POSTPONED Whole Grain: The Absurdist Video Art of Mika Rottenberg

Film still of the profile of a white woman with an absurdly long nose in a blonde wig with objects on shelves behind her.
Mika Rottenberg, NoNoseKnows, 2015, video, 21 minutes, 58 seconds

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Join us for a screening of two recent video works by artist Mika Rottenberg.

  • NoNoseKnows (2015, US, 21 minutes, 58 seconds, video)

  • Spaghetti Blockchain (2019, US, 18 minutes, 3 seconds, video)

About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video.

Whole Grain is programmed by Assistant Director for Engagement, Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

About the Films

NoNoseKnows (2015, US, 21 minutes, 58 seconds, video) Mika Rottenberg’s fantastical NoNoseKnows explores the mass production of cultured pearls for the luxury market, labor almost exclusively performed by women. Much of the video was shot in Zhuji, China, while the rest was staged and recorded in New York on a custom-designed set.

“[…] I guess it is funny because I don’t know what else it would be. Maybe sad… I’m not sure. When you’re not sure if it’s sad or absurd, that’s the reaction I’m looking for.” –Mika Rottenberg, The Art Newspaper

Spaghetti Blockchain (2019, US, 18 minutes, 3 seconds, video) Named for the digital ledger used to publicly and chronologically record cryptocurrency transactions, this film seems to highlight the power of the Internet to link even the most distant corners of the world. Cycling between Tuvan throat singers in Siberia, the CERN Antimatter Factory in France, and a potato farm in Maine, the video provides viewers with a global, quasi-touristic experience through the Internet.

About the Artist

Mika Rottenberg was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Exploring the seduction, magic, and desperation of a hyper-capitalist, globally-connected reality, her visual narratives draw on cinematic and sculptural traditions to forge a new language–one that uses cause and effect structures to explore labor and globalization, economy and production of value, and how our own affective relationships are increasingly monetized. Working in video, installation, and sculpture, Rottenberg is interested in making reality blend with her personal fiction; she features women with unconventional bodies in performances about labor, production, and the psychological implications of physical existence. She currently lives and works in upstate New York.

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