Artists' Film - 16 Oct 2015

Charles Atlas

For Frieze London 2015, Charles Atlas collaborated with New York choreographers Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell on a short video.

Shot this summer at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in upstate New York and featuring dancers Cori Kresge and Hiroki Ichinose, the film is produced as an accompaniment to a long-form stereoscopic moving image work currently in development, this work will be made specifically for the televisual context.

New York-based artist Charles Atlas has created numerous works for stage, screen, museum, and television since the early 1970s, consistently pioneering the synthesis of technology and performance. A key-figure in the development of ‘media-dance’ in which performance is created directly for the camera, Atlas was videographer-in-residence with Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade, and continues to collaborate extensively with choreographers and performers, including Michael Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Diamanda Galás and Mika Tajima/New Humans, among many others. Recent exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennial (2014); The Contemporary, Austin (2014); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2013); De Hallen, Haarlem (2012) and the New Museum, New York (2011). He is artist in residence at EMPAC 2015-2016.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener are artists who work both collaboratively and separately on varied performance projects including site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, and highly crafted immersive experiences. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener began collaborating on dance projects in 2009. Continually pushing the boundaries of dance research, they have a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. They are both drawn to space as an agent of perfomance and create dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often using elements of fantasy to encourage innovation and affect environments. Their work is simultaneously playful, rigorous and diverse in its use of movement language, sonic forms and visual materials. It often includes visual art, literary and musical collaborators. Together they have amassed awards including multiple NY Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Princess Grace Awards. They are active in their community as educators, performers and agents of change.