Image Credit: Liz Magic Laser, still from The Thought Leader, 2015
A Rule By Nobody
Presented by Third Object
As part of the Fall Curatorial Residency
at Sector 2337
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 16th, 7 pm, $5
A Rule By Nobody is an exploration of the boredoms, frustrations and pleasures of bureaucratic routines. Drawing its title from Hannah Arendt’s definition of bureaucracy, the exhibition takes the bored energy of office labor and channels it into a multipart dive into the sublimely overflowing inbox, the inky warm Xerox room, the balled up wads of red tape, and the moments of escape that punctuate the droning beige sameness of nine to five.
This video program is a motivational, team-building corporate retreat through other people’s daily grinds. The works in the screening emulate and parody various workplaces and their hierarchical structures to reveal inner formulas, dogmas and breaking points.
Hanne Lippard, Beige, 2013, Germany, digital video, 6m5s, color, sound
Kay Rosen, Sisyphus, 1991/2011, USA, digital video, 2m1s, black and white, no sound
Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, 2015, USA, digital video, 9m21s, color, sound
Simon Denny, Diligent Boardbooks Website Presentation, 2011, Germany, digital video, 1m20s, color, sound
Ellen Nielsen, Flower Office, 2016, USA, digital video, 3m18s, color, sound
Jodie Mack, Unsubscribe #3: Glitch Envy, 2010, USA, 16mm, 5m45s, color, sound
Lawrence Weiner, To and Fro. Fro and To. And To and Fro. And Fro and To., 1972, USA, 1/2” open reel video transferred to digital video, black and white, sound
Pilvi Takala, The Trainee, 2008, Finland, digital video, 13m52s, color, sound
Andrew Norman Wilson, Workers Leaving the Googleplex, 2009-2011, USA, digital video, 11m3s, color, sound
This exhibition series is organized under the Fall Curatorial Residency at Sector 2337. It is composed of a two-part group exhibition, an ongoing back room installation, a video screening at the Nightingale Cinema, a live performance, and a printed publication.
Third Object is a roving curatorial collective based in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Slow Stretch, Mana Contemporary Chicago; Satellites, The Franklin; Were the Eye Not Sunlike, ACRETV and Fernwey; and Mossy Cloak, Roots and Culture. Third Object is Ann Meisinger, Raven Munsell, and Gan Uyeda.
A Rule By Nobody is made possible through the support of Sector 2337, the Propeller Fund, Direct Office Furniture Warehouse, Video Data Bank and the Nightingale Cinema.