Bridal Shower

Petra Cortright

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Produced during her residency at EMPAC in fall 2013, Petra Cortright’s Bridal Shower moves beyond her past Internet-based experiments to test new production values associated with broadcasting. Cortright is a member of the Nasty Nets Internet Surfing Club, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club, and Computers Club, making videos that intuitively play with online language, including representation of the physical body within the computer screen. DIY aesthetics characterize Cortright’s practice, which embraces and subverts the home user’s attitude toward social media and technologies.

Curated and produced in collaboration with Frieze Foundation curator Nicola Lees, Frieze Film is a series of new short-form moving image works by Petra Cortright, Peter Gidal, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, Oraib Toukan, and Erika Vogt produced for television. Petra Cortright, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, and Erika Vogt’s Frieze Films were all produced during artist residencies at EMPAC in fall 2013. The works are broadcast on Channel 4 (UK) as part of Random Acts.

The shorts will be screened individually prior to EMPAC screening series throughout Spring 2014.

Bridal Shower will be screened:

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014 preceding Existenz
Victoria Brooks

Petra Cortright lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the San Jose Biennial (2010) and the Internet Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2009). She has also had solo exhibitions at Club Midnight, Berlin, and Preteen Gallery, Mexico City. Cortright is interested in moving work beyond her past Internet experiments and testing new production values associated with broadcast.

Bridal Shower
This short will be screened before eXistenZ + Robocup 99
January 30, 2014, 7:30PM
Return to Frieze Film

Co-commissioned by Frieze Foundation for Channel 4


EMPAC 2013-2014 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA