Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture

Though it certainly contains many photos, by a dozen emerging artists, Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture, isn’t strictly a photography show. Scanners and Google image search are as important as cameras; and there are clacking old film projectors and slide carousels, too. The apparatus is emphasized: How images are reproduced and displayed (e.g., mounted on a sheet of plywood then defaced; or half-hidden under a giant rock on the gallery floor). The images themselves are seldom lovely or quote-unquote memorable. Randomness is at work, as with a table full of stock photos you can arrange in any pattern you like. That aleatory method of image selection is most evident, and most engrossing, in Siebren Versteeg’s room-sized slide show Untitled Film IV, which pulls random pictures from Flickr.com in a never-ending flow. You could spend all day in the room and never see the same image twice. The stills are set to the soundtrack of Chris Marker’s 1962 avant-garde short La Jetée, with the same editing rhythms. It’s possible to sit through each 28-minute unit and let the music and sound effects shape the chance procession of images into a story. Come back the next day, and the narrative could be different. Or the same. John Cage would approve. BRIAN MILLER

Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Jan. 23, 2010

 
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