documentary

Naomi Draper at the Mattress Factory by David Bernabo

I’m very pleased with how this video turned out. We filmed in Boyce Park while Naomi was harvesting flowers for her installation at Mattress Factory. Camera/Edit/Music: me

Mattress Factory artist Naomi Draper finds materials for her work in nature. Here she collects Queen Anne's lace for her installation "Holding Fragments," which opens Friday, September 27, 2019 as part of "Factory Installed 2019."

Wild Human, music score: Patrick Breiner by David Bernabo

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Resting somewhere between documentary, tone poem, and podcast, the film Wild Human discusses how wilderness has been replaced by representations of nature and the wild. 

Throughout the film, much of the music is presented as live, improvised solo performances, filmed in areas that blur nature and city. Below is an unedited take from Patrick Breiner, performing an improvised piece on clarinet.

New Documentary Excerpt! Dennis Maher's "A Second Home" by David Bernabo

An excerpt from the feature-length documentary, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory featuring Dennis Maher’s three-story installation '“A Second Home”'. Sound by Dubravka Bencic and Kevin Bednar.

Rent the full film here: vimeo.com/ondemand/sitespecific

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Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory
Directed by David Bernabo

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States.

Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, Kevin Clancy, and David Pohl, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, director David Bernabo was able to unearth rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, David Ellis, as well as performance art by Chrome and others. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation “A Second Home,” among other works.

NEW DOC + TOUR: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory by David Bernabo

Yayoi Kusama with  Dots Obsession , 1996

Yayoi Kusama with Dots Obsession, 1996

SUMMARY

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory (97 minutes)

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. 

Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, and others, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, the film unearths rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, and David Ellis. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation “A Second Home”, among other works.

 

TOUR

05.03 | PREMIERE | MATTRESS FACTORY | 6PM | PITTSBURGH, PA | RESERVE FREE TICKETS

05.10 | MELWOOD SCREENING ROOM | 7PM, $8/10 | PITTSBURGH, PA | BUY TICKETS

05.11 | MINI MICROCINEMA | CINCINNATI, OH

05.12 | FLOOD PLAIN | 7PM | ST. LOUIS, MO | BUY TICKETS

05.14 | FISCH HAUS | TIME TBA | WICHITA, KS

05.15 | UNIVERSITY OF DENVER | 7PM | DENVER, CO

05.25 | SITE | TIME 6PM | SANTA FE, NM

05.28 | PLUG PROJECTS | TIME TBA | KANSAS CITY, MO

05.29 | 21c LEXINGTON | TIME TBA | LEXINGTON, KY

 

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James Turrell,  Gasworks ,   1993

James Turrell, Gasworks, 1993

Eating & Working & Eating & Working -- raising money for a film about food and labor by David Bernabo

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Despite being literally visible, the conditions surrounding labor in the service industry are often unseen. Eating & Working & Eating & Working is a feature-length documentary film that follows seven people working in food from the being to the end of their work day. Along the way, participants discuss the joys and frustrations of working, the skills utilized in their labor, and the impacts of sexism, racism, and classism on their work environments.

Support the production of the film AND get a downloadable copy for $8. See below!