THE FORTUNETELLERS: ARCTIC CIRCLES (10:10)

Thursday June 24, 2010, 7 p.m.
At 21st/21st Salon, 551 W 21st Street, 3rd floor
curated by Beatrice Gross

The Fortunetellers: Arctic Circles (10:10), the second chapter of an autobiographical, narrative lecture, is based on a six-month residency the American artist Ellie Ga spent on the Tara, a research sailboat frozen into the ice, purposely drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data. Combining her memories with a vast array of documents she created along the way (photographs, videos, annotated sketches, maps, travel log...), Ga superimposes live storytelling, recorded sound, still and moving images, to conjure up the terms and rituals of daily life in the Arctic night: "time of nature and time of society sometimes in agreement but mostly in conflict as our days were so regulated as if there were days at all which of course there weren't." (the artist, Reports from a Taranaut, abstract).

In a dazzling mise-en-abyme of narrations and temporalities, Ga's performance-conference incorporates fragments of one of the rare entertainment forms the artist and the other nine crew members of the expedition managed to create for themselves in their remote, confined habitat: a lecture series. The Fortunetellers: Arctic Circles (10:10) focuses on the various forms of time keeping when the sun remains below the horizon for months on, while evoking Proteus' visions of the future, the shifting states of matter, and an unsettling discovery of temporal alignment.

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