Feingold Ken
Ken Feingold (1952) has been exhibiting his work in film, video, objects, and installations since 1974. After first studying at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in “Post-Studio Art” from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA. The numerous awards and honors Feingold has include a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2003) and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2004) and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2010). He has taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union, among others. His work If/Then (2001) was included in the Whitney Biennial 2002, and three of his installations were in the Corcoran Biennial 2002.
Self Portrait as the Center of the Universe (1998-2001) was shown at Tate Liverpool in Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance (2004), and a mid-career survey of his work was shown at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles between October 2005 and February 2006. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (Film Study Collection) NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and others. He has traveled widely, living for extended periods of time in India, Japan, and Argentina and working for shorter periods in many other countries. He lives in New York City.
selected exhibitions:
2009 Imagining Media @ ZKM, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE (group) / 2008 Tangled Up in You, 21c Museum Foundation, Louisville, US (group) / 2007 Kempelen – Man in the Machine, Műscarnok, Budapest, HU (group) / 2006 Ken Feingold, Mejan Labs, Stockholm, SE (solo) / TOMORROWLAND: CalArts in Moving Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US (group) / 2005 Kenneth Feingold: Survey (mid career survey), Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, US (solo) / The Other Book, National Museum of Art, Wroclaw, PL (group) / 2004 Art, Lies, and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Liverpool, UK (group) / 2002 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, US (group) / 2001 Postmasters Gallery, New York, US (solo)

In Eros and Thanatos Falling/Flying Feingold suspends two ventriloquist puppets from the ceiling so they appear to be flying or falling, a balance between two opposites, while two voices are heard speaking with each other. The dialog is not recorded but generated in real-time by a computer running a program written by Feingold that examines the text just spoken and according to algorithms draws upon databases of words and syntaxes to create the lyrics. The song of the puppets is in this way neither scripted nor fully random. The mythical characters of Eros and Thanatos were used by Freud to metaphorically represent the fundamental energies of, on the one hand, Eros: life, creativity, growth, and increase in tension, and on the other, Thanatos: that of the movement towards homeostasis (elimination of all tensions), dissolution, and death. We are constantly driven between stimulation and action by a balance of the forces of these energies, neither one ever found in completely pure state. /Björn Norberg/

Eros + Thanatos Falling/Flying, 2006, mixed media installation, dimensions variable
Fot. K. Feingold

Curated by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński