Marfa Dialogues

This is Presence – AFI 2016 – The Institute for New Feeling with Arturo Bandini

September 23, 2016 - February 19, 2017

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AFI 2016 – The Institute for New Feeling with Arturo Bandini
September 23, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, September 23
6-9pm at Ballroom Marfa

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce This is Presence, on view in Marfa, Texas from September 23, 2016 – February 5, 2017. This exhibition features newly-commissioned work from artist collective the Institute for New Feeling (IfNf), including the video nominated by Ballroom Marfa for the 2016 season of Artists’ Film International (AFI). AFI is an international collaboration organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London, that showcases emerging artists working in video and animation. The IfNf project will be complemented by two micro-exhibitions hosted by Arturo Bandini in Ballroom’s courtyard. These distinct projects will both respond to the theme of AFI 2016: technology.

Founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle, IfNf describes their collaboration as “a research clinic committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new.” Their multidisciplinary works and installations borrow from the language of corporate branding, new age healing and traditional medicine, injecting the mystical and uncanny into commercial interfaces.

The first of IfNf’s two commissions is the eponymous 17-minute video, This is Presence (2016). The video replicates the endless linking actions of web users as they search for answers on the Internet. The artists’ marshal search engine logic as a sort of modern oracle system while simulating the marketing mechanisms that optimize online presence. As part of the AFI program, This is Presence will receive international attention as it is screened at the 14 other participating institutions. Ballroom will, in turn, screen short videos from artists selected by these institutions on-site during the run of the exhibition in Marfa. The artists and partners for AFI 2016 include:

Igor Bošnjak selected by the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia Fareeha Ghezal selected by the Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul, Afghanistan Andrés Denegri selected by Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina Eva and Franco Mattes selected by GAMeC (Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) Bergamo, Italy Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA Zeyno Pekünlü selected by Istanbul Modern, Turkey Igor Jesus selected by Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal Mateusz Sadowski selected by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland Dimitri Venkov selected by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia Karin Sander selected by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany Mak Ying Tung selected by Para/Site, Hong Kong Rohini Devasher selected by Project 88, Mumbai, India Tor Jørgen van Eijk selected by Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway Rachel Maclean selected by Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

In addition to the film, Ballroom has supported the production of Ditherer, a newly commissioned virtual reality experience from the Institute. This project will use a HTC Vive VR headset to transport users into an infinite warehouse that features an assortment of products for sale and anticipates surreal, near-future shopping. IfNf is working with 3D artist Gary Tyler to create an experience that is both a commercial trap and an escapist fantasy. This installation will be hosted alongside the IfNf video, objects from the Institute’s product line, and the other AFI 2016 international selections.

In the Ballroom Marfa courtyard, Arturo Bandini hosts two shows-within-the-show, Sim City and Grey Goo Gardens, over the run of AFI 2016. These micro-exhibitions will include work from sixteen artists, who will play with and off of the exhibition’s technological themes. Sim City (September 23 – December 4, 2016) features Edgar Bryan, Jason Roberts Dobrin, Michael Dopp, Liz Glynn, Kate Hall, Julian Hoeber, Nevine Mahmoud, and Mungo Thomson; Grey Goo Gardens (December 9, 2016 – February 19, 2017) presents Ed Fornieles, Sonja Gerdes, Joel Holmberg, Dwyer Kilcollin, Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen, Anna Mayer, Thomas Mcdonell, and Isaac Resnikoff.

Arturo Bandini is a collaborative project/gallery by artists Michael Dopp and Isaac Resnikoff. The gallery occupies a small building designed by Joakim Dahlqvist that fluidly transposes interior and exterior space, mirroring Bandini’s promiscuous curatorial sensibility. Ballroom hosts an exact copy of the original Bandini building in Los Angeles, manifesting a second gallery in the landscape of Far West Texas.

Ballroom Marfa’s fall programs are organized by curator Laura Copelin.

The Institute for New Feeling has recently exhibited at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Recess, NY; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Thank You for Coming, and Eastside International, Los Angeles; Open Engagement Conference, Queens Museum of Art, NY; Spaces, Cleveland; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Threewalls, Chicago; among others and has been featured on Clocktower Radio, KChung Radio. IfNf has recently been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, Animal NY, Fader, Hyperallergic, ArtFCity, and ArtHopper.


This is Presence is made possible by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; City of Marfa; National Endowment for the Arts; Pace Art + Technology; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees and Ballroom Marfa Members.

This is Presence Funders 20160802

This is Presence Funders 20160802

In-kind support provided by Big Bend Brewing Company, Gem & Bolt, and SAVED Wines.

Special thanks to Lalo Baeza, Blum & Poe, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, JD DiFabbio, Heidi Elliot, Matt Emmi, Gil Enciso, David Fenster, Cuca Flores, David Chuan Gao, Julieta Gil, Alicia Gorman, Ben Hernstrom, Ethan Jerrett, Paul Jerrett, Rebecca Knox, Bob Kollar, Zhibin Li, Minerva Lopez, M+B, Alex Marks, Jeff Matheis, Willa McDonald, Brandon Messer, Riley O’Bryan, Karen Pate, Paula Cooper Gallery, Miles Peyton, Daniel Pillis, Simon Pinkas, pochpac, Sam Poulos, Akshara Rai, Francisco Rosas, Gory Smelley, S.E. Smith, Krista Steinhauer, Pattye Stragar, Gary Tyler, Tatiana Vahn, Alex Walker, Molly Walker, Saskia Wilson-Brown, Nico Zevallos, and to our friends at Austin Art Services, the Big Bend Sentinel, the Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation and Marfa Public Radio.