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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 Winter/Spring 2023, the Video Viewing Room continues online with presentations by Brian Fuata in January and more artists to be announced for upcoming months.

Brian Fuata: of a house besieged (preposition tweaked)
Available to view beginning January 27

For over a decade, Fuata has inhabited a ghost character in his improvisations, with a white bed sheet placed over his head. He has described this as “an evasion of representation”–a strategy for avoiding having to perform Brownness or queerness, or a way to let identity not be shown visually but rather through affect, while using humor and informational signposts to let the audience in and give them some agency in their experience of the improvisation. For this video, Fuata debuts a new shadow figure, silhouetted in front of a video still of the ghost from a previous performance. Fuata’s improvisatory action and nonsensical utterances contrast with his plainspoken introduction and the text on screen. Marking a moment of transition in his practice, this work becomes an initial exploration of what he calls post-improvisation film.

Brian Fuata: of a house besieged (preposition tweaked) is organized by Matthew Lyons, Curator.

The Kitchen’s programming is supported by grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Arison Art Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Willem de Kooning Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Marta Heflin Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Open Society Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Teiger 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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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

Image: Still from Brian Fuata, of a house besieged (preposition tweaked), 2020. Single-channel video, 11:49 minutes. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for Together in Art New Work, 2020. Supported by the Tindale Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist.

Image description: An image of Brian Fuata performing as a ghost behind a blue backdrop and a projected image, with a microphone and speaker set on the ground, alongside a banner of text that reads "diving gushing water sounds" in yellow at the top center of the image, with other text on the right side that reads "Aodhan wrote me a poem about ghosts doing their laundry."

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