A.K. Burns: Shabby But Thriving

Exhibition, New Museum, New York, USA.


Until April 23, 2017
A.K. Burns’s serial work draws on theatre, science fiction, philosophy, and ecological anxieties. The project is organised around five elements: power (the sun), water, land, void, and body.
Here, Burns premieres a new two-channel video staged within an installation that explores the subjugation and agency of various bodies. It was filmed in the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building: moving from the basement through the stairwells (partially renovated and often bearing relics of previous eras) and into a series of found and constructed interiors, it treats the entire building as both a stage and a metaphorical body. Furniture and props likewise act as both benign objects and political subjects.