Project Series 37: Ben Dean” will be on view from November 1-December 21, 2008, at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont. An opening reception will be held at the Museum on Saturday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m., and Dean delivers a public lecture about his work on Monday, November 10, at 2:45 p.m.
For “Project Series 37,” Dean premieres the multimedia installation Account and six related C-print photographs. Five years in the making, Account consists of a continuously looped dual projection, both 16mm film and video. The dual projection format stemmed from Dean’s fundamental question: “What would be revealed if two uncannily similar moving images, each executed in a different media, were placed side-by-side?”
Dean chose three locations in the San Francisco area for this project: Islais Creek, San Francisco City Hall and the Pacific Shores Center. To unify his project, Dean filmed each site and digitally re-created each film using strict rules and parameters. Dean designed devices that he used during the filming process—a protective framework for the camera and a catapult, among others.
With Account he interrogates how film and media change over time, and how economic and social forces have evolved since the mid-19th-century. He explores how knowledge of spaces and places informs––or fails to inform––our understanding of them. The exhibition reflects Dean’s investigations into the history and theory of modernism, early film history, Structural film, video art, and the growing prevalence of computer-generated imagery, and its use as a surrogate or “improvement” upon photography. Using film and new media technology as vehicles, Account explores visual and psychological perception, modern temporality and the structural possibilities of film and video.