Petra Cortright. Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower, 2013
sound: Nightcore Girl
courtesy Steve Turner Contemporary, LA

Los Angeles-based artist PETRA CORTRIGHT was one of five artists selected to create a work this year for Frieze Film, and thus also to benefit from a production residency at EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).

I never had a residency or a studio before. It was really insane nice. The studio was massive and soundproof. I was blasting music at 4am ungodly loud and nobody could hear. I had 24/7 access. This place is stupid for technology. You can have anything you want! I requested nothing. They have never had someone who requested nothing. They got so nervous because I just showed up with my Thinkpad and a webcam and was like, oh I’m good, thanks. They were like, don’t you need some fucking shit or something? PETRA CORTRIGHT in conversation with MARINA GALPERINA for animal new york

Produced in August 2013 during her residency, PETRA CORTRIGHT‘s Bridal Shower is a self-portrait video where everything is done at once: it is filmed on a webcam and the directing, the editing and the post-production are all happening at once. Like for her previous works, the video – which has a mesmerizing low-resolution aesthetic thanks to animation effects and filters – raises questions about the nature of performance, the experience of watching and how digital networks have not only transformed our societal structure, but also how they have re-shaped our internal selves. This work has been shown at Frieze London and broadcast on Channel 4 television.

Good news: ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘ PETRA‘s new solo exhibition opens at Steve Turner Contemporary gallery, Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9th and will feature two new videos created during her summer residency.



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