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Charles Kriel
Ground Loop Alibi

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Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art & Design
Los Angeles

September 29, 2006

A single-authored audio-visual performance, commissioned as part of the Otis Speaks series

Ground Loop Alibi press release

Ground Loop Alibi was a solo audio-visual gallery-based performance, commissioned by the Otis College of Art & Design for the Ben Maltz Gallery, one of America’s seminal exhibition spaces for emerging and established artists. Previous exhibited artists have included Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Doug Aitken, Dick Higgins, Donald Lipski and Vito Acconci.

Covering the interior of the gallery, Ground Loop Alibi, formally, created-by-example an architecture and methodology for performance artists working with new digital audio-visual performance tools. In content, the work explored notions of subjective difference via performative meditations on a fused, dual metaphor - the electrical ground loop, and the role of the Alibi Man on the American carnival (a ground loop is an unwanted current flowing between two points that should be at the same potential, but are not; Alibi Men are carny "fixers" who travel ahead of the show, using money to encourage the police to adopt a "carny" reading of the law). Kriel grew up on the American carnival, and his father was an Alibi Man.

A formal research period began early in 2006, with Kriel working closely with both Tokyo- and London-based Pioneer Electronics engineers who were developing a range of audio-visual tools for performance. Still in prototype, this was the first time some of these tools had been used for public performance.

Slideshow: Charles Kriel - Ground Loop Alibi

The performance was augmented by two talks given at Otis College of Art & Design, one of which presented the artist’s approach to the work; the other a professional development workshop.

Ground Loop Alibi is permanently available to the public via Otis’ library, and Toronto’s Partners in Art archive, and was subsequently presented as a Conference Contribution at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, resulting in the commissioning of DSM5 at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Ground Loop Alibi video on Charles Kriel's website

Please also refer to hardcopy item for this output.

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