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The Woods

In The Woods, a video commissioned for the International 2002, Piene harnesses the rituals and actions of hardcore music fans in a mosh pit. Fans systematically establish a physical space where they can unleash their aggression and angst, almost as a form of tribal rite. This unique place acts as a locus and catalyst for the violence and frustration of the teenage protagonists. Piene works with their natural energy to reveal what happens to the body when it is immersed in the mosh pit: it is attacked from all sides by open-air aggression, unchecked machismo, unbridled anger and lust.

Courtesy of Anthony and Linda Grant Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art International Exhibition 2002 in association with FACT [Foundation for Art & Creative Technology] With thanks to: Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York and Anthony and Linda Grant, New York. The Woods Production: Production Director: Chloe Piene; Line Producer: Sarah Bassine; Principal Fans: Linda Baker, Tracy Boyle, Vinny Castiglia, Thomas Cummings, James Paul Donovan, Timothy S. Pal, Chris Pedretti, Gregory Puleo, Tom Tulve, Chris Zottola; Gaffer: John Coots; Grip: Ian Ragsdale; Location Sound: John & Janni; Still Photography: Cary Connover; Post: Harvestworks; Insurance: Nearnorth. Thanks also to: Matt Barney, Eddie Berg, Bret Boyle, Mira Cantor, sarah Cantor, Vinny Castiglia, Amy Chapman, Matthew Fox, Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Michael Hannin Esq., Wibke Holt, John Lamacchia, Jo McGonigal, Diane Richie and Rachael Robbins, Ellen Robinson, Chelsea Romsera, Michael Saltzman, Dorna Schroeder, Pete Underbeat, Chris Zottola, Joe at Shadow Studios, Professional Sound Services. Special thanks to the bands: Candiria, Shai Hulud, Vext.

Date

14 September – 24 November 2002