Bodies of Knowledge

@ 7:00pm

Organized alongside TERMINAL, the Bodies of Knowledge screenings are a meditation on the ‘user’ side of technological relationships.  This two-part series brings together three different considerations of the physical and psychological conditions of bodily endurance. It asks us to consider our bodies as sites of performance, where we process knowledge and the psychological demands of being oneself.

Bodies of Knowledge (Pt 1)

November 9, 7pm

Emily Wardill, When you fall into a trance, 2013
72 mins

When you fall into a trance is part of a series of films by Wardill that share a common interest in the complexities of communication and representation, the limitations and imprecision of language, and the individual nature of imagination.

Bodies of Knowledge (Pt 2)

November 16, 7pm

Liz Magic Laser, Kiss and Cry, 2015
13:30 min

Commissioned and produced by Mercer Union, Kiss and Cry features figure skaters Anna MacKenzie and Axel MacKenzie and coach Marie Jonsson MacKenzie. The work is an exploration of the childrens’ virtuosity in sport, coupled with a psychological inquiry into the forming of opinion and identity as it is wrapped up in the mechanisms of personal performance.

Commissioned and produced by Mercer Union with support from Partners in Art.

Scott Rogers, ALPTRUTH, 2015
40 min

ALPTRUTH examines the intricacies and intimacies of backcountry skiing. Dealing with the relationship between risk management, heuristics, marketing and outdoor adventure, the video documents an ill-fated solo ski trip which Rogers undertook in January 2013. The footage from this journey forms the basis of an alternative ski movie, focusing on the viscerally slow pace, layers of personal history, and existential decision-making connected to the sport rather than its ‘extreme’ popularisation.

Artist Biographies

Liz Magic Laser (b. New York, 1981) earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Wilifried Lentz, Rotterdam (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Yale Union, Portland (2013); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) and The Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2013). Her work has also been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, New York (2015); Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2015); Art Space, Sydney (2015); The Highline, New York (2014); Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2014); Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); The Kitchen, New York (2014); Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011) and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Scott Rogers (b. Calgary, 1981) lives in Glasgow. His work regularly deals with ecology, contingency, and processes of observation, decay, and preservation. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Collective (Edinburgh, UK), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge, CA), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto, CA), Glasgow Sculpture Studios (UK), and a collaboration with Sarah Rose at Artspace (Auckland, NZ). Recent group exhibitions include: The Dead Teach the Living (The Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK); Future Station: the Alberta Biennial (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, CA); Black Diamond Dust (Nanaimo Art Gallery, CA) Seeing Things (Glasgow International Festival, UK); Fight! (Center, Berlin, DE). Scott will be part of the group exhibition Survival Guide at the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2017 and will also be artist-in-residence at the CCA in Glasgow in October 2016.


Emily Wardill (b. 1977) is a British filmmaker and performance artist. She creates both shorts and feature-length films. Wardill’s work has been exhibited at Art Basel, the Serpentine Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Venice Biennale. Her films have appeared in the International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, among others.