Allan deSouza - Tomorrow

Time / Image

January 29 - April 23, 2016

Curator: Amy L. Powell

Time / Image explores the interrelationship of time and thought in contemporary art. The exhibition borrows its title and, loosely, its philosophical framework from French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995), who developed the concept of the “time-image” to describe what he felt to be a profound change in the perception of time brought about by post-World War II cinema. Through formal techniques such as cutting, montage, and repetition, cinema restated time as a tangible and active force with the potential to reach beyond the movie theater and into audiences’ experiences of the world at large.

The eleven artists selected for this exhibition understand time as an expansive dimension for interrogating the chronologies that govern how we live, for revisiting historical narratives and inherited genealogies, and for proposing futures yet to exist.

These artists strive for such ambitious aims, in part, through careful attention to form. They each seek out and develop temporal strategies of representation, whether in cinematic images that revive ghostly residues, in creative uses of juxtaposition that posit trans-historical and formal alignments, or in their acute attention to artistic mediums claiming to represent time—cinema and video, but also photography, sculpture, and painting.

Lorraine O'Grady, Diptych 2 (green) Charles and Michael, the First and Last of the Modernists

Time / Image features work by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.

Time / Image is organized by Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts and Fred and Donna Giertz. This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Exhibition Events

January 28
Opening Night Preview for Museum Members
| 5–6 pm
With catered reception by Michaels' Catering
Please RSVP to Chris Schaede at 217 244 0516 or by Friday, January 22.

Public Opening Reception | 6–7 pm
Opening comments by Time / Image curator Amy L. Powell at 6 pm
All exhibitions open until 9 pm
Cash bar provided by Michaels’ Catering; Hosted by Krannert Art Museum Council

Raqs Media Collective, A Day Unregistered on the Richter Scale

Artist Residency
Featuring exhibiting artists Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta)
George A. Miller Visiting Artists
Additional sponsorship in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, the Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art, and Krannert Art Museum

*Rescheduled from Wednesday, Feb 24 Due to Weather*
New Day/Time: Friday, February 26
Artist Talk | 3:30 pm

“Untimely Calendar”
Location: Lower Level, KAM Auditorium (rm 62)

Thursday, February 25
Artist Performance | 5–9 pm

“Time Symposium”
Location: Main Level, East Gallery
Twelve participants from a variety of university departments gather in this physical installation in the exhibition Time / Image to drink wine and share stories about time. A feast for thought, participants read from sets of quotations on the history and philosophy of time, drawn from the artists’ extensive references throughout their work. This event follows previous iterations in London (Hayward Gallery, 2012), New York (Performa biennial, 2013), Mexico City (University Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015), and Brisbane (Institute of Modern Art, 2015). KAM will be the first US museum to stage this performance.

Participating University of Illinois faculty include:

Anita Say Chan | Assistant Professor, Institute of Communications Research and Media & Cinema Studies
Anita Say Chan’s work on the use of intellectual property rights in international development and network politics has been published in the journals Science Studies, Anthropological Quarterly, and the Revista Iberoamericana de Comunicación.

Brian Fields | Professor and Chair of Astronomy; Professor of Physics
Brian Fields' research interests include Cosmology, Nuclear and Partical Astrophysics, Nucleosynthesis, Dark Matter, Cosmic-ray, Gamma-ray, and Neutrino Astrophysics, Supernovae, particlarly near-earth explosions and at cosmic distances, and Astrobiology.

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi | Associate Professor in the Department of History
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's research interests include Global History, the Iranian Revolution, and Islamist Social Movements. He is currently completing a manuscript that deals with the possibility of revolutionary politics outside the emancipatory frame of the project of the Enlightenment.

Kevin Hamilton | Senior Associate Dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts; Professor in the School of Art and Design
Kevin Hamilton works as an artist and scholar to better understand the role of technologies in how modernity is lived and imagined. His research includes writing and publication, cross-disciplinary collaboration, networked media production, and the creation of artworks for public and gallery settings.

David Hays | Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture; Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design
David Hays works on both historical and contemporary landscape architecture and his research concerns the invention and reception of new landscapes. He is particularly attracted to curiosities of design — that is, to situations, involvements, approaches, and arrangements not readily accounted for in the conventional narratives of history and theory.

Jamie L. Jones | Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English
Jamie Jones' research explores techological obsolescence, economic change, and enviromental perception in nineteenth-century US literature and visual culture. She is interested in these problems at work in cultural texts about the ocean and in the afterlife of the nineteenth-century world as presented in contemporary literature and art.

