin Creed, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Kota Ezawa, Dara Friedman, Leo Gabin, Theaster Gates, William Kentridge and Philip Miller, Lina Lapelyte, Ryan MacGinley, Ari Marcopoulos, Takeshi Murata, Laurel Nakadate, Rashaad Newsome, Nicola Thomas

 

The films selected are highlights of works that were originally selected and curated by David Gryn for the Film programme at Art Basel in Miami Beach over the last 4 years. The films were all played on the New World Symphony Center’s screening wall in Soundscape Park during the annual art fair.

 

These works all engage with music, rhythm and sound and remain resonant from their initial playing. They all have a power that is far beyond just the work, one that creates lingering memory with the viewer long after the work has been seen and finished. The selection of these was driven by their sound, engagement and that the language needed to digest these works is that of audio-visual. These works reflect on the current trends and modes of communication such as Youtube, TV, animation, gaming, social media and used to create new images, sounds and unexpected connections.

 

 

Nick Abrahams – ekki mukk, 2012, 10’30”
Cory Arcangel – Paganini Caprice No.5, 2011, 3’41”
Dara Birnbaum – Arabesque, 2011/2013, 6’37”
Pierre Bismuth – Following Elvis Presley’s Hands in Jailhouse Rock, 2011, 3’12”
Martin Creed – Work No. 1700, 2013
Nathalie Djurberg with Hans Berg – I wasn’t made to play the son, 2011, 6’27”
Kota Ezawa – Beatles Über California, 2010, 2’03”
Dara Friedman – RITE 2012
Leo Gabin – Stackin, 2010, 2’38”
Rashaad Newsome – The Conductor, 2005/2010, 6’18”
Theaster Gates – Breathing, 2010, 6’58”
William Kentridge with Philip Miller, Tango for Page Turning, 2013, 2’48”
Lina Lapelyte: Candy Shop (special Moscow version), 2014
Ari Marcopoulous – Detroit, 2010, 7’32”
Ryan McGinley – Varúð, 2012, 8′
Takeshi Murata – OM Rider, 2013, 11’39”
Laurel Nakadate – 51/50, 2009, 3’09”
Nicola Thomas – Dancing with Monk, 2013, 2’55″

 

DJ Max Reinhardt will be playing a live set of World Music, Russian sounds, Artists Music and Sounds and reflecting on soundscapes he created for the Art Basel in Miami Beach Film programme in 2013. Max is a DJ on BBC Radio 3’s The Late Junction. David Gryn and Max Reinhardt are launching Artprojx Radio in 2015.

 

Artprojx, founded and directed by David Gryn, screens, curates and promotes artists’ moving image and sound, working with leading contemporary art galleries, museums, art fairs and artists worldwide.

 

For more information on this project contact:
David Gryn, Artprojx david@artprojx.com +447711127848
http://www.artprojx.com https://davidgryn.wordpress.com

 

Artprojx Cinema presents Santiago Sierra and Takeshi Murata 13 Oct

In Art, Artprojx, Artprojx Cinema, Artupdate, David Gryn, Film and Video, Frieze Art Fair, Global Tour, Lisson Gallery, London, Popeye, Prince Charles Cinema, Salon 94, Screenings, Takeshi Murata, Video Art on 11/10/2011 at 8:32 am

Artprojx Cinema presents


Artprojx Cinema presents
UK Premiere Screenings of
Santiago Sierra & Takeshi Murata
An Artist Film & Video Late Night Double Bill
Thursday 13 October 2011, 8.15pm – 11.30pm
Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2

Team Gallery, Lisson Gallery, prometeogallery di Ida Pisani & Galeria Helga de Alvear present the UK premiere of
‘NO, Global Tour’ by Santiago Sierra (8.15pm runs 120 mins).

Santiago Sierra


&
Salon 94 presents the UK premiere of
‘I, Popeye’ by Takeshi Murata, screened along with early works by the artist (10.30pm runs 60 mins).

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY http://www.princecharlescinema.com

 

Prince Charles Cinema


Both screenings are £10. £6.50 for a single screening. Includes beer or popcorn. Box Office: 02074943654 or buy Online at www.princecharlescinema.com
+44 07711127848
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More Information:
This exciting Artprojx Cinema event brings together two very different art world projects in a great late night screening ‘Double Bill’ programme. The International galleries presenting these artist’s work are all featuring at this year’s Frieze Art Fair 2011. This has enabled the galleries to screen films by artists they represent in the great cinematic setting and at the home of Artprojx Cinema, The Prince Charles Cinema, in London’s Leicester Square. Artprojx Cinema screens and promotes artists’ film and video, working with leading international contemporary art galleries, art fairs, institutes and artists.

