Proteus Gowanus » Reanimation Library An interdisciplinary gallery and reading room Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exploring Nowhere: Mirages, Digital Maps, and the Historical Problem of Location Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:55:05 +0000 Sunday, February 23, 4pm
Admission Fee: $5

Location Services are ON! In this time of hyper-locatability via digital maps, what kinds of places and things might still remain lost?  Marget Long and Carolyn Dinshaw look to the optical phenomenon of the mirage—a strange and elusive “nowhere” often perceived as water—to explore the broad concepts of location and locatability. The talk investigates the mirage’s visual and cultural history through a wide array of materials: medieval maps and legends of Paradise, early 20th-century Arctic exploration, and photographs and video works from Long’s project on mirages. Long and Dinshaw take a long view of the mirage– an illusion that prompts an irrational experience of time and space–in order finally to imagine how to work and play with current digital mapping technologies intended to work us. 

You Were Drifting Still

You Were Drifting Still

Photographs and video from Marget Long’s current series entitled Mirage Mirage are currently on view as part of the exhibition, Gowanus Branch/Reanimation Library, the second show of Proteus Gowanus’ Water theme year.

MARGET LONG’s art practice is centered around the physical experiences and sensory politics of photographic technologies, now and in the past.  Her recent artist’s book, Flash + Cube (1965-1975) [Punctum Books, 2012], traces the sensory links between light, war, history and photography through a forgotten piece of technology, the Sylvania flash cube.  Long frequently lectures on photography, new media, and visual culture.  Her work has been screened and exhibited at many venues, including The Brooklyn Museum, British Film Institute, Exit Art, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Hasted Kraeutler gallery, and American Cinémathèque in Los Angeles.

CAROLYN DINSHAW’s research interests center on the relationship between past and present. She is the author, most recently, of How Soon Is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time (Duke, 2012), as well as Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (Duke, 1999), and Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics (Wisconsin, 1989). She is founding co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke UP). She teaches at NYU, where she is chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.
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Reanimation Library/Gowanus Branch Reception Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:57:36 +0000 Saturday, January 11, 6 – 10 pm

Our project-in-residence Reanimation Library presents the second exhibition of our yearlong investigation of Water. The exhibition, Reanimation Library/Gowanus Branch, presents new work by Jen Bervin, David East, and Marget Long. The exhibition will also include a selection of water-related books from the library’s collection. The exhibition works in sculpture, photography, video, installation and textile all grew out of an initial encounter with printed material, often from the library’s own collection. The exhibition runs from January 4 through March 16, 2014.

meander belt
Mississippi River Meander Belt, Howard Fisk 1944 

Jen Bervin will present a section of her large-scale installation River—a 230 ft. panoramic scale model of the Mississippi River rendered in reflective hand-sewn silver sequins.
David East’s site-specific installation, Pastoral Double Plot (Non-Circulating) explores the theme of water by referencing one of its greatest consumers – the American suburban lawn.
Marget Long will exhibit photographs and video from her current series Mirage Mirage.
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Reanimation Library Travels to MOMA Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:58:41 +0000 Lock, stock and barrel, the Reanimation Library has moved temporarily to MOMA as part of Print Studio, an interactive space that explores the evolution of artistic practices relating to the medium of print.  Be sure to visit Andrew and the Library at MOMA from January 23-March 9. Meanwhile, back at Proteus, in partnership with our Project-In-Residence, The Museum of Matches, we will be launching a new temporary project in the Reanimation space. The Berlin Tunnel Project, opening January 28, will be an installation inspired by a declassified CIA document. Stay tuned for more on this.

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Wine Reception for Migration Sat, 10 Sep 2011 00:42:57 +0000 Saturday, September 17, 7pm

Please join us for a wine reception to welcome the artists for our first Migration exhibition of the 2011/12 Migration year and to view the art, artifacts and books on display.

The artists are: Aileen Bassis, Meredith Bergmann, The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, Lola Bunting, Marie Cieri, Viv Corringham, Dillon de Give,  Sarah Lederman, Portia Munson, Lance Rutledge, Randall Stoltzfus, Lorena Turner James Walsh and, in partnership with Reanimation Library, Ami Yamasaki.

Yamasaki will perform a short musical work as part of her Feather-Music Installation which travels from Reanimation Library through the Proteus spaces into our main gallery. To see the installation process, click here.

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