#tbt to 1995: Video Spaces: Eight Installations surveyed recent work by nine major video artists working in “environmental video”—three-dimensional video installation or video sculpture. These three-dimensional experiments had “emerged as the most fertile forms of video art,” curator Barbara London argued in the exhibition catalogue. “By releasing the image from a single screen and embedding it in an environment, artists have extended their installations in time and space.” The artists in the show included Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, and Teiji Furuhashi (who passed away from AIDS-related illness one month after the exhibition’s close). Furuhashi’s video work Lovers (1994), an immersive, room-sized multimedia installation featuring projections of Furuhashi and members of his Kyoto-based artist collective Dumb Type, was the artist’s only solo work.
Read the catalogue, see the original 1995 exhibition website, and more at mo.ma/52exhibitions. 15 of #52exhibitions
Now on view: Tony Oursler’s Imponderable, a supernatural “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects (scents, vibrations, etc.).
Do you believe in magic? Artist Tony Oursler spoke to BOMB magazine about his love of all things supernatural, including the uncanny valley, UFOs, and spirit photography. Oursler’s “5-D” cinematic environment Imponderable is on view along with remarkable objects from his personal archive through January 8.
Tony Oursler’s Grand Illusions, Science Left at the Door
Experience the “mystic flames, smoke & ectoplasmic phenomena” (The New York Times) of Tony Oursler: Imponderable. Presented in a “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects (scents, vibrations, etc.), Imponderable is an immersive feature-length film inspired by Oursler’s own archive of ephemera relating to stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal.