Charles Atlas: «Scary, Scary, Community Fun, Death»


17. February 2018  – 13. May 2018

Featuring artworks by:
Charles Atlas

Charles Atlas, 2003, 2003/2018, 4-Kanal-Videoinstallation, Ausstellungsansicht Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York , Foto: Lorenzo Pusterla

Complex video installations and seminal films documenting dance and performance art have made Charles Atlas (b. St. Louis, Mo., 1949) a leader in the field of film and video art. Atlas rose to renown with projects on which he worked with choreographers including Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark as well as the fashion designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery. His network of creative collaborators largely coincides with his circle of friends: many of his works from the 1980s and 1990s are portraits of fellow protagonists of the New York underground scene and the contemporary milieu that scrutinize aspects of biopower and the politics of bodies and identity. The defining feature of Atlas’s work is his ongoing investigation of the expressive potentials of time-based media. He explores questions of the segmentation and structuring of the visual space as well as contemporary issues in the politics of representation. The exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the artist’s first solo show in Switzerland, unites five video installations from the past two decades.

The exhibition is curated by Raphael Gygax. An accompanying monograph will be published by JRP|Ringier in the second half of 2018.

Visitors' guide

List of works

Charles Atlas: The Years

Charles Atlas

The Years
6-channel video installation: 4-channel synchronized video on monitor (color, sound), costum-built pedestals and 2-channel video backprojection (color, sound), plexiglass surface
18:55 min.

Charles Atlas: Glacier

Charles Atlas

4-channel synchronized video projection (color, sound), music: Bruce Gilbert
12:0 min.

Charles Atlas: Institute for Turbulence Research

Charles Atlas

Institute for Turbulence Research
6-channel video installation: 4-channel synchronized video projection (color, sound), Voile scree, single-channel video mirror unit projection (color, sound) and single-channel video projection (b/w, no sound)
6:0 min.

Charles Atlas: 2003

Charles Atlas

4-channel synchronized video installation: 2-channel video projection (color, sound) and 2-channel video on monoitor (color, sound)
36 min.

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