February 3, 2010  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Turning Some Pages

For 9 Screens, which opens today at MoMA, Nicolás Guagnini, along with Kathy Halbreich, Luis Peréz-Oramas, and Klaus Biesenbach, commissioned five New York–based artists and collectives to create videos for display on the nine information screens above the ticketing desk in the Museum’s lobby.

My contribution, Turning Some Pages, greets the viewer with a series of questions, observations, and propositions—a fragmented narrative that sets the tone for a particular way of looking that is also a way of reading. The work plays with the idea of the intertitle, traditionally used in silent films, as a possible narrative equivalent to the space and function of the museum lobby. Turning Some Pages addresses, among other things, the conditions of pleasure, the affective reality of viewing art, memory, repetition, and art as a form of art history.

Much of my practice examines the reciprocal relationship between remembering and forgetting, revealing how this symbiosis influences both the perception of experience and the production of narrative. In my projects I tend to catalogue, classify, appropriate, read, misread, and re-tell. The idea of translation and the notion of narrative—or, more precisely, the notion of a narrative, translated—is a recurrent motif in my work.

Each video created for 9 Screens will be shown in a continuous loop for a three-week period. Subtly or explicitly responding to their location at MoMA, the videos replace institutional information at a bustling site of exchange, ensuring that every visitor’s first experience at the Museum is an encounter with a work of art.