Marianna Ellenberg!

Marianna Ellenberg’s film/video and photographic work centers around a re-imaging of female subjectivity and desire within visual abstraction and language play. Ellenberg’s films and videos have screened widely, in such venues as The Athens Video Festival (2010) The N.Y. Underground Film Festival (2007), The Collectif Jeune Cinéma (2003), LA Freewaves (2006), The Chicago Underground Film Festival and The Dallas Video Festival (2007). Her installation work in sound and video has been presented at The Brooklyn Lyceum, PDX Film Festival (Portland, OR) and Issue Project Room (NYC). Recent exhibitions include a solo show “Blossom” at Momenta Art (Brooklyn, NY) “Light” curated by Keith Sonnier at Pratt Institute (Fall 2008, NYC) EMAF, Osnabrueck, Germany, 2009 and Double-Bill, Art in General. Her work has appeared in Art Fag City, Time Out New York and Drunken Boat online journal. An interview with Marianna Ellenberg will appear in the Fall issue of Cahiers Du Cinema.

David Louis Zuckerman is a writer/director and composer based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Since earning his MFA in Film/Video from Bard College, his experimental art-house features have screened at numerous festivals and fine art galleries both here in NYC (La Di Da Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Reena Spaulings Gallery, Thomas Duncan gallery. DUMBO Arts Festival, Louis B James Gallery) and Internationally (Cologne Kunstverein, Les Aubervilliers, Paris) Zuckerman is a regular film critic for various magazines including the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment. Zuckerman is the sound designer for Richard Maxwell’s new play “The Evening” which will be presented at The Kitchen (NYC) in 2015. Zuckerman’s full length opera “Milarepa” will be performed at the David Louis Gallery in Spring 2015.

ARTIST STATEMENT: The Deflowering of Ariella Von

Marianna and David work interactively, blending influences from Dererk Jarman to Mike Leigh to Catherine Breillat. In The Deflowering Of Ariella Von, they have collaborated to expand their definition of the cinematic image into a dialectic of contestation. At once seductive and anxious, lyrical and verbose; the apprehensive female subjectivities that inhabit Ellenberg’s performance videos merge with the dramatic plot twists and character developments of Zuckerman’s work as an independent writer/director. Ariella Von is the ultimate anti-heroine; short and normally bodied, her high-pitched child-like voice individuates her and marks her persona as other. Drawing on diverse legacies: New York No-Wave Cinema, 50’s Melodrama, Camp Comedy, Ellenberg/Zuckerman have worked to create a complex character full of humor, emotional ambivalences, gender dysphoria and post-millennial angst.
Ariella is not photo-shopped. She’s got pimples. She’s raw and in your face. Our process has been infused with the legacy of No-Wave film with its imbued nobility of meaning in spite of infrastructural limits. Like the Super 8 footage we intersperse with high definition, No-Wave practices remain a viable aesthetic production model to re-imagine and re-possess.

In Ariella Von, the apprehensive female subjectivities that inhabit Ellenberg’s videos merge with the dramatic plot twists and character developments of a long form narrative. Ariella is the ultimate anti-heroine. Short and normally bodied, her high-pitched child-like voice further individuates her and marks her persona as other. She is at once an inquiring pixie introvert and an abject sexual beast.

©2013 Mihyun Kang
Ellenberg/Zuckerman on set: ©2013 Mihyun Kang

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