Jeff Gompertz, part of the Quiet Summer series, June 19 - July 2.
The QUIET event was a participatory social experiment that blurred the distinction between creator and participant. The living quarters for participants and “registered guests” of the party were the Capsule hotel, which housed a horizontal theatre for participation and interaction.
Media artist Jeff Gompertz was the originator of the Capsule hotel and his new exhibition is part of "A Quiet Summer," a documentary series of tributes to and remembrances of the Quiet Party, curated by Amy Li at 166 Mott Street.
The capsule hotel and its multi-camera monitoring system functioned as a live-in video chatroom. It captured images from individual 'pods' as well as ambient views of the site – corridors, bathroom, shower etc. Focusing on these verbatim images captured randomly by the CCTV system (without human intervention) reveals the artificial family that developed during QUIET.
"I was looking for surprises, says Gompertz, "something intriguing, something unusual and found these 30,000 small files automatically backed up. It was a nice surprise."
As in Donna Ferrato's preceding exhibition of never-before-seen photos from Quiet, the images presented in Gompertz's show from the millennial new years eve 1999/2000 party installation have not been seen until now.
Black and white electrostatic prints of the images present the work in a straightforward manner, a forensic search and return from the data bank. Exhibited alongside the prints, a large flat screen monitor displays the URL http://fakeshop.com/353broadway. The URL has a simple function, to take contributions from the audience. The screen will update automatically to display any Instagram with the hashtag #353broadway, the address of the Quiet Party.
The black and white prints focus on two principle characters in the story; Judge Cal Chamberlain, and Cowboy Carlos Alvarez, who are no longer living. "It's a dark and sad reflection on the past, but also a way to post something new on the timeline," Gompertz says.
Jeff Gompertz is a media/installation artist. The capsule hotel is one of his seminal works. Leo Fernekes has generously made the image data available (saved on a hard drive for 15 years) the backup of the CCTV system he designed and realized as the technical infrastructure of the capsule hotel installation.
A Facebook group page, 353 Broadway, was formed for the original occupants/registered guests of the capsule hotel. The hastag #353Broadway will provide a portal for viewers to participate in, as well as surveil, QUIET for duration of the exhibition.
"Quiet: We Live In Public" was designated by ArtForum a Top 10 Art Installation and widely regarded as a prediction of the addictive and consuming social media world we live in today.