The second part of the exhibition features a multi-channel video installation that analyzes the music video through documentary sequences produced at a 3-D gun manufacturing workshop in Austin, Texas. Defense Distributed is a pending non-profit corporation that in its mission statement justifies its open-source weapon designs with reference to the right of self-defense, thereby challenging the legal and economic monopoly of weapon distribution in the United States. #blacktivist is thus not (just) a music video, but a reflection on the significance mediated imagery of our society.
Mario Pfeifer (born in 1981, Dresden) lives in Berlin and New York. He studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main, and at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, as a Fulbright Fellow. In 2012, Pfeifer was artist-in-residence at the ISCP, New York. He conceives his film and video works out of specific cultural situations, researches local backgrounds and weaves historic, socio-political, and documentary references into a richly layered artistic practice. Pfeifer has shown his work at MMK, Frankfurt/Main; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Weserburg, Bremen; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Khoj, New Delhi; and Project 88, Mumbai, among others. His projectApproximation (2014-15) was featured in solo exhibitions at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, and KOW, Berlin. Later this year it will be presented at Fotomuseum Winterthur and, on September 22, 7pm, at the Goethe-Institut New York.
Drew Arnold is a new media producer based in New York. His previous projects include the technical direction for Kanye West’s video BLKKK SKKKN HEAD, the creative direction for Beyonce’s performance at the United Nations, as well as her interactive billboard performance for Run The World.
The Flatbush ZOMBIES are a rap trio that formed in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush in 2010. In 2012, the group released Thug Waffle, their debut video, which was followed by the EP Clockwork Indigo two years later. This year the group collaborated with ASAP Twelvy on the single Half-Time, with Domo Genesis on Plz Don’t Make Me Do It, and with Mario Pfeifer and Drew Arnold on#blacktivist. Bolstered by a legion of fans, the Flatbush ZOMBIES perform at sold-out venues across North America and Europe.
The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of KOW, Berlin, and the video walls powered by ArtPlay, New York.