Performance: May 13, 2009
Installation: May 14-23, 2009
Exhibition, New York, NY
A performance event and installation at Exhibition, a temporary artist-run space at 211 Elizabeth Street in New York City. Legendary New York guitarist André Lassalle played a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock performance of the Star Spangled Banner for a small audience in front of a green screen. Video of the performance was composited with a contemporary photograph of Yasgur's farm, the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert. The resulting video was then projected onto the gallery wall twice: two projectors pointed at the same spot on the wall, two DVDs playing out of sync.
In the press
Hyperallergic: "A video projection focused on a single woodland scene for 24 hours shows undulating patterns of light formed by shadows of the trees. A leaf meanders its way to the ground; an insect buzzes by. A small pool of water shimmers and trickles, but not much else happens. When we come upon a scene like this in nature, we might stop for a photo, perhaps force ourselves to meditate for a moment, searching for peace and a spiritual connection, before quickly moving on. Mark Tribe’s “Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, Ulster County, New York,” from the series New Nature (2016–17), allows us to linger more than we might in the wild, where fellow hikers, inclement weather, or mosquitoes compel us to be on our way. It allows us to enjoy the scene. According to a wall text accompanying this piece, we are more likely to experience nature on a digital screen than in an immersive setting. “In an age of virtual reality and inescapable human impact, is nature as real as it used to be?” asks Tribe. “And how could we use technologies of simulation (including relatively straightforward ones, like video) to preserve the experience of a vanishing wilderness?” By providing a voyeuristic view, the artist awakens us to a primal urge to get outside, to smell the moss, to feel the ferns and rocks, to listen to the water." Ilene Dube, "Artists Urge Us to Get Outside and Smell the Moss"