Publication accompanying the first solo exhibition in Canada of Brooklyn-based artist Eve Sussman and her collaborative team Rufus Corporation. Together they produce interrelated films and videos, photographs and installations developed on numerous journeys through Russia and Central Asia. The focus here is the film installation whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir, which draws on the radial abstractions and reflections on transcendence of Kasimir Malevich, and the fate of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin, seen through the lens of science fiction and film noir cinematography. Generated by algorithm, edited in real time and heavily informed by such twentieth-century filmmakers as Jean-Luc Godard and Wim Wenders, the work is a fascinating investigation into space and time, utopia and dystopia, fractured narration and landscapes marked by economic and ecological upheaval. Also featured is a photo series by Simon Lee created during the production. Eve Sussman founded the Rufus Corporation in 2003. Rufus Corporation’s works have been exhibited and screened internationally and are included in the collections of the MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Throughout 2012 Whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir was exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, and Site Santa Fe.

Lesley Johnstone, Jonathan T.D. Neil, Jeff Wood
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
May 2013
112 pages, 40 col. ill. 10.5 x 8 in softcover