*KATHERINE BAUER Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye*
December 15 - January 5
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*Katherine Bauer*
*Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye*
December 15 - January 5
*Performance Sunday December 15, 6PM*

*Exhibition Opening Thursday December 19, 6-9PM*

*Katherine Bauer, "Sizzle", 2013, b&w photographic print on fiber paper, 5
x 5"*
 © 2013 courtesy of Katherine Bauer

*Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye* is one of Village Voice's
*Holiday* *Art Picks*.
Read the article by Robert Shuster

Microscope is very pleased to present *KATHERINE BAUER,* *Teenage
Dream Sequence: Seduction
of the Eye**, *the third in a series of live film performance events and
exhibitions, following the 2010 *Black Sabbath Black Mass* and this
year’s *Invocation
of Joan of Arc*, which took place at Cité Internationale des Arts, in
Paris. With *Seduction..., *the New York-based artist continues her series
inspired by coming of age rites of the American female teenager – rock &
roll rebellion, teen idolization, “dirty” novels, etc – addressing that
time of transition in an interpretation of Georges Bataille's 1928 “The
Story of the Eye”.

    "[*Seduction…*] is about the seduction of the eye, of seeing and the
desires that it creates. Or of not seeing… about what we do not see... what
is not there, what is imagined, in the way that [Bataille’s] novel is not
about sex but desire and fantasy of discovering unknown secrets of life and
death of birth and excess, death and denial." KB

*Seduction... *opens with a 16mm film performance event (on 12/15) that
doubles as an apparatus for the live production of photograms, which along
with the film loops, projectors and ephemera from the event – the only
evidence of the event that took place – will be mounted in an exhibition
(opening on 12/19). The experiential, mysterious, and uncertain nature of
Bauer’s work draws influence from 1960s expanded cinema, the ritualism and
black magic of Kenneth Anger, Viennese Actionism, and body art among
others. *Seduction…* may also be seen as a “literal cinema”, or a work in
which content is further considered as an exploration of the material and
technological nature of celluloid film and its projection*.*

During the performance, light from 16mm film loops, projecting images of
the eyes of the female performers onto their actual eyes, exposes
photosensitive paper, positioned as both stage and backdrop, to capture
impressions of the bodies and objects in the room. Bataille’s concepts of
vision and liquids surface in the performance culminating as an erotic
presence, summoned and transferred through milk, urine, and raw egg. Sound
is an important and purposeful coalescence of the voices of the performers
reading excerpts from Bataille’s “Story…”, analog synth compositions, and
the hum of the rotating film strips.

The artworks in *Seduction...* are conceived not as remnants or residues,
but as temporal crystallizations - the filmic surface itself composed of
crystals - of the forces at play during the performance. Bauer states,
"…the images are not representations, just as the performance is not an
adaptation of *The Story of the Eye - *instead they are *presentations*, making
its content present…”


*KATHERINE BAUER* works primarily with 16mm film and its material potential
for sculpture, photography and installation. Much of her work involves
mythologies, folklores, and narratives. Her work has previously exhibited
at Participant Inc., NY; Shoot the Lobster, Dusseldorf, Germany; Place
Gallery, Portland, Oregon; and Immanence Gallery, Paris, France among
others. Bauer was awarded a 2012-13 Cité Internationale des Arts Paris
Residency and was a recipient of a Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation
Fellowship (2012-13). Bauer holds a BA in film and electronic arts from
Bard College and a MFA from NYU Steinhardt (2013). Katherine Bauer was born
in Houston, Texas and currently lives and works in New York.

*"KATHERINE BAUER Teenage Dream Sequence: Seduction of the Eye",* Dec 15
through Jan 5th

w/ live performance 12/15 6pm, & exhibition opening reception 12/19 6-9pm

For additional information please contact Microscope Gallery at 347.925.1433or

More info at 

4 Charles Place
Brooklyn NY 11221
Hours: Thurs to Mon, 1-6pm
or by appointment
T: 347 925 1433
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