(Syracuse, NY) — Light Work’s Urban Video Project presents Culture Capture: Terminal Addition by the New Red Order (NRO), an Indigenous artist collective. The NRO’s core contributors are Adam Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway), and Jackson Polys (Tlingit), and they use video and performance to collectively challenge European settler and colonialist tendencies—such as “playing Indian”—with what they call “sites of savage pronouncement,” the purpose of which is to shift potential obstructions to Indigenous growth and agency. Light Work commissioned Culture Capture: Terminal Addition for UVP and the New Red Order created this work during their month-long visit to Syracuse in December 2018.
The piece will be on view at the Urban Video Project’s architectural projection site on the north facade of the Everson Museum through April and May 2019. The artists will also be here for a screening, lecture, and moderated conversation on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30pm in the Everson Museum of Art’s Hosmer Auditorium. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible, and the event will offer CART services for hard of hearing audience members. The screening and Q&A are FREE & OPEN to the public. We will serve light refreshments after the program.
Indoor Screening, Lecture, and Q&A
Hosmer Auditorium | 401 Harrison Street | Everson Museum
Thursday | April 18 | 6:30pm
Join The New Red Order, cofounded by filmmakers Adam and Zack Khalil (Ojibway) and artist Jackson Polys (Tlingit), for an evening of video art, performance, and discussion about their latest project, commissioned by Light Work and created in winter 2018 in and around Syracuse and the Syracuse University campus. Using photogrammetry and 360 video, the project continues their radical intervention on the narratives of settler colonialism through “culture capture,” a practice which includes virtual repatriation of ethnographic objects, remixing of the archive, and creative subversion of problematic monuments. Reception follows.
This event is FREE & OPEN to the public.
the New Red Order presents Culture Capture: Terminal Addition
Light Work UVP | Everson Museum Community Plaza | 401 Harrison Street
April 11 – May 25, 2019 | Th. – St. | dusk – 11pm
Half tongue-in-cheek absurdism and half deadly earnest, Culture Capture: Terminal Addition continues the New Red Order’s ongoing project of “culture capture,” recruiting viewers to participate in a program of practical strategies to counter the “salvage mindset,” which sets aside Indigenous culture and sovereignty by consigning it to the past, thereby removing it from the present.
As the title of the work, Terminal Addition highlights the difference between addition and removal. The concept of “removal” is central to current debates about whether to remove problematic historical monuments— for example, Confederate war monuments in the South. It was also in the name of the Indian Removal Act, signed into law by President Jackson, which resulted in the displacement and death of thousands of Native peoples in what we now call the “Trail of Tears.” Both present removal as a quick fix. With Terminal Addition, the NRO recognizes that acts of removal inevitably contain contradictions, and proposes an additive approach instead.
With Culture Capture: Terminal Addition, the New Red Order invites viewers to join Indigenous Peoples as cultural accomplices. The stakes are high: in the face of impending ecological catastrophe and unprecedented global inequality, the futures of Indigenous Peoples are bound up with a livable future for all.
Shot in and around Syracuse, Terminal Addition uses local archives, collections, and locations, including the Columbus Monument in downtown Syracuse, the Saltine Warrior on the Syracuse University campus, as well as Syracuse University’s archive of the work of James Earl Fraser, the artist who created the widely known End of the Trail and Indian Head Coin. This project was made possible through the support and collaboration of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, CitrusTV, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Special Collections Research Center.
Urban Video Project
This will be the third exhibition in UVP’s 2018-19 programming year, entitled The Past Keeps Happening. During the year, we’ll feature artists whose work explores the ways in which past imagining of the future and future reflections on the past are always at odds with the lived present.
Urban Video Project (UVP), a program of Light Work in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art and Onondaga County, is an outdoor architectural projection site dedicated to the public presentation of film, video, and moving image arts. It is one of few projects in the United States dedicated to ongoing public projections and adds a new chapter to Central New York’s legacy as one of the birthplaces of video art, using cutting-edge technology to bring art of the highest caliber to Syracuse.
Using a large venue projector and permanently installed all-weather sound system, UVP’s outdoor architectural projection site on the north façade of the iconic Everson Museum of Art transforms the adjoining Onondaga County Community Plaza into a year round massive video installation every Thursday through Saturday night. For general information, please visit www.urbanvideoproject.com, call (315) 443-1369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.