Personal Work and Videogames In the Spotlight at 2003 New York Video Festival

by Eugene Hernandez

An image from Shelly Silver's "Suicide," which is playing at the 2003 New York Video Festival. Courtesy: Film Society of Lincoln Center

Videogames will take centerstage on July 23rd as the Film Society of Lincoln Center kicks off the 2003 New York Video Festival. A program dubbed "Game Engine" will present a selection of videogame work on the opening night of the event, which runs through July 27th, and include appearances by Katie Salen, Ze Frank, Cory Arcangel, Paul Marino and others.

A program dubbed "Strangers in a Strange Land" explores the "dreams, disappointments, achievements, fears, and hopes" of people who live outside of their homeland. Included in the five video program are Mariam Ghani's "Permanent Transit," Ashraf Meer's "Underground: Letter from an Immigrant," Paul Forrer's "Beese and Vietnamese," Tran T. Kim Trang's "amaurosis," and Jussara Figueredo's "I Want To Be A Number."

In "Visual Radio," an annual survey of music videos, Armond White of the New York Press will examine a collection of work that includes DJ Shadow, Johnny Cash, Kylie Minogue, and others. "Just as pop music constantly remakes radio content," offers the Film Society in its notes on the program, "Videomakers redefine video as a medium for radiating emotion and experience."

On July 26th, curators will offer two submissions that "by spooky coincidence," in their words, "yielded two eerily similar works by artists on opposite sides of the world." Both "Suicide" by American Shelly Silver and "A Silent Day" by Japan-based Takashi Ito are set in Japan. The two projects, in the words of the Film Society, "depict a fictional filmmaker obsessively creating autobiographical work as she uneasily contemplates ending her life."

The 2003 New York Video Festival was curated by Marian Masone, Gavin Smith, Graham Leggat, and Cord Dueppe. All screenings will take place at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

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