Thursday, March 4, 2010: Weight of Fall (Waltz) + Collaborative Futures Book Launch & Talk

Zerek Kempf, video still from Weight of Fall (Waltz) 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weight of Fall (Waltz): March 4 – 27, 2010
Collaborative Futures books for sale $15 at the event; pre-order here for $12:
*Both events are free and open to the public
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 W. 21st St. NY, NY 10011

Eyebeam is pleased to present Weight of Fall (Waltz), a site-specific video installation created by Zerek Kempf for the Eyebeam window gallery. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 4, 6 – 8PM.  The work will be on view March 4 – 27. Installed in a street-level window, Kempf’s Weight of Fall (Waltz) erects obscuring materials that directly abut the glass: plywood, curtains, and styrofoam refuse viewing access to the space beyond the window. Kempf addresses the window’s four panels as individual units, splicing them together with a sculptural syntax that extends the logic, tricks, and techniques of film editing into the physical space of the installation.

Weight of Fall (Waltz) exploits the viewing constraints of the window to sculpturally reiterate the operative logic of the screen. Each of the installation’s four panels becomes the viewfinder of a camera, the rectangle of a monitor. Throughout the installation, Kempf addresses the dual function of such frames, using them both to bracket each scene and to address the perceptual void beyond their boundaries. This interplay between the visible and the hidden produces an elaborate choreography staged on the peripheries of spaces real, imagined, and perceived, and the space of cinematic illusion.
Weight of Fall (Waltz) is the first in series of site-specific window gallery installations organized by Eyebeam alum Joe Winter. The next installation will open on April 29 and will be a collaboration between artists Adam Shecter and Ted MineoPress images:

At 7:30PM Upgrade! NY presents the Collaborative Futures book Launch and talk. Collaborative Futures, book about free collaboration written collaboratively over five days during the 2010 Transmediale Festival, locked six writers and one programmer in a Berlin hotel room to collaboratively write a book about the future of free collaboration; the authors started with only the title, and ended the week with a book. Transmediale artistic director Stephen Kovats will be on hand to join Eybeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg and Eyebeam honorary resident Mushon Zer-Aviv will discuss the process of writing this book and some of their discoveries throughout the collaborative process. Stephen Kovatz will also talk about the “Futurity Now” concept of Transmediale10 in general and particularly in the context of the Collaborative Futures book sprint.

This event will be your first chance to get your hands on a dead-tree version of Collaborative Futures. Books will be for sale for $15 at the event, but you can pre-order now for $12 and help make the print run possible. The Collaborative Futures book sprint was facilitated by Adam Hyde ( and authored by Mushon Zer-Aviv, Michael Mandiberg, Mike Linksvayer, Alan Toner and several additional collaborators using the Booki software ( by Aleksandar Erkalovic.
Pre-order here:

Zerek Kempf received his MFA from University of California, San Diego and his BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University.  He has been selected to attend residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at X-Initiative, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA;  Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Waag Society, Amsterdam, NL;  Fundación Sa Nostra, Mallorca, SP.  In 2009, Onestar Press published, “Having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds”, a collaborative book project with artist Joe Winter. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Upgrade! is an international network of autonomous nodes located throughout the world that are united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Upgrade! NY is a monthly programming series co-produced by Eyebeam and Not An Alternative. The 2010 curatorial theme explores open source activist and creative practices.

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Projects: Collaborative Futures, Weight of Fall (Waltz)
People: Adam Hyde, Joe Winter, Michael Mandiberg, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Stephen Kovats, Zerek Kempf
Research: Open Culture
Tags: book sprint, booklaunch, exhibition, opening, talk, window gallery