DIRGES AND STURGEONS
San Francisco, CA 94133
DIRGES AND STURGEONS: A Program of Innovative Video Work
Originally created when Jonas Mekas, avant-garde filmmaker and director of Anthology Film Archives in NYC, asked for a program of innovative video work that would be new to the historic art house. This program is a tight and poignant, sometimes baffling meditation on the future, "high technology", death/love/loneliness, and 1980's culture. Recent American and European work by Animal Charm, Lawrence Elbert, Pierre Yves Clouin, Jacqueline Goss, Miranda July, Bjorn Melhus, and Seth Price. Video game soundtracks from the 1980's precede the show. http://www.astriasuparak.com
THE VILLAGE VOICE: "Peripatetic curator Astria Suparak has an eye for the strange and ineffable." - Amy Taubin
THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN: "Video art starlet Astria Suparak is on a mission to bring the freshest experimental works to the theaters nearest you. The 23-year-old New York curator makes a stop on her national and European tour ...tonight with "Dirges and Sturgeons," a program of shorts by young and emerging artists. Playful laments indeed, these new works use lo-fi aesthetics to critique high technology and mass-produced culture." -Alissa ...
Astria Suparak is a 24-year old in Brooklyn, NY. Since founding a biweekly multimedia series at Pratt Institute in 1998, she curates site-specific shows for international art museums and galleries, experimental film festivals, music venues and bands (including Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City, Ladyfest, Anthology Film Archives, Yale University School of Architecture, The Knitting Factory, New York Underground Film Festival, and The Boxhead Ensemble). She then brings the shows to different audiences and settings including sports bars, living rooms, artist collectives, churches, schools and micro-cinemas.