Artist/filmmaker Jennifer West recently completed an artist residency project at MIT hosted by the List Visual Arts Center. West’s collaborative engagement with faculty and researchers in MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering, X-Ray Shared Experimental Facility resulted in the creation of three new “cameraless” film works. These works serve as a portrait of MIT through the unique materials and laboratory processes used to create the films. West will screen the new works and discuss her residency experiences at MIT.
About the Artist
Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West makes 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm films by manipulating the film celluloid to a level of performance. The film emulsion might be doused with various chemical agents or subjected to physical manipulation. The concept-specific materials she employs for each film enhance and reinforce the experiential and performative nature of each work. She often makes her work with social groupings such as friends, students, artists, and writers. Her silent films have a strong synesthetic effect, indicative of the “ingredients” or processes that led to her particular visual expression. She is also known for her “Zines” - DIY photo booklets of production stills of the making of the films- that she gives away at her exhibitions. Her recent exhibitions include Perspectives 176: Jennifer West at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, The Cameraless Film at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Update No. 2 at White Columns, NYC and How Soon No” at the Rubell Family Collection. She has been commissioned for special projects and exhibitions at MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Aspen Art Museum and at The TATE Modern.
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