26 Oct 2017
Julie Weitz: The Hand Network, HUMDOG a prelude
Reviewed by Jeff Hansen
Julie Weitz's The Hand Network, HUMDOG a prelude, a multimedia video project involving choreographed sculpture, cinematography, and a scored soundtrack. The work gives voice to the writings of Carmen "humdog" Hermosillo, a controversial Cuban-American essayist and important figure of cybernetic history and internet subculture.
Cyberspace, depicted as a frozen landscape of ghostly Greek busts, floating hands, penis-shaped candles, and a grid of metal chains, conjures images of the past. A scene of fingertips touching evokes Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.
Weitz gives flesh to the digital with a museum-quality finish. An impeccable C-print hangs in the theater behind viewers like a ghostly sci-fi movie poster. Director David Cronenberg, the YouTube ASMR phenomenon, and philosophers such as Henri Bergson are among many influences on Weitz's anti-CGI aesthetic. The video title, a simple blue font over a black screen, signals the beginning of something mesmerizing, seductive, and new.
|Exhibition||Julie Weitz: The Hand Network, HUMDOG a prelude|
|Start date||09 Sep 2017|
|End date||28 Oct 2017|
|Presenter||Chimento Contemporary link|
|Venue||622 South Anderson Street, Space 105, Los Angeles, CA, USA map|
|Image||Julie Weitz, video still from The Hand Network, courtesy of Chimento Contemporary|
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