Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Box

The Prize Budgies hyped Pac-Mondrian last night, as Neil Hennessy and Mike Brown took to the stage and breathlessly read both complimentary and crabby on-line reviews and message board posts about their work, first to the boogie-woogie beat of their game's New York level and then to the Detroit level's techno hustle, as the corresponding game screens played on behind them. The techno groove mixed with the Budgies' chatter gave the proceedings something of a Moses Znaimer feel (think, I don't know, Fashion Television), which of course was entirely fitting.

The Budgies have springboarded beyond their original mash-up and, reaching further into Broadway Boogie-Woogie and guided by an inspired "what if," have substituted the city on which the painting is (or is not) based with another. And another and another (i.e., Toronto and Chicago). Truly brilliant. "And fun."

Other highlights: a Steve Reinke video work that delighted in meandering thought and pulsing image. Emily Pohl-Weary showing off her impressive throwing arm. An illuminating and moving Terence Dick talk on some recent obituaries of seemingly unlikely and disinterested inventors, including Hedy Lamarr.

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