[March 23 2015]
Prolific American novelist, playwright, critic, essayist and filmmaker Gary Indiana will be curating a selection of films for this months TV Takeover. Notably he is the author of three novels (Three Month Fever, Resentment, and Indifference) exploring real-life crimes and the way victims and criminals alike are often distorted and exploited by the mass media. Indiana also teaches philosophy and literature at the New School in New York City.
The takeover coincides with his third solo show in New York at envoy enterprises “GDA2: From The World Of Entertainment: Collages and Prints 1974 – 2014” – an exhibition showcasing Gary Indiana’s practice over the last four decades.
Throughout his work, Indiana explores art, sexuality, violence, money, the media and contemporary America. Last year Indiana contributed to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The video work entitled “Untitled (Stanley Park)” is a stunning video he made of the Presidio Modelo, a “model prison” of Panopticon design, built on the Isla de la Juventud off the coast of Cuba. The infamous prison, constructed between 1926-28, and closed for good in 1967, was home to many political prisoners, including Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The footage of the decaying prison, with its rotted cells all arranged in a circle around an ominous guard tower, is spliced with excerpts from A Touch of Evil, The Shanghai Gesture and images of swimming jellyfish which served as a metaphor for the surveillance state.
Once quoted as saying “My tendency as a writer is to amplify the negative” his letter to our editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm published in issue 8 is no exception which can be read here.