Ericka Beckman

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This except was taken from David Ebony’s Top 10 New York Gallery Shows for March, 2015

Beckman has often used the motif of games, particularly games of chance, as a means to explore issues of social order, societal rules and hierarchy, not to mention the psychology of aggression and competition. You the Better shows teams of uniformed players engaged in a strange kind of ball game. Their frenetic movements seem carefully choreographed as the players throw the ball at given targets: colorful, five-sided polygons related to the sculptural forms occupying the gallery space. In this novel and exciting integration of sculpture and video, in which the filmed images seem to extend into the space of the gallery, You the Better inevitably pulls the viewer physically and mentally into the game.

You The Better 1983



John Cage

Silence as performance… knowing that it is a performance do to its written instruction or game plan. ( 4’33’’)

“No one can have an idea until they start listening”

Cage wrote Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) which included lectures as well as texts that executed in experimental layouts, for example, Lectures on Nothing (1941) which were composed in rhythmic structures.


John Cage – about silence

In this interview, John Cage talks about Marcel Duchamp and his ideas about sound through his works called Sculpture Muscial that he made around 1913. marcel duchamp rotoscope.jpgMarcelDuchampTheEntireMusic.jpgphoto.jpg

John Cage quotes

Hito Steyerl

Steyerl probes the pleasures and perils of image circulation in a moment defined by the unprecedented global flow of data. Ricocheting between genres—news reportage, documentary film, video games, and internet dance videos—Factory of the Sun uses the motifs of light and acceleration to explore what possibilities are still available for collective resistance when surveillance has become a mundane part of an increasingly virtual world. Factory of the Sun tells the surreal story of workers whose forced moves in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunshine.

Lanka Tattersall, Assistant Curator of MOCA



Factory of the Sun 2016

excerpt of Factory of the Sun