Paradise On Video

NAMED FOR JOHN MILTON’S EPIC POEM PARADISE LOST, THIS VIDEO EXHIBITION DESCRIBES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM TECHNOLOGY.

Paolo Colombo and Levent Çalıkoğlu are the curators of the exhibition at Istanbul Modern, which features twenty-one artists and one joint project.  The subjects and geographies of the videos are quite varied: from a village in the Alps that lives with the risk of an avalanche triggered by a tiny sound and a fox that encounters history and culture at the National Portrait Gallery to an 800-year-old oak tree and the isolated desert islands of the Mediterranean.

A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE
Artist Ali Kazma’s video titled Brain Surgeon promises a very different experience. We witness a brain operation in which a metal device is first inserted in the head of the patient, a woman, followed by a series of needles, one by one. The doctor opens a hole slightly larger than a walnut and gets down to work.

ALONE IN THE MUSEUM
Artist Francis Alÿs lets a fox by the name of Bandit loose in London’s National Portrait Gallery one night. The fox is freaked out. Dashing in every direction, he gets tired and rests now and then. Looking down from the walls meanwhile, members of the Tudor dynasty, Dutch merchants in frilled collars, periwigged philosophers and British aristocrats…

FOR 24 MINUTES
You’ll be riveted by Doug Aitken’s project, titled Migration, for 24 minutes. Pure nuttiness!  Here’s the deal: Some wild animals, like a bison, a puma, a porcupine, a deer, an eagle and an owl, are hanging around in the rooms of a motel, taking baths, poking around in the fridge, having pillow fights…