Salon 94 and Artprojx presents Takeshi Murata’s “I, Popeye” Thurs 13 Oct at 10.30pm

In Artprojx, Artprojx Cinema, Frieze Art Fair, London, Popeye, Prince Charles Cinema, Salon 94, salon94, Takeshi Murata, Video Art on 30/09/2011 at 2:04 pm

I, Popeye by Takeshi Murata

Salon 94 and Artprojx Cinema presents
The UK Premiere Screening of 
‘I, Popeye’ and other works
by
Takeshi Murata
Thursday 13 October 2011
10.30pm – 11.30pm
Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY http://www.princecharlescinema.com

Please RSVP for your FREE guestlist ticket (with Popcorn or Beer) to this Frieze VIP event by 5th October
For additional tickets: Both screenings are £10. £6.50 for a single screening. Includes beer or popcorn.
Box Office: 02074943654 or buy Online at www.princecharlescinema.com
More Information:
This exciting Artprojx Cinema event brings together two very different art world projects in a great late night screening ‘Double Bill’ programme. The International galleries presenting these artist’s work are all featuring at this year’s Frieze Art Fair 2011. This has enabled the galleries to screen films by artists they represent in the great cinematic setting and at the home of Artprojx Cinema, The Prince Charles Cinema, in London’s Leicester Square.
‘I, Popeye’ by Takeshi Murata
(and screening of early works)

In Europe, Popeye’s copyright expired on January 1, 2009, which means his likeness can be used in comics, on clothing, and elsewhere without authorization from the copyright holder—but only in Europe, where the law protects copyright for seventy years following the author‘s death (E.C. Segar, who first drew the spinach-guzzling sailor in 1929, died in 1938). In the United States, however, copyright stands for ninety-five years after it is first registered, so uses of Popeye will have to be registered through 2024. The discrepancy in US and EU law has created an odd situation where geography determines legal constraints on the production of highly mobile images.

Takeshi Murata wasn’t aware of the copyright issue when he began working on I, Popeye (2010), but it highlights the contradictions that interest him: the possibility of “unauthorized use” with images that are as deeply embedded in the popular consciousness as a song like “Happy Birthday.” Here, Murata twists a cartoon of heroic triumph into a litany of failure—the opposite of what Disney does when adapting a tale that, in the Grimms’ telling, doesn‘t end happily. The halting, minor-key version of the Popeye theme song in Devin Flynn and Ross Goldstein‘s soundtrack and the leering, moneyed Popeye pictured on the anti-hero‘s T-shirt—a caricature of pop-culture icon as commodity—are two details that contribute the video‘s effect. But the key factor is the medium itself. By rendering the characters in the kind of slick three-dimensional animation commonly associated with big-studio production, Murata intensifies and complicates the discrepancy between the official Popeye and his own “folk” version. (text excerpt from “Free,” The New Museum, NY, written by Brian Droitcour) 

Takeshi Murata
Murata born (b. 1974, Chicago, IL, USA) lives and works in upstate New York. He received his BFA in film/video/animation from RISDI. His work has been shown widely in gallery and museum exhibitions in Europe and Asia and is included in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and the DESTE Foundation of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece. Murata has developed painterly techniques for processing video using glitches and errors. Conjuring digital turbulence from broken DVD encoding, he carefully tends bad video compression to generate sometimes sinuous, sometimes violent flows of digital distortion. With a powerfully sensual force that is expressed in videos, loops, installations and electronic music, Murata’s synesthetic experiments in hypnotic perception appear at once seductively organic and totally digital.

Salon 94
The film is presented by Salon 94, New York. Since its creation in 2002, the mission of Salon 94 has grown from exhibiting special projects by emerging and renowned artists alike. In addition to the two downtown spaces, the original 94th Street townhouse remains as a site for visitors to experience artworks and performances in a furnished, inhabited space.www.salon94.com

Artprojx Cinema screens and promotes artists’ film and video, working with leading international contemporary art galleries, art fairs, institutes and artists.