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September 14, 2006




THE MARISA AND BEN SHOW :: Saturday, September 30 :: Admission: $8 :: Showtimes: 7:30pm and 10pm (reservations are recommended: 718.384.1369) :: MONKEY TOWN, 58 N 3rd St (btw Wythe & Kent), Williamsburg, Brooklyn :: Subway: L Train to Bedford.

Join film festival prankster Ben Coonley and internet artist Marisa Olson for an evening of "ubiquitous media:" PowerPoint presentation send-ups, subversive Blogging, pro-sporting simulacra, and a host of new media topsy-turveydom. By appropriating amateur technologies to create innovative and amusing forms of entertainment, Ben and Marisa give us a slice of "life as art," just maybe pointing out that the kind of life our culture leads brings forth absurd new ways of experiencing it. The program will consist of some never-before-screened gems and a two-channel collaborative installation specifically created for Monkey Town.

Website for Marisa: http://www.marisaolson.com
Website for Ben: http://www.tvchannel.tv/

Marisa Olson: Marisa Olson's performance-based work revolves around the shared histories of popular music, cinema, and sound recording technologies. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates internet art, videos, audio recordings, drawings, and installations in tandem with live performance, to make statements about life, communication, and the voice in contemporary digital culture. these works are often infused with mixed metaphors about the relations between talent, fame, and failure.

Marisa studied art at Goldsmiths College, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and Rhetoric and Film Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work has most recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, New Langton Arts, the Art Gallery of Knoxville, Side Cinema-UK, and the New York and Chicago Underground Film Festivals. While Wired has called her both funny and humorous, the New York Times has called her "anything but stupid."

Ben Coonley: Ben Coonley is a video and performance artist who uses comic pedagogical styles and direct audience address to explore aspects of media culture and film history. Drawing from the avant garde canon and amateur/public access video conventions, his videos are sardonic no-brow subversions of cinematic form and genre. Born in Boston (1976), Coonley studied Art Semiotics at Brown University, and received his MFA from Bard College. His works have been screened at venues and film festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Underground Film Festival, Cinematexas and the Pacific Film Archive. He is a regular contributor to Movies with Live Soundtracks, a quarterly DIY film/performance series based in Providence, RI. He lives in Brooklyn.

Presented by Nick Hallett (HARKNESS A/V)

Posted by jo at September 14, 2006 04:20 PM