Exhibition video for The Way of the Shovel
I produced a video for the exhibition The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, which traces the interest in history, archaeology, and archival research that defines some of the most highly regarded art of the last decade. Curated by former MCA Chicago Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete, the exhibition makes the argument that we are in the midst of an artistic movement which Roelstraete has termed the “Historiographic Turn.”
As part of the interpretive plan for the show, the video focused on telling Roelstraete’s story and used the voices of seven artists included in the show— Mark Dion, Pamela Banos, Susanne Kriemann, Joachim Koester, Mariana Castillo Deball, Scott Hocking, and Michael Rakowitz—to illustrate Roelstraete’s points. The result is a comprehensive, engaging, and visually stunning piece that eloquently summarizes the thesis of the exhibition.
The video was installed on a monitor at the entrance to the exhibition, and was featured prominently on the MCA’s homepage and pushed out through social media.
Producer and Project Manager
Director, Cinematographer, and Editor: Mike Alfini
Interviewer: Karsten Lund
Graphic Designers: James Goggin and Scott Reinhard