Feb 5–27, 2011
Shooting in 16mm film and exhibiting in digital video, Melika Bass’s experimental films are characterized by intricate, cyclical structures that emphasize sound and visual textures over traditional narratives. Making use of both non-professional actors and performance artists, her films often reveal a subtle surrealist influence in their focus on odd, inexplicable actions and situations.
For her UBS 12 x 12 exhibition, Bass presents her film and video work in a site-specific installation. In addition, her recent films Shoals (52 mins) and Waking Things (25 min) were screened on Sunday, February 6. Waking Things was co-produced by the performance company Every house has a door, and features members from their ensemble. The screening is co-presented as part of the performance, Every house has a door: Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never (Feb 9-13), and symposium, Reconstructing Utopia: Cinema, Performance and Ex-Yugoslavia (Feb 6).