LONG ISLAND CITY.- Socrates Sculpture Park presents the 2007 edition of Float, a biennial series of time based and ephemeral works installed and performed throughout the Park on Saturdays and Sundays in August. Launched in 2003, Float was first organized in response to Socrates Sculpture Parks location on the East River waterfront. In 2005, locational and relational aesthetics were emphasized, and now, in 2007, the series takes up the theme of nostalgia for a future past, and focuses on a wider range of media to include a concert series, a discursive newsprint publication and blog, several performative installations, and a video program.
For the duration of the series, videos by Robert Boyd, William Lamson, Shana Moulton, and Ola Vasiljeva will be screened continuously. Covering a range of styles, the four video artists works converge around their relationships to ideology, identity, and spiritual transformation. Boyds videos captures the frenzy of cult rituals, while Moultons Whispering Pines series of videos pursue self-help and actualization of the individual, culminating with an outdoor performance by the artist scheduled for August 19.
Vasiljevas hand-made animations of floating characters like Michael Jackson singing opera formally touch on symbols associated with the occult. Lamson's videos simply express the physical properties of weightlessness, a quality implied by spiritual and technological transformation. On view on all three weekends are installations by Lishan Chang, Lieven de Boeck, Sheila Ross and Laura Ten Eyck with Fletch, Todd Knopke, Ted McGurn, and Derrick Wilson, Jan Rothuizen, and Saya Woolfalk, whose projects collectively articulate idealism associated with utopian notions of the future, as well as loss that accompanies the passage of time.