Karen Chan & the SUPER 8MM

Posted in Arario New York by arariogallery on July 28, 2010

Do you know what a Super 8 mm film is?

This is what Wikipedia is for. No, seriously, click the link if you want the history of ‘Super 8’ and Kodak. I’ll just quote their one line explanation, “Super 8 mm film (often simply called Super 8) is a motion picture film format released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak as an improvement of the older “Double” or “Regular” 8 mm home movie format.”

Super 8 is the choice of medium for one of our 52 artists in the current show, Irrelevant. Karen Chan (see more of her work here) began working with the ‘Super 8’ two years ago and is continuously exploring, experimenting, and expanding artistically with this tool. Arario Gallery had the pleasure of hosting her workshop this past Thursday evening. As our small shy crowd grew into a large curious one, Karen brought out five Super 8’s and had her audience experiment and explore with their own film.

From my observation, the engagement between artist, audience, and medium is exactly what art organizations seek today– audience engagement with art and artists. It is the kind of interaction necessary for art organizations and artists to reach out to their audience on a different level. A teaching workshop allows art enthusiasts and novices to understand and relate to an artist in a more intimate conversation. People want to know what artists are thinking or how and why they came to the point they are standing at. Sure, some artists want their audience to be receptive and reflect upon their art in their own way, but sometimes we, even us art enthusiasts, need a little help in the contemporary art department.

Karen’s workshop was not necessarily a full-on detailed report of her videos made with the Super 8, but rather, it was a lesson in how an individual can create art the way she has.

Indeed, the Super 8 seems to be a celebrated medium of film being resurrected in fine artistic form. Check out these links here:

Thank you, Karen, for sharing your expertise with us!


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