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Project Premiere: Eve Sussman's "whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir" in New York and Toronto

September 7, 2011

September 9–11, Toronto International Film Festival
September 15 – October 22, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

Eve Sussman (2008 Visual Arts grantee) premieres her Creative Capital-supported project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, and at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, opening September 15. The New York exhibition will be a theater-style installation in the front gallery and is paired with a series of photographs by Simon Lee as well as a collaborative three-screen video in the back gallery.

An expedition to the banks of the Caspian landed Sussman and her team of collaborators, Rufus Corporation, in a dystopian "future-opolis" that became the location for their experimental film noir. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir follows the observations and surveillance of a geophysicist named Holz (Jeff Wood) stuck in a fictional metropolis called City-A (a nod to Godard's Alphaville). The narrative runs endlessly via custom-built software that edits the film in real time, with no beginning, middle or end, never repeating the same way twice. As the film plays, with video clips, voiceovers and music paired algorithmically—by the computer the filmmakers call "the serendipity machine"—it becomes evident that the protagonist is controlled by the city he is working in, just as the course of the story is controlled by the code that creates the edit. Pushing the envelope of cinematic form, whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir seamlessly comes together as a movie—that is not a movie. Click here to watch a video clip, or watch episodes on Triple Canopy.

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