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Martine Syms
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An immersive pop-up presentation of Martine Syms latest project developed for KALEIDOSCOPE Issue #30.

On the occasion of the launch Issue #30, featuring an extensive cover story by Los Angeles-based artist Martine Syms, KALEIDOSCOPE presented an immersive pop-up presentation with a live set by London-based dj and producer Shamos, powered by Carhartt WIP and streaming live on Know Wave.

Featured in the magazine’s pages as an expansion of her current solo show at New York’s MoMA, the icon of WYD?, the new digital app created by the artist. Point your camera to the image and turn your audio on to activate video and augmented reality content. An immersive installation including photographs and staged objects, and centering around a new feature-length film Incense Sweaters & Ice.

Incense Sweaters & Ice follows the movements of Girl, Mrs. Queen Esther Bernetta White, and WB (“whiteboy”) through different phases of watching, being watched and remaining unseen. Using Hollywood film tropes and the visual languages of social media video platforms like Vine and Instagram, the film follows in the long cinematic history of using camera motion to create the illusion of subjectivity. Intertwining technique and narrative, the film drives at the tension between surveillance and self­ promotion that pervades our many avenues of self­ documentation and broadcast. Shot in cities that reflect the route of the Great Migration (Los Angeles, Chicago, and Clarksdale, Mississippi), the video employs distinct camera techniques that foreground the camera itself as a central character.

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles) uses video and performance to examine representations of blackness. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, ICA London, New Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among other institutions. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues.

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