ZOE'S WORLD CONTACT ATTRACTIONS FILM & 3D INSTALLATIONS INTERACTIVE BOOKS
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Emotions Go to Work

An installation that investigates how our emotions and feelings have been turned into commodities and instrumentalized by global corporations. It asks what does the future hold in store for a world where people are treated more and more like things, while the billions of gadgets that make up the internet of things are increasingly anthropomorphized, granted agency.

Disover more about this project here.

A WORLD REDRAWN: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood
A gallery installation that includes three films,drawings, paintings, architectural models and archival doucuments.

Eisenstein was invited to Hollywood in 1930 under contract to Paramount. Fleeing from the Nazis, Brecht arrived in 1941. Both attempted the impossible, to challenge the formulas of the motion picture industry, to create works that were popular and radical. Through films, drawings, architectural models and archival documents, this installation explores their unrealized film scenarios “Glass House” and “A Model Family in a Model Home” and reimagines their ideas for today.

Discover more about this project and view the films online AWorld Redrawn

Read a review in The Brooklyn Rail
Read a reveiw in The New York Times

commune

THE DAYS OF THE COMMUNE:
A performance/cinema/installation project.
In the spring of 2012 I brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to perform "The Days of the Commune" a play by Bert Brecht in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The Paris Commune of 1871 was the first great Occupation in modern history. Thinking about OWS as a radical theater of the people, inspired us to conceptualize this project as a “work in progress” in a sense that all social movements are a work in progress. Rather than stage the play in a theater, we performed it scene by scene in public spaces around New York City.

The installation is an enviroment that includes a film documenting the performances, props, costumes, posters and drawings.

Download installation views
Discover more about the Paris Commune and see the film at daysofthecommune.com

Infenal dream

THE INFERNAL DREAM OF MUTT AND JEFF
A gallery installation that includes film, video, photographs, drawings and objects both new and archival. Cinematographer Eric Muzzy. Cast Kate Valk 2011

This work explores how utopian visions of social progress intersect with the cinematic appartus, industrial management and modernism. It begins when Mutt and Jeff discover that hell itself has frozen over...

A web based version of the project Bodies Against Time was commissioned by Triple Canopy and can be viewed here.

Read a review in the New York Times
Read an interview with the curator at Hyperallergic.com

Download a pdf of the catalog
Download a pdf of installation photographs



coney

DREAMLAND: The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle 1926-1972
An exhibition celebrating the centennial of Freud's visit to Coney Island. The show features "dream films" made by members of the society, a working model of an amusement park designed to illustrate Freud's theories by Albert Grass, the visionary founder of the society, as well as drawings, letters and many unusual artifacts.

Read about the exhibition in The New York Times
Read my interview about the project in Art Papers
A book and DVD that compliments the show is now available through Amazon
View the Society's award winning "Dream Films" here.
Learn more about The Society and view installation images here.

Read an article about Albert Grass in Los Angeles:
A Drive-In Dreamland in WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 40: 3 & 4 Fall/Winter 2012


Blackpool

In 1934, the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society became an international organization with the founding of the Blackpool Chapter. Whe Albert Grass travelled to Blackpool to lend his engineering skills to the legendary amusements at Pleasure Beach he found an enthusiastic following.

Download a pdf of his illustrated letters which convey a vivid protrate of the working class seaside resort in the 1930's and explains this new chapter of the Society came to be.

The archive of the Blackpool Chapter is now housed at the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield UK

achille

THE SOMNAMBULISTS
An installation comprising of five miniature wooden theaters/dioramas into which moving images are projected. Two stereoscopic HD videos each 11 minutes, color, sound. Four archival films, each approximately 1 minute, black and white, sound. 2007

Cast: Shelley Hirsch, Steven Rattazzi, Jay Smith, Rachel Neuman, Aubyn Philabaum, Tea Alagic
Musical Director: Shelley Hirsch
Technical realization: Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy

This installation centers on the idea of "staging the unconscious”. Each theater presents a hysterical drama. These include “History of a Fixed Idea” and “A Modern Case of Possession” in which two patients of the famous French psycho-pathologist Pierre Janet, express their delusions in song. The other theaters present the ghostly specters of actual hysterics filmed by doctors a hundred years ago.
Experience a web version of all five theaters here.

A book and limited edition print, published by the Christine Burgin Gallery compliment the installation and provide historical context. You can explore these projects and purchase them by going to The Somnambulists Book. The book/ is available through Amazon.

eva

THE IDEOPLASTIC MATERIALIZATIONS OF EVA C.
A Four Chanel Stereoscopic Surround Sound DVD Installation. 30 minutes. 2004 Cast: Tea Alagic, Kate Valk, Greg Mehrten, Fred Newman, Anthony Wellman, Jim Fletcher, Krishna Vutla, Robert Ankers

The viewer enters a darkened room to discover life size stereoscopic figures that appear to inhabit our own three dimensional space. These phantoms reenact a series of ten séances held in Algeria and Paris from 1904 to 1912 with the French medium Eva C.

Discover more information on the project including drawings, soundtracks, ideas and photographs.

influencing

THE INFLUENCING MACHINE OF MISS NATALIJA A.
An Interactive Video Installation. 2001

It is 1919. Victor Tausk, a Vienese psychoanalyst examines a patient, Miss Natalija A. She tells him that her mind and body are being manipulated by a mysterious electrical apparatus operated secretly by physicans in Berlin.

Discover more information on the project including video, diagrams and texts.