Michael Smith (1951, lives and works in New York) is a video and performance artist who invokes the routines of popular comedy to articulate the banality and hype of mass consumer culture, and the isolation of those whose inner lives are defined by it. In a series of videotapes, performances and installations, which he has produced since the late 1970s, Smith chronicles the trivial dreams and adventures of his eponymous alter-ego, the bland, deadpan “Mike,” a postmodern Everyman who believes everything and understands nothing in his media-saturated world.
The tragicomic tales of this underdog hero are performed by Smith within the parodic context of pop cultural formats: sitcoms, music videos, TV ads, variety and game shows. Smith’s cunning lies in turning the media back on itself, in connecting the worlds of art and pop, culture and kitsch, an ironic approach that prompted J. Hoberman of The Village Voice to call him “a lower Manhattan cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Joseph K.”
At Ellen de Bruijne Projects Michael Smith will show his video “do it” (or How to Curate your Own Group Exhibition), produced by the Museum in Progress. Also on view the slide show “The Second Annual Finals of the U.S.A. Freestyle Disco Championship”. And his latest video work “Famous Quotes From Art History”, produced by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In this short video, Smith parodies the sort of cultural and educational programming interlude that one might see on European or American public television. Famous Quotes From Art History presents the bon mots of Henri Matisse as drolly recited, in French, by Smith, who then executes Matisse’s suggestions with hilarious literalism.
(Elissa Santiago & Voin de Voin)
Kangaroo Productions are back.
This time in a sublime catwalk of their changing faces, crushing ice, thinking of glass. They walk posing questions of the emotional capacity of freedom to the local citizens/social realism-a fundamental failure and inability to confront their own characters. They play with parenthesis of ‘the pleasure tendency’.
Decline of pleasure; rise of leisure ‘pleasure is defined as self-determination and un-paid for enjoyment’ whilst leisure is ‘managed, mediated and paid -for recreation.’ Dogs bark, the caravan travels on…their art’s superfluous, on fire, so they build a tower of New Babylon.
Performance: 6 March, 17.00- 19.00h (during the opening)
Installation: 6 – 29 March
KANGAROO PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
invites you for two actions at Dolores
Saturday 20 March, 17.00-19.00h with guest NUNO CARRUSCA
From 5 to 7 pm Ellissa Santiago and Nuno Carrusca in a partly scripted conversation, topics ranging from conspiracies of silence and ping pong geographies to permutations of erected tiptoes.
“It is merely operative. It is no longer imitation neither double or parody. An alibi, a strategy of mental somatic and sexual recycling”.
Saturday 27 March, 17.00-19.00 with guest TANIA THEODOROU