Presented as part of “AUNTSforcamera” and R&D Season: CHOREOGRAPHY.
An important interactive component of the installation of “AUNTSforcamera” at the New Museum includes a series of nine artist-devised tours, which have been organized using AUNTS’ chain-curation model. Nine artists have been invited by “AUNTSforcamera” artists to create a response to the exhibition in the form of a tour, which will be performed exclusively for and with participating audiences. Nessa Norich was invited by Cara Francis.
Francis’s REMOTE includes interviews and dances between Museum visitors and an AR drone flown inside the New Museum Theater, exploring the ways in which technology enables acts of love and violence from increasing distances. Responding to the interaction between the sinister and the playful in Francis’s work, Norich’s tour for “AUNTSforcamera” casts participants as members of an impromptu film crew who will turn their cameras on one another and find choreography in mundane behavior, seeking significance in the banal through the camera’s lens. Norich, a performer with a background in physical comedy, performs the role of the dictatorial yet haphazard “Director.”
In keeping with the spirit of AUNTS, the currency of exchange for attending these tours is not monetary; instead visitors must provide proof of submission to #auntsforcamera, an interactive work by Karl Scholz included in the “AUNTSforcamera” exhibition. #auntsforcamera utilizes the downloadable app OchoVideo to record eight-second user-generated video clips to become part of a sequenced single-channel video installation (on view in the New Museum lobby) that accumulates over the course of the entire project from September 8, 2014, to February 15, 2015.