For the inaugural season of the Walker Moving Image Commissions, five artists were each commissioned to create a new work to view online from June 1 2015—May 31 2016. These works respond to the inspirations, inquiry, and influence of three key artists in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection: Derek Jarman, Bruce Conner, and Marcel Broodthaers.
Comprehensive Horrors and Technological Consequences: Bruce Conner and Leslie Thornton
Operation Crossroads, the nuclear bomb test conducted by the United States Joint Army/Navy Task Force at Bikini Atoll in July 1946, was one of the most documented events in 20th-century history…
Figure and Wound: The Human Body in Shahryar Nashat’s Present Sore
In 1983, when feminist scholar Donna Haraway began writing “A Cyborg Manifesto,” her landmark essay that would come to redefine forms of gender classification and the conditions of what…
A Yard, a Tank, a Whale: The Conditions of Uri Aran’s Two Things About Suffering
They said to us
Thou shalt not kill and they
deserved to die themselves.
Thou shalt love Thy neighbor.
Notes from the Interior: Moyra Davey’s Notes on Blue
Moyra Davey’s Notes on Blue begins with a frank explanation of how it came to be: “I began with a first note to myself,” says Davey as she walks back and forth in front of the camera. “I made a list. But I’ll start…
Flow: James Richards' Radio at Night
A painter, writer, queer political activist, and filmmaker, Derek Jarman (1942–1994) took a synthetic approach to his art. His dexterous approach to composition, as well as his ability to blend the painterly…
Moving Image Commissions 2017
The Walker Moving Image Commissions returns for a second season this summer. Artists Marwa Arsanios, Yto Barrada, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, and Renée Green have each been commissioned to create a new work to be shown online from June to September 2017.