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Movie in a Bar Mirror


A photo of Movie in a Bar Mirror
A photo of Movie in a Bar Mirror

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

January 22–March 14, 2015

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On January 22, PK Worryshop will begin work on Movie in a Bar Mirror, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of their Session, PK Worryshop will explore the cinematic trope of the “sad bar” along with the historical use of private cinema viewing machines in such establishments.

PK Worryshop will use their Session to deconstruct the cinemascope into its component parts and reassemble them in skewed perspective. Through the use of projections and live and recorded sound, PK will transform the entirety of Recess into their own “cinematic sadness machine,” a Mirroscope into which visitors can step. The storefront of Recess will act as the screen of this Mirroscope viewing machine, turning the viewing inside out on itself.

Midway through their Session PK will lead a “sad bar crawl” through Soho using songs from sad bar scenes as waypoints.

The videos and film works that will be viewed on the Mirroscope will be produced within the space by PK Worryshop and collaborators over the course of their Session.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist



PK is a collaborative attempt founded in 2013 by Kaila Guilmet and Porter Diteman, whose Worryshop is based in various zones in the New York City metropolitan area. The drift of PK can be likened to the recurrent locating of a History that sits discretely beside the loud and well-spoken orator.


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