Past Public Program
Media, Memory, and Perception: A Conversation with Artist Orr Menirom
Friday, May 3, 8:30-9:30 am
East Village, NYC (address upon RSVP)
Join us for a conversation with artist Orr Menirom, who will share recent video work about the relationship between media, memory, and perception, and language as a political instrument. Menirom will discuss her two-channel video installation Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time (pictured above), based on a CNN debate from 2016 between democratic presidential candidates in the U.S. In the video, visuals from the debate are replaced with footage shot by Menirom of plants, animals and other natural phenomena, and select words from the politician’s speeches are used to describe these images. The candidates’ voices distort into a digital, robotic dialog, turning the debate into an abstract landscape, or Rorschach test, onto which viewers can project their own thoughts and associations. Menirom will also share an experimental documentary work-in-progress that imagines how non-human intelligence perceives, and how this influences both human perception and the way we engage with computers.
Orr Menirom’s work examines how digital moving images reflect upon, and interject with the daily reality of our social and political life. She received her MFA from the Film & Video department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Menirom was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL), NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program (NY) and ISCP (NY). Recent exhibition venues include Houldsworth Gallery (London, UK), Roaming Room (London, UK) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL). Recent talks include Rixc Center for New-Media Culture (Riga, LT), and Dartmouth College (NH), among others. www.orrmenirom.com