J&L Variety Show
organized by Jason Fulford
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
at the Aperture Gallery & Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York City
Audio: Two Byrds. Mixed from a Jerry Byrd rag for
“Audio Guide” as part of Dexter Sinister’s 2008
Whitney Biennial project True Mirror.
Video: Pelicans hunting in the Gulf of Mexico.
James Holloway plays an organ in his apartment. Gospels,
hymns and show tunes. El Paso, TX, circa 2003. 8mm video,
transferred to digital.
Deconstructing Thirteen Stripes and a Rectangle.
Peep inside the one-eyed perfectly synchronized chaos
kaleidoscopes of the European Cyclops Serge Onnen!
DAVID LA SPINA
A Brief History of the Earth. This is a reinterpretation of the
binary imagery and audio track engraved on The Golden Record:
two identical 12” gold-plated records which are affixed to the
Voyager I and II spacecraft. The records are meant to relay the
story of our civilization.
Dave will improvise a short story based on a photograph he
sees for the first time in his life.
Caribbean Spirit, 2008. A pleasure boat falls out of phase
with itself. Video.
They will attempt to perform both popular and lesser-known
What is the ANALEMMA? With a few simple animations the
analemma can be readily understood. David Reinfurt will discuss
this and other mystical mathematics via a short overhead projector
ERNEST HEMINGWAY & LEANNE SHAPTON
Audio: In the 1950’s, A.E. Hotchner met up with Ernest
Hemingway in Cuba, and recorded this synopsis of a story,
In Harry’s Bar in Venice, onto an old Webster wire recorder.
It is one of the few recordings of Hemingway’s voice.
Visual: In 2008, Departures Magazine sent Leanne Shapton
to Venice, Italy to make drawings of famous writers’ haunts
in the city. Included are the hangouts of Lord Byron, Henry
James, Daphne du Maurier, Ernest Hemingway, John Ruskin,
Ezra Pound, George Sand, Mark Twain, Thomas Mann, and
Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. This is a sneak preview
of the drawings. (They have not yet been published.)
Corin will provide us with a package for unwrapping. The inside
and the outside will join as we follow its unveiling. We will need
an audience volunteer for this one.
Melinda Shopsin presents Andrew Lampert in the latter’s absence,
a short subject or two taken from life projected in slow motion with
Adam will improvise a short story based on a photograph he sees
for the first time in his life.
Beau Travail (excerpt), by Claire Denis, 1999.
Jason, I’d like you to show the final scene in Claire Denis’ film
Beau Travail. It’s my favorite dance in a film. On a side note, I saw
Denis Lavant (the actor doing the dancing) walking down a street in
Paris once, but he was sort of dressed like a homeless person, which
a friend of mine there said is how he always dresses, I guess to avoid
drawing attention. I wanted to tell him how much I liked his dance,
but I didn’t since I’m sure he hears that sort of thing all the time,
though you never know maybe he was having a moment of doubt
and would have appreciated the encouragement.