my nights are more beautiful than your days: online exhibition launches tonight
Taking its name from the sexy surrealist drama of Andrzej Żuławski’s 1989 film, the exhibition explores the warped synergy of the corporeal and the digital, curated by Osman Can Yerebakan.
Still from: Jordan Bortner, thank you for your cooperation, 2016
At the start of Andrzej Żuławski's 1989 film My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days, Lukas, a computer scientist, finds himself batted between two emotionally intense revelations. The notes for a new online exhibition of the same name -- launching tonight in New York -- describe the opening scenes:
"'Those are nicer than my images' utters Lucas, while looking at the radiant X-rays of his ailing brain. Seconds later he receives a morbid announcement from his doctor: an unknown disease is deteriorating his ability to reason and speak. Reckless and self-involved, Lucas encounters Blanche at a bar. She is a mysterious and erratic nightclub performer possessing the obscure ability to foretell the future. While at the bar, an assistant fills Lucas in on the booming success of his recently invented computer program. 'Europe is using your language' cries the friend, preparing Lucas for his awaiting fame and prosperity, unaware of his waning ability to comprehend".
Inspired by this "potpourri of unparalleled dialogues, wayward acts and psychedelic ambiences blanketed by chaos and tumult" and by "the inherently warped harmony between the corporeal and the digital -- between the animal and the artificial," Osman Can Yerebakan has curated an online exhibition that presents the work of ten contemporary artists; work ranging from photoshop 'corrections' of the natural world and distortions of 80s workout photography, to split screen mountains (who are in love), video games, surveillance footage, dirty gifs and a CIA spell checker.
The online exhibition has an IRL launch party in at the AC Institute in New York tonight, Friday 29 April. Dubbed 'Nights Days', the event presents sculpture and interactive work by Allison Wade and Emily Greenberg, a reading by Daniel Temkin and video work from Jordan Bortner, Sean Capone, Christopher K. Ho and Elizabeth Riley. There will also be a special sound and video performance by Michael Clemow.
The online exhibition My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days can be found at acinstitute.org/nightsdays, and the launch event is at the AC Institute 7-9pm tonight, Friday 29 April.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography still from Jordan Bortner, thank you for your cooperation, 2016, Single channel HD video, 3:10 minutes