Kevin Obsatz on his education as an artist, both as a student and teacher of filmmaking, and in his experiences outside the classroom.
The school system today performs the threefold function common to powerful churches throughout history.…
All stills from the author's student films made for "290," his class in Super 8 during his time at USC.
The Weather Diaries
Mixing Icelandic fashion, arresting photography, video, and lush installation, a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute challenges viewers to rethink fashion as an art form and the relevance of designers geographically isolated from Western couture.
Look at her. Return her gaze. It’s difficult, in fact, to look away, so intriguing are the possibilities for narrative and discourse layered into her image.…
The Fifth Daughters, 2014, designer: Bibi Chemnitz, © Cooper & Gorfer. On view at the American Swedish Institute through July 2, 2017.
Together in the Dark
At a screening of experimental films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, things go wrong in fascinating ways.
In April of 2017, Cellular Cinema curated two screenings of short experimental films and videos for the Minneapolis St.…
Melissa Haviland & David Colagiovanni, Pike Puht. Film still courtesy of the author.
What's It Like to be a Young Black Artist in the Twin Cities?
Writer Lara Mimosa Montes sits down with emerging artists from MCAD's Black Artist Student Union, who presented the recent group show "Navigate," to talk about their experiences putting the exhibition together and, more generally, navigating the Twin Cities art scene as people of color.
On March 24th, 2017, Black Artist Student Union (BASU) celebrated the opening for their group show, Navigate, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Gallery 148.…
Maria Robinson, Quality Time (detail), oil on canvas, 2016.
The Illusion of Encounter
Kevin Obsatz on his experiences as a PA working on a documentary about the 2004 campaign season and, specifically, the show business behind the spectacle of both art and politics.
An everyday life in thrall to the spectacle […] should be understood as the systematic organization of a breakdown in the faculty of encounter, and the replacement of that faculty by a social hallucination: a false consciousness of encounter, or an “illusion o…
John Kerry campaigning in Durham, New Hampshire in 2004. Photo: William B. Plowman/Getty Images
An Exquisite Preeminence of the Body
In the Walker's expansive exhibition, "Merce Cunningham: Common Time," artistic disciplines effortlessly traverse conventional boundaries, in much the same ways the influential choreographer did with his many collaborative partners.
When does a ragged leotard become a work of art? A silver mylar balloon? An inflated plastic box? A freestanding industrial floor fan? When they were created or re-contextualized by visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, respectively.…
Merce Cunningham and company performing TV Rerun at Westbeth, January 1975. Photo: Jack Mitchell. Copyright Jack Mitchell/Getty Images
The Believing Game
Filmmaker and educator Kevin Obsatz on art experiments, the freedom in making "unmarketable" work, exercises in belief, and practicing porousness in an impermeable age.
In the believing game we return to Tertullian’s original formulation: credo ut intelligam: I believe in order to understand. We are trying to find not errors but truths, and for this it helps to believe. […]…
Amy Halpern, still from Falling Lessons, screened recently at Cellular Cinema. Courtesy of the artists and Cellular Cinema.