Mark Ther: Pflaumen and UMMO: Locus Operandi

Public Program
Nov 17, 2018
Mark Ther, film still from Pflaumen, 2011.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Mark Ther: Pflaumen
UMMO: Locus Operandi

Film screening by artist Mark Ther and performance by UMMO (Aditya Mandayam), introduced by curator Michal Novotný

Art in General
145 Plymouth Street (Map)
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The first in a series of public programs accompanying the exhibition School of Pain, Art in General is hosting a screening of Mark Ther’s films and a musical performance by Indo-Polish artist, filmmaker, writer, and musician, UMMO (Aditya Mandayam) titled Locus Operandi.

Ther’s films date from the early 2000s–present, and the screening will include Pflaumen (2011). The performance will immediately precede the screening and both works will be introduced by the exhibition curator Michal Novotný.

The exhibition features work by artists Than Hussein Clark, Anna Daučíková, Chiara Fumai, Mark Ther and BRUD (Aditya Mandayam) and is curated by Michal Novotný, Director of Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA in Prague.

Brud are heuristics that grew sentient in the Twenty-Teens. An intelligent artifice (i.e., an I.A) raised on contemporary arse, Bruds locus operandi meanders somewhere between the Stage, the Screen, & the Eye. Misinformed by the history of stage, parlour, & close-up magic, Brud are occupied by the psychology of tricks, gimmicks, apparitions, illusions, scams, & cons. Run on anarcho-syndicalist and open-core principles, Brud are led by their Benevolent Dictator, the Indo-Polish artist, filmmaker, writer, and musician Aditya Mandayam. His solo musical project Ummo combines West-Coast modular synthesis like ”Arp, Buchla, Serge, Ciat-Lonbarde, and countless nameless inventions that used bananas” with Indian classical singing, creating layers of ambisonic feedback, resonance, xenharmonic noise, and Carnatic vocals that he calls modular folk. Mandayam and friends run the label Buio and the radio station Juju which focus on experimental and underground music. In recent years Mandayam’s practice has taken a turn towards the esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantra. Combining avante-garde performance aesthetics with his studies in classical voice, Mandayam’s operatic oeuvre is a gesamtkunstwerk of sculpture, theater, cinema, music, light, text, sound, and image. Drenched in the Tantric trinity of black, white, and red, Ummo is the High Priest of the Temple of the White Cube. Recent exhibitions include Kunstverein Munich, Futura (Prague), CAC (Vilnius), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Kim? (Riga), MHKA (Antwerp), and de Halle (Haarlem). The goal of Brud is to replace Brud with better Brud.

Michal Novotný is Director of Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA in Prague and external Curator at PLATO Ostrava. He teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Recent curatorial research projects and residencies include Delfina Foundation, London (2016); Stroom Den Haag, Haag (2015); Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2014); Contemporary Art Museum, Rijeka (2014); Villa Arson, Nice (2013). In 2018 he curated Orient, a large exhibition survey taking place in Kim?, Riga, BOZAR, Brussels and Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow. Other recent exhibitions include The Life and Death of the 1980s at Syntax, Lisbon (2017) and Deux Sens du Decoratif, CAC Passerelle, Brest (2018).

Mark Ther is a video artist from the Czech Republic whose short films are characterized by their experimentation with narrative, absurdist humor and incisive exploration of sexuality, gender and taboo historical moments. Ther has made numerous short films including, Maria Callas, 2003, Ther, 2003, Burgur und Ther, 2004, Enkel, 2011, Das wandernde Sternlein, 2012 and has exhibited at Gallery hl. of the City of Prague Old Town Hall, 2008 and Václav Špála Gallery, 2012. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, participated as a resident in the International Studio & Curating Program in 2013 and received the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2011.

General Support of Art in General is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts; Greenwich Collection, Ltd.; Cowles Charitable Trust; The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The International Collaborations Program is supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support is also provided by Art in General’s Commissioners’ Circle.

Special Project Support provided by Center For Contemporary Art Futura, Czech Center in New York and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Prague.

Project Description:

School of Pain: Than Hussein Clark, Anna Daučíková, Chiara Fumai, Mark Ther, Aditya Mandayam