Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art will present Body Language, an exhibition in video format to be screened on High Line Channel 14. The series of outdoor projections of art videos may be viewed through April 26, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m., in the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line at West 14th Street in New York.
Body Language features works by Hannah Black and Sara Magenheimer, whose videos explore the ways in which language determines and is eluded by our relationships to our bodies. Although speech is inherently bodily – sculpted by our hand gestures, larynx, vocal chords, and breath emanating from the lungs – it also divides our understanding of our bodies in the world, creating distinctions that we would not necessarily otherwise perceive.
Hannah Black’s (b. Manchester, United Kingdom) The Neck (2014) bridges her memory of failing to include connecting body parts – necks, ankles, wrists – in her childhood drawings with larger political questions about mediation. Her video Team Jolie (2013) flashes between close-cropped images of Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston – subjects of a ubiquitous celebrity feud – while enumerating the personal experience of embodying stereotypical female roles, including that of “a machine for producing affection.”
Sara Magenheimer’s (b. 1981, Philadelphia) From the Movie of the Same Name (2016) marches disembodied proper names across a black screen. Her second featured work, Best is Man’s Breath Quality (2015), aligns the images of a jellyfish as narrator and Kim Kardashian as two translucent vessels for meaning, leaving the actual voice of the narrator to become the true carrier of meaning.
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