|Friday, May 26, 7pm $2
Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video Series
Presented by the UWM Department of Film
the eteam's 1.1 Acre Flat Screen
(video, 45 min., 2004)
Property Is Fantasy!
Purchase: On September 5th, 2002 we purchased 1.1 Acres of land in the desert of Utah on eBay. The seller's description promoted a very flat and buildable area with mountain views. There were no building or zoning restrictions
"1.1 Acre Flat Screen is a 45-minute video about a year-long effort to improve a lot of 1.1 acres of desert land in Utah, which we purchased on September 4th, 2002 on eBay. The video starts with ways of finding a lot in the desert, using satellite images, topographical maps, a compass and string. It displays ideas and plans on how to improve the land's value and documents our preparations to face the unforgiving desert. In August 2003 we finally went back to the lot and stayed there in order to stop one of the trains that run nearby. Train stops have often been the first sign of an infrastructural improvement in an area and are also an option to make a living in the desert."
eteam (Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger)
"There's nothing more conceptual than actually getting something done. eteam, Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, two German artists living in the United States, has turned practicality into an aesthetic absurdum by pursuing odd tasks to their outlandish conclusions. eteam's finest moment of home improvement can be found in the wonky work 1.1 Acre Flat Screen. This is a precise, detailed, and riotous account of their purchase of a small tract of dusty acreage through an eBay auction. eteam tracks their acquisition to a sagebrush-laden void in southwestern Utah whose indistinguishable expanse makes it the perfect foil for fantasizing. As if upon the more familiar flat screen of their computer, the artists begin to project a domesticated mirage atop their slab of high desert. 'Surrounded by big dreams,' they offer, 'the lot was perfect as it was.' Happy times for Conceptual Art; a grave defeat for Home Depot."
Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive
The eteam is a two-artist collaboration based in New York. The two members, Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, work on site-specific projects, videos and installations. Their performative installations have recently been shown at MUMOK (Vienna), eyebeam (NYC), Grizedale (England), Halle 14 (Leipzig), Hudson Clearing (NYC) and at Momenta Gallery (Brooklyn). Recent screenings of their videos have taken place at the New York Video Festival (NYC), the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and at the Transmediale Festival (Berlin). The eteam has been awarded residencies at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and Harvestwork. Past works include "Quick Click" and "127 illuminated Windows" at the LMCC World Trade Center residency, NY and "Christmas Tree Farm for Self Cutters," Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens (in collaboration with D. Seiple).