Ellenberg and Trager/Moskowitz will screen video works exploring movement and stasis, song and wailing, language and its confines; they probe the possibilities and limitations posed by the power the voice holds to seduce, entrap and intervene within narrative. These artists take a self-reflexive stance towards the nature of the moving image, examining the alterations to meaning posed by a contextual shift from single-channel installation to the cinema proper. Playing with the artifice of video and theatrical environments, the effect of voice, or residues of psychedelia in motion graphics, Ellenberg and Trager/Moskowitz’s videos and installations draw on legacies of primitive and visionary approaches to film, but within the contemporary context of electronic media’s position in the realm of fine art.
Marianna Ellenberg’s creative practice centers on research into the phenomenology of the contemporary American psyche, through an intimate investigation of popular advertising discourses and cyber aesthetics. Her multi-disciplinary, media arts practice incorporates a range of mediums, from digital video to sound installation and 16mm film. Ellenberg’s work has shown both locally and internationally, at such venues as Orchard Gallery, The New York Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves, The Dallas Video Festival and European Media Arts Festival in Germany. Ellenberg lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager are artists who live and work in Brooklyn, NY. Their work has been shown at venues such as The Pompidou Center (Paris), the Jeu de Paume (Paris), The Reina Sofia National Gallery (Madrid), the Edificio de Tabacalera (Madrid), The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the 303 Gallery, Momenta Art and Participant, Inc. (NYC). They have recently received support from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), free103point9, Experimental Television Center, and The Outpost Artists Resources.