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Charles Atlas: MC9

Charles Atlas: MC9 will be on view at SALT Beyoglu in Istanbul, Turkey March 07 – May 25, 2014.

MC9 (2012) is a 9-channel synchronized video work with sound, featuring clips from 21 collaborative works between filmmaker Charles Atlas and choreographer Merce Cunningham. This immersive installation encompasses the entire forty-year collaborative working relationship between these two visionary artists. Together Atlas and Cunningham developed a radical new way of incorporating the camera into live performance, which they referred to as “media dances.” Rather than using it as a static recording device, they allowed the camera to play an active part in the choreography.

In MC9, Atlas revisits and reconfigures scenes from such well-known media dances Fractions (1978), Locale (1980), Channels/Inserts (1981), and Ocean (2011) – along with video from other projects on which they worked together. Atlas’ idiosyncratic approach to editing – interspersing existing footage with graphics, numbers, and color fields – weaves the temporality of the individual screens and monitors into an overall experience of movement, sound, and framing.

For more information, please visit the following link: SALT Beyoglu website