In the summer of 2014, Nicole Russo and I started planning a show at her gallery, Chapter NY, together. The gallery is a single room. It has a recessed doorway that is also a window, and an air conditioner pierces the glass above the door. The gallery faces south and receives direct sunlight, so the shade in the window is always drawn. A temperamental radiator sits on the floor. Steam from the city’s underground steam… [read more »]
In their techno-apocalyptic new video, Nguzunguzu foreshadow the ominous fate of our world with destructively danceable fervor. Recontextualizing a filmic landscape in which the last surviving element of entertainment is destruction itself, “Mecha” is as timely as it is prophetic. Directed by Jude MC, the work repurposes myriad images of contemporary sci-fi and action films and synchronizes them with spine-chilling accents of alien percussion. The enduring, doomsday-like aura of the video evokes a social commentary that speaks to the heart of our culture: in the wake of technological advancement, we destroy. And out of the debris, we repurpose.