In the Media Room is the video Happy Am I by Erin Cosgrove. This single-channel animated piece compresses human evolution into a song-and-dance of historical characters—including the Venus of Willendorf, Jesus, and an astronaut— through a timeline of human existence. Lead by a “missing link” creature, the audience is invited to participate by following the bouncing ball through the words of a 1930’s liturgical song that merrily anticipates the end of the world.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Erin Cosgrove is an artist and writer whose work includes video, animation, books, painting, scrolls, timelines, installation, and performance. Currently living in Los Angeles, she has received grants and fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Creative Capital Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Durfee Foundation, and The Jerome Foundation.
Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York; Galleri S.E International Contemporary Art in Bergen, Norway; Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany; LA Louver in Los Angeles; The Armory Show in New York; Arco in Madrid; Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles; and Apexart Gallery in New York. Her videos have been shown at Espace Croise Centre d'art Contemporain in Roubaix, France; The Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; Kunst-Werke in Berlin, Germany; The Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria; Videoformes in Auvergne, France; Migrating Forms Film Festival in New York; Christine Koenig Gallery in Vienna, Austria; VPRO (Netherlands TV); and other venues.