Awardee: Laura Parnes

Emerging Fields, 2016

Laura Parnes has screened and exhibited her work widely in both the U.S. and internationally, including: The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; Light Industry, Brooklyn; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland; Overgaden-Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; iMOCA, Indianapolis; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Whitney Museum of American Art (1997 Whitney Biennial), New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; and Brooklyn Museum, New York. Her solo exhibitions include: LAXArt, Los Angeles; Locust Projects, Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Participant Inc., New York; and Deitch Projects, New York. Parnes is a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and has lectured as a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University and Yale University. Video Data Bank published a box set of her work with an essay by Chris Kraus in 2014.

Project: Tour Without End

Tour Without End is a hybrid-film installation and an archive of DIY venues for visual and performing arts, in New York City and beyond. It is a multi-platform project in which real-life musicians, artists and actors are cast as alternate-universe-rock star versions of themselves. A core group of players improvise based on semi-scripted scenes. Many of these outsized performers are legendary personalities in the history of DIY venues for visual and performing arts in NYC and beyond. As the players move in and out of fictionalized characters and real life, the film moves in and out of non-linear narrative and historical documentation.

The work centers on the fictional band “Munchausen,” and revels in their complex band dynamics as they endure the strain of touring, collaborating and the process of aging while immersed in a youth driven DIY music scene. Six-hours of live performances at numerous underground venues are featured.