Kurt Ralske: "Zero Frames per Second"
August 18 to September 12, 2008
Closing Reception and Artist's Talk: Friday, September 12, 6 to 7pm
MFA Computer Art Gallery
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Zero Frames per Second," an
exhibition of digital prints, slides, and video by MFA Computer Art
Department faculty member Kurt Ralske. The exhibition reflects the
artist's engagement with the restructuring of time based media and
will be on view from August 18 September 12, at the MFA Computer Art
Gallery, 132 West 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York City.
Kurt's large-format prints take a new look at the way we view film by
transforming an entire movie using self-programmed custom software. He
reinterprets the work of Godard, Kubrick, Murnau and others by
presenting each film as a single image. Within these images the
cinematic experience is freed from duration, narrative, and
signification, producing a visually abstract record of the information
from the 150,000 or so frames per film. One set of prints represent
only the motion that occurs within a film, while another represents
only what was motionless within the film.
Kurt Ralske's video installations, performances, digital prints and
software art have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Los Angeles
MOCA, and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. He created the
9-channel HD video installation that is permanently in the lobby of
the MoMA, in NYC. The New York Times has praised his "compelling,
ingenious alliance of sound and motion" and "technical wizardry".
The MFA Computer Art Gallery, located at 132 West 21st Street, 7th
Floor between 6th and 7th Avenues, will be open Monday through Friday
by appointment 10am to 6pm, and is closed on weekends and public
holidays. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair.
For further information or to schedule an appointment call
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader
and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947,
the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts
and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures
creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to
develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
"Zero Frames per Second" is made possible in part by The Media Arts
Fellowships (a program of Tribeca Film Institute, founded and
supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and The Experimental
Television Center's Finishing Funds program (supported by the
Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the