Lilya Kaganovsky | Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literature; Director of the Program in Comparative and World Literature
Lilya Kaganovsky's research interests lie in Soviet literature and film, film and critical theory, gender studies, nineteenth century literature, and modernism. Her publications include How the Soviet Man was (Un)Made: Cultural Fantasy and Male Subjectivity under Stalin (2008), Sound, Music, Speech in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema (ed. with Masha Slazkina, 2014), and The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1928-1935 (forthcoming).

Prita Meier | Assistant Professor of Art Hsitory; Affiliated faculty at the Center for African Studies
Prita Meier's research focuses on Africanist art historical methodologies, modernism in African art, the cultural dimensions of globalization on the Swahili coast, histories of photography, and the politics of contemporary Global South exhibitions. She is the author of Mobility in Stone: Architecture and Globalization on the Swahili Coast (forthcoming) and is currently writing Trading the Gaze: African Photography at the Indian Ocean Crossroads and co-organizing the art exhibition World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean at Krannert Art Museum with Senior Curator and Curator of African Art Allyson Purpura.

Jennifer Monson | Professor in the Department of Dance
Jennifer Monson is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. She explores strategies in choreography, improvisation and collaboration in experimental dance. Through multiyear creation processes, her works have investigated animal navigation and migration, human impact on natural sites, and the dependence of communities in east-central Illinois on the Mahomet aquifer. Her recent project Live Dancing Archive (2013) proposed that choreography itself is an archival practice for documenting environmental phenomena.

Deke Weaver | Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design; Affiliated faculty in the Department of Theater
Deke Weaver is a writer-performer, designer, and media artist whose research includes experimental theater. His lifelong performance undertaking The Unreliable Bestiary presents a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered species. He describes the project as "an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit."

KAM at The Art
Ticket price per night: $10/adult, $8.50/Annual Members of The Art Theater
Location: The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St., Champaign

March 7 | 7:30pm
Pickpocket (1959, 76 min), directed by Robert Bresson
Post-show discussion with Jean-Jacques Poucel, critic, poet, translator, and Visiting Professor of French Contemporary Literature; Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Krannert Art Museum; and Robert A. Rushing, Associate Professor of Comparative & World Literature

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.

March 14 | 7:30pm
An evening of time-bending experimental videos by two British collectives:
Semiconductor (Some Part of Us Will Have Become, 2012, 5 min 48 sec;
All the Time in the World
, 2005, 4 min 40 sec)
The Otolith Group (People to be Resembling, 2012, 22 min;
Otolith III
, 2009, 49 min)

Post-show discussion with Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Krannert Art Museum

Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) is an artist duo concerned with the ways science and technology mediate our experiences of the material world. Their films Some Part of Us Will Have Become (2012) and All the Time in The World (2005) look at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and seismic distrubances, respectively. Introducing tremors to the natural landscape, the work portrays Earth under constant dramatic shifts.

The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar & Kodwo Eshun) take their name from a part of the inner ear responsible for balance, orientation, and the perception of gravity. People to be Resembling (2012) is a “five-sided portrait” of the experimental jazz group Codona, founded by multi-instrumentalists Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos in 1978. Otolith III (2009), from the group’s Otolith Trilogy, imagines a conversation between legendary film director Satyajit Ray and his unrealized characters in The Alien, which would have been the first science fiction film set in contemporary India if Ray hadn’t had to abandon it in 1967.

March 21 | 7:30pm
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest hypnotic enigma Cemetery of Splendor, 2015

Post-show discussion with Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Krannert Art Museum and Austin McCann, Programmer, The Art Theater Co-op

From Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasthakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Syndromes & a Century) comes CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR. In this film, soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including colored light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her.

Andrea Geyer, Insistence

April 5
Artist Talk | 5:30 pm

Featuring exhibiting artist Andrea Geyer, associate professor of New Genres, Art Media, and Technology, Parsons: The New School for Design
Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum
Location: Lower Level, KAM Auditorium (rm 62)

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Allan deSouza

Tomorrow, 2004
from the series The Lost Pictures
Digital C-print
Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery
New York/New Delhi

Lorraine O’Grady
The First and Last of the Modernists, Diptych 2 Green (Charles and Michael) 2010
Two Fujiflex prints Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates
New York

Raqs Media Collective
An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale
Single-channel video of colored and animated archival photograph
3:34 minutes, looped Courtesy of the artists and Frith Street Gallery

Andrea Geyer
HD video, color, sound
15.20 minutes
Courtesy of the artist