Christine Gloggengiesser / Group IV, Apr 97 - Sept 97


9/13/97 to 9/28/97

MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA

Titled to play off of J.F. Kennedy's famous Cold War quote, the film "Ich bin ein L.A." was the final project of the whole group. In four episodes, the artists reacted to the different possibilities of identification they experienced in Los Angeles. Characteristic locations worked as visual points of transition between the individual sequences. Schlegel/Teckert worked with the already established filmic image of Los Angeles. They readdressed Hollywood movie locations in order to create spatial and temporal relationships that represented their own perceptions of the city. The Schlegel/Teckert episode showed a drive to the urban wastelands of downtown L.A. The drive shifts seamlessly into a sequence from the 1967 film "Point Blank" about a mysterious red package, which has appeared in the previous three segments of "Ich bin ein L.A." In her episode "Cat Walk," Christine Gloggengiessser marked different stations of an odyssey through L.A. Between "Wandering Dr" and "Highlight Pl," the street turns into a catwalk, the city into a set. As a pedestrian—an endangered species—Gloggengiesser experienced distance and marginalization in the automotive city of Los Angeles. Without a vehicle, the body becomes visible and reveals Hollywood's glamorous mystique and concomitant despair. Nicole Six's episode presented the testruns of her specially produced airbags. Partially enveloped in these artificial layers, people moved through city locations such as parking lots and shopping malls, causing immediate changes to their bodies by inflating the airbags, which were defined as shields, as well as catalysts for communication. In their episode, G.R.A.M. tied the great California automobile-driven dream to the road-movie tradition. Their FORD DREAMLOVER 97, repainted like a '60s toy car, was consecrated in the Nevada desert by artist Reverend Ethan Acres from Las Vegas. A spectacular as well as delightful ritual, this performance combined structures of contemporary art with those of religious liturgy. In addition to their work on the film, the residents exhibited work that either related to the film or represented current projects.

Christine Gloggengeisser offered "Makeup Reality," an exhibition of photos that reflected on the glamour and misery of Hollywood.

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