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New Monthly Presentations, September–November, 2021

The Video Viewing Room series makes recent video works and archival recordings available online. This initiative revives The Kitchen’s longstanding Video Viewing Room—a dedicated space within our buildings from 1975 through the early 1990s. Functioning at first as a resource facility where visitors could watch their own tapes or view videos from The Kitchen’s archive and collection, in fall 1978 the Video Viewing Room began to feature curated programs of artists’ videos.

In fall 2021, the Video Viewing Room continues online as a monthly series with presentations by Jen Liu in September, Ilana Harris-Babou in October, and Neta Bomani in November.


Jen Liu >< Fred Ho /// Electropore >< Warrior Sisters
Available to view beginning September 30, 2021

Artist Jen Liu premieres a new video short, Electropore, as part of her ongoing project Pink Slime Caesar Shift (2017–present). Through this new piece, Liu responds to the work of composer, baritone saxophonist, and activist Fred Ho (1957– 2014), whose foundational concepts—political revolution through artistic form, Black and Asian American coalition building, matriarchal socialism, and capitalism as biotoxicity—continue to resonate today. Liu will present Electropore in tandem with archival materials related to the sci-fi opera from which it draws inspiration: Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors, by Ho and librettist Ann T. Greene, staged at The Kitchen in 2000. The Video Viewing Room will also feature working materials that draw out Liu’s conceptual affinities with Ho and her reframing of the original opera within an anonymous and electrified/digitized paradigm, as the extension of her own explorations of contemporary labor activism, grassroots genetic engineering, and femme filiation. Organized by Alison Burstein, Curator, Media and Engagement.


Ilana Harris-Babou
Available to view beginning October 25, 2021

Artist Ilana Harris-Babou presents recent video work, along with related materials such as text, images, and research references. In the artist’s words, her work “speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture, using humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom.” Organized by Alison Burstein, Curator, Media and Engagement.


Neta Bomani
Available to view beginning November 22, 2021

Dark matter objects: Technologies of capture and things that can’t be held is a one of a kind audiobook compiled by Neta Bomani for children and adults about how the master-slave relationship organizes social, political, economic, racialized, gendered and other cybernetic relations contained within the feedback loop that produces technological infrastructure. The audiobook features music performances by Christelle Bofale and Contour alongside narration by Alexander Fefegha, American Artist, Ashley Jane Lewis, Bomani Oseni McClendon, Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, Galen Macdonald, Fred Moten, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Laolu Numa, Lina Chang, Marilyn Nance, Melanie Hoff, Sadé Powell, Simone Browne, Sol Cabrini de la Ciudad, Stephanie Dinkins, Sydney Spann, and Zisiga Mukulu. Read more at netabomani.com/darkmatter. Organized by Legacy Russell, Executive Director and Chief Curator.

As part of the presentation of this work, Bomani is encouraging audiences to join her in supporting Survived and Punished NY in calling for New York state to deliver reparations for criminalized survivors. Read the report here. Make a tax deductible donation to Survived & Punished here.



Artist Bios
Jen Liu is a visual artist working in video, painting, biomaterial, sculpture, and performance, on topics of national identity, labor economy, and the reinterpretation of archival artifacts. Liu has presented work at The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, and MoMA in New York; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; KW Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien; Guangzhou Times Museum; UCCA Beijing; Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the 2014 Shanghai Biennale; the 2015, 2016, and 2018 Berlinale Forum Expanded; and the 2019 Singapore Biennial, among others. She has received the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video, the NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Media, LACMA Art + Tech Fellowship, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant; and Creative Capital. She is also on the film/video faculty at Bennington College.

Ilana Harris-Babou’s work is interdisciplinary, spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Arts & Design, Larrie, 80 WSE, and HESSE FLATOW in New York. Other venues include The Whitney Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), Kunsthaus Hamburg (Germany), La Casa Encendida (Spain), and West Space (Melbourne), among others. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and a BA in Art from Yale University.

Neta Bomani is an abolitionist, learner and educator who is interested in parsing information and histories while making things by hand with human and non-human computers. Bomani’s work combines archives, oral histories, computation, social practices, printmaking, paper engineering, zine making, and workshops to create do it yourself artifacts. Bomani received a graduate degree in Interactive Telecommunications from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Bomani has taught at the School for Poetic Computation, the New School and Yale University. Bomani has studied under Mariame Kaba, Simone Browne, Ruha Benjamin, Fred Moten and many others who inform Bomani’s work.


Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. To learn more about the Leadership Fund, click here.

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