Complex video installations and seminal films documenting dance and performance art have made Charles Atlas (b. St. Louis, Mo., 1949) a leader in the field of film and video art. Atlas rose to renown with projects on which he worked with choreographers including Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark as well as the fashion designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery. His network of creative collaborators largely coincides with his circle of friends: many of his works from the 1980s and 1990s are portraits of fellow protagonists of the New York underground scene and the contemporary milieu that scrutinize aspects of biopower and the politics of bodies and identity. The defining feature of Atlas’s work is his ongoing investigation of the expressive potentials of time-based media. He explores questions of the segmentation and structuring of the visual space as well as contemporary issues in the politics of representation.
The publication features specially commissioned essays by Elisabeth Bronfen, Raphael Gygax, Jennifer Harris and Martin Jaeggi, reflecting on Atlas’ artistic strategies and the themes which determined his oeuvre throughout the years. In a special section dedicated to Charles Atlas, collaborators and friends share their memories, anecdotes, and stories. Contributions by Marina Abramovic, Anohni, Patrick Bensard, Laurie Berg, Howie Chen & Mika Tajima, Johanna Constantine, Douglas Crimp, Douglas Dunn, Johanna Fateman, Christian Fennesz, Lia Gangitano, Mimi Gross, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Anne Iobst, Barbara London, Silke Otto-Knapp, Heather Pesanti, Paul Pescador, Yvonne Rainer, Lori E. Seid, Lucy Sexton, Elisabeth Sussman, Joshua Thorson, Anne Waldman, Susan Weil, Joe Westmoreland, Rachel Williams, Lauren Wittels, Linda Yablonsky, Lori Zippay and Italo Zucchelli.
Edited by: Raphael Gygax, Martin Jaeggi
English, Hardcover, 145 x 230 mm, 188 pages, images: 114
Design: Studio Marie Lusa, Zurich
JRP|Editions, ISBN: 978-3-03764-536-9