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Video Viewing Room: Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin

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Vomitorium is a tragicomic reflection on the history of metatheatre from religious ritual to livestreaming. Part of Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin’s ongoing analysis of madness and mimesis in drag and trans performance, this video installation is their largest-scale project to date.

The four-channel, three-hour video installation Vomitorium premiered in an exhibition of the same name, presented by The Kitchen at Queenslab from February 22–March 14, 2020. Additional information about this work is available on the exhibition press release and in an interview with the artists.

This Video Viewing Room features a 3D rendering of the installation alongside a single-channel excerpt from the video. 


Excerpt from Vomitorium 360, 3D rendering of the exhibition Vomitorium, presented by The Kitchen at Queenslab from February 22–March 14, 2020. (For mobile users, please click here to view on YouTube.)

Single-channel excerpt (3:35 minutes) from Vomitorium, 2020, four-channel, 3 hours

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Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin are New York-based artists working across theater, film, poetry, and digital media. Vomitorium is part of their ongoing analysis of madness and mimesis in drag and trans performance. They began developing these personae for Bieber Bathos Elegy at the Whitney Museum in 2016 and in Folie à Deux at David Lewis Gallery in 2018. Their work together has also been presented at MOCA Los Angeles, Issue Project Room, Anthology Film Archives, the Drawing Center, Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, and Pilar Corrias Gallery.

Image: 1) Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin, Vomitorium, 2020. Installation view, The Kitchen at Queenslab. Photo by Phoebe d’Heurle. 2) Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin, Vomitorium, 2020. Installation view, The Kitchen at Queenslab. Photo by Phoebe d’Heurle.


The Video Viewing Room series makes recent video works and archival performance recordings available online for one month at a time. 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. To see a hand-drawn floor plan that shows where the Video Viewing Room was located within The Kitchen’s space at 59 Wooster Street circa 1984, click here.

Video Viewing Room: Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin is made possible with the support of the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; annual grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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