T2, Theater 2
James Richards. Foreground: *Active Negative programme*. 2008. Video (color, sound). 20 min. Background: *Untitled Merchandise (Lovers & Dealers)*. 2012. Six machine-knitted nylon blankets. 152 x 228 cm. Installation view from *The Imaginary Museum,* Kunstverein Munich, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul and London and Cabinet, London

Recently nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize for his video Rosebud (2013), James Richards (English, b. 1983) is known for his provocative and visually seductive moving-image works. Collaged from a wide range of source material, from intimate home movies, archival footage, and television clips to obscure Internet streams, the artist's work dissolves fixed form through reconfiguration and remix. His installations and improvisational video compositions address the relentless flow of imagery that has defined the 21st century, carving out a space for the exploration of personal politics and new digital materiality. Richards is also an archaeologist of media histories, conducting research and curating projects about obscure practices and obsolete technologies. Two works by Richards, Rosebud and Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off (2011), will be on view in the exhibition Cut to Swipe, opening at MoMA on October 11. For this Modern Monday, the artist will present some of his own pieces alongside a selection of videos by artists he continues to champion as key precedents for his own work. The evening will be moderated by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art. Richards will be joined in conversation by London-based writer and editor Chris McCormack.

This film accompanies Modern Mondays.