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[Nettime-bold] Jordan Crandall: Heatseeking

Jordan Crandall


11 January - 17 February 2001
opening reception Thursday, 11 January, 6-8pm

Sandra Gering Gallery
476 Broome Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-8195


An erotic imaginary of technology/body/artillery fusion, composed
through visual and rhythmic networks and contoured under the conditions
of war.  - Jordan Crandall


Heatseeking is a series of 7 films shot by Jordan Crandall in the San
Diego/Tijuana border region.  Captured on 16mm film as well as on video
from surveillance cameras, miniature "stealth" cameras, and infrared
thermal imaging systems, Heatseeking addresses the increasingly
sophisticated and aggressive systems through which the border is

Although it points specifically at a technics of control, Heatseeking is
not a one-way argument about power.   In the films, Crandall evokes the
erotic tension of watching and being watched and explores the new
vectors of desire that erupt in an increasingly militaristic culture. 
Crandall says: "The 'border' is not only a territorial marker but a
provisional divider, helping to contour self and body, and its policing
mechanisms have subjective dimensions.  Tracking, targeting, and
identifying formats begin to seep into the way we see, behave, and
desire.  They enter into the very structure of perception.  The camera
marks the place of battle." 

With Heatseeking, as with his previous project Drive, Crandall is
occupied with the development of a postcinematic language.  Combining
cinematic formats with a military-driven "strategic seeing," he moves
toward a political language that is resonant with the visual networks in
which we are now entangled.  Crandall targets the power dynamics around
contemporary moving images: "sites where body and senses are adjusted,
oriented, 'armed,' and contoured within complex new formats of

Heatseeking was commissioned by InSITE2000, a bi-national project of 27
cultural institutions in the US and Mexico.  It is also currently on
view in San Diego until February 25.  For information see

Coinciding with this exhibition at Sandra Gering Gallery, Jordan
Crandall will present two excerpts from Drive at The Kitchen, 512 West
19th Street, New York.  The exhibition will run from 5 - 26 January
2001.  Admission is free.  On Saturday, 20 January, at 6pm, The Kitchen
will present a TV DINNER with Jordan Crandall.  The evening will be
moderated by Lawrence Rinder, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney
Museum.  The cost is $20 and it includes dinner.  For reservations call
(212) 255-5793.  The Kitchen's TV DINNER series invites groundbreaking
video and new media artists to show their work and share their thoughts
in an informal atmosphere.  The audience meets the artist over
screenings of work and a vegetarian dinner provided by a neighborhood

Sandra Gering Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm. 
For further information please contact Marianna Baer at (212) 226-8195

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