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Kurt Ralske's new solo exhibition 'Jean-Luc Godard DATASET' at SIA, NYC

30.03.2016 - 12.04.2016/General, Gallery
Kurt Ralske's new solo exhibition 'Jean-Luc Godard DATASET' at SIA, NYC
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Sia NY is pleased to present Kurt Ralske's new solo exhibition Jean-Luc Godard DATASET featuring his video installations of Jean Luc Godard’s films. The opening reception is on Thursday, March 31 from 6 - 8pm, and an artist talk will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 2 - 3pm. 

Between 1960 and 1967, director Jean-Luc Godard completed 15 movies, from his classic debut "Breathless" (1960) to the notoriously extreme "Weekend" (1967). In Jean-Luc Godard DATASET, New York-based artist Kurt Ralske creates a collision between “big data” analytics and Godard’s universe of poetry and politics. The first 15 films of Godard’s oeuvre are treated as if they are mere information: nothing more than a few hundred gigabytes of pixels or a few megabytes of text — a dataset to be totalized, processed, and analyzed.

In the video "Godard Faceness 1960-1967" (2016), a facial detection algorithm extracts 2 million images of faces from the dataset, which are presented as an ever-morphing stream of hybridized ghost-like faces. The complete dialogue from Godard’s films becomes a single monolithic color field (the print "Jean-Luc Godard Too Long Didn’t Read"), or a stream of automatically-generated text messages (the video "Fin de SMS"). Statistics created from an analysis of the pixel data of the films are unhelpfully correlated with negative critical reviews dating from the time of the films’ release.

The results thrown up by the analysis of the dataset are mysterious, sublime, oblique, or blank. In the end, the artifacts derived from the “Godard Dataset” do not tell us much about Godard’s films — instead, they point elsewhere, making visible the types of slippage that occur when we attempt to translate information into knowledge.

More information can be found here.
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