We Are Happy To Serve You

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Jan 28, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017



Durham Cinematheque with Tom Whiteside, Anna Kipervaser, and Chris Thomas will host an open studio during the day and offer screenings at night. Screenings are in 16mm and digital and include early cinema, experimental film, and rare archival finds.

During the daytime there will be a gallery display with image objects and experimental projections. The gallery will open at 4:00 on Monday and will be open noon to 6:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a Magic Lantern hack at every show. Screenings will be held each night at 8:00pm, with doors at 7:30. All screenings are approximately 75 minutes. Admission is $5.

4:00pm - 8:00pm: open studio with image objects & experimental projections
8:00pm Screenings:
The Order of Revelation: 1-5 (AK) The first five chapters of the Quran translated from Arabic to Visual
Suhail and The One Having Crossed Over (AK) The legend of Suhail (aka Canopus or Osiris) lives on to this day
FILMISTORY.3 (TW) A three screen romp through film history with dozens of films more than 100 years old

12:00pm - 6:00pm: open studio with image objects & experimental projections
8:00pm Screenings:
Formicarium 20xY, part one (CT) The world of ants, a future world, a past world, another world
Madrassa (AK) No minds are split, they are all already always distinct
Interviewed (TW) Six anonymous interviews recorded in Utah in 1959, uniquely and authentically strange 

12:00pm - 6:00pm:open studio with image objects & experimental projections
8:00pm Screenings:
Discourse of a New Planet (CT) A search for new ideas, new orbits, and new possibilities
Television Really Was Strange with Wanda Landowska (TW) Thick slices from 1950's television including a rare visit with harpsichordist Landowska


UNEXPOSED Mircrocinema exists to facilitate the growth of experimental cinema outside of academia by establishing a physical presence to promote a constant awareness of its viability.

7:00 - 8:00pm
// HER BATTLEGROUND (Total Runtime: 47min)

1. “White Coat Phenomenon” by Kristin Reeves (3min, 2012)
Finding sex in an unexpected location requires some examination. 

2. “Counter-Charge” by Alex Hovet (13min, 2015)
In the 1989 adult-oriented computer series, Leisure Suit Larry wanders the jungle of a colonized village searching for love, which he finds, after a multitude of failed romantic interactions, with Passionate Patti, a perfect and unattainable woman. In an act of cathexis, Larry's energies concentrate on Patti in a complex of libido, love, and gender expression that leads Larry/Patti on an investigation of duality. bell hooks' meditations on love and relationships attempt to guide them through text and recordings by an ASMR reader (a phenomenon whereby young women speak in a sexualized, infantilized whisper to elicit a pleasurable response), but these attempts are rejected by the game's instinct. Larry's explorations are anti-cathected--counter-charged--and blocked by his own ego and the constructs of the game in which he wanders, his desires continually repressed. 

3. “Head Games” by Brooke Rosen (3min, 2011)
A cameraless film on gender duality and unity, HEAD GAMES is a raw attempt at expressing the inner turmoil inspired by an unbalanced society, and the infinite creative benefits of surrendering to a harmonious, natural state of undefined being. 

4. “Her Silent Seeming” by Nazli Dincel (10.5, 2014)
A transcription of what I have been told during intimate experiences while separating from my husband. Sections consist of destroyed originals from Leafless(2011), motifs of the "feminine" alluding to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures(1963) and of reconstruction of a pomegranate. These decorative objects are re-valued through a controlled act of cutting, with an allusion to synchronization. Obscured images clear out while the hand scratched text becomes harder to read with each section. Direct sound of cuts and hand processing are composed of 26 frame shots. Un-synced, it reveals a hearing of past images, as an act of translation. 

5. “Human Body Battleground Organ Organism” by Metrah Pashaee (9min, 2013)
Human Body Battleground Organ Organism is an appropriated moving image collage investigating the penis and vagina as disembodied vessels. By utilizing a digital voice to enact this estrangement, a narration of declaration generates a questioning of definitions, where sound and image structures dismantle and reveal a deconstruction of audio-visual form and subject's signification. 

6. “Banquet of Love” by Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons (7min, 2014)
Insects in their final moments chatter noisily, displaying extravagant colors and patterns - it is their great feast of love. This work was created by Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norman McLaren's birth. The film was made by scratching and painting directly on overexposed 8mm film. The soundtrack was created using photosensors connected to an analogue synthesizer. 

7. “Before the Portrait” by Karissa Hahn (2min, 2012)
Inspired by John William Waterhouses’ portrait, “A Mermaid” (1901). Portrayal of this immobile creature idealized with images of femininity. 


7:00 - 8:00pm
UNEXPOSED Presents: // The Voice of God (Total Runtime: 54min) 

1. “Townhomes Scare Me 1” by Benjamin Edelberg (3min)
Townhomes Scare Me 1 explores my first childhood experience with panic. I attempted to cope with these then foreign feelings of anxiety with a journal of drawings, which I recently rediscovered while visiting my home in Chicago. The title phrase is lifted from one of my journal entries. 

2. “Eudora” by Michael Bucuzzo (10min)
"Eudora explores the family home through the eyes of a returning spirit: my grandfather. As a ghost story devoid of characters, Eudora uses its images as a resurrective force to examine the ambiguity of memory and reality, and its further degradation through the act of recollecting." 

3. “Light Study” by Josephine Massarella (13min)
Light Study is a poetic examination of the wetlands, forests, and ecosystems of the Canadian Niagara Escarpment. Filmed over a three year period, it explores the unique landscape of the Bruce Trail using 16mm single frame photography. Here, nature presides over an ephemeral human element, its primordial essence both medium and agent of light's eternal change. Soundtrack composed by Graham Stewart, member of the experimental music collective Viosac. 

4. “Hour Between Dog and Wolf” by Abinadi Meza (5min)
This mysterious film brings you between layers of dream-like spaces, guided by an uncanny voice. 

5. “Hermeneutics” by Alexei Dmitriev (3min)
A war film. 

6. “(I)FRAME” by Karissa Hahn & Andrew Kim (10min)
A video is a stream of information, and this moving image relies upon the relationship of static frames which are algorithmically determined....
In the language of video compression, the (I) frames are the reference points between which movement is interpolated.
Manual deletion or misplacement of (I) frames results in a video glitch known as a datamosh … the stream of nformation d srupted, d sorgan zed … nterupeted … lost … the ( ) frame removed, rejected … BUT, reclaimed, the (I) frame, the burning bolts of the machine, are at once reasserted in this dance macabre....
(I) FRAME is a mechanical ballet set to the original tempo that characterizes motion on screen at 24 (I) frames a second….
shot at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, CA

7. “The Voice of God” by Bernd Lützeler (9.5min)
If God would come down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice over artiste, lending his voice to thousands of hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India. 


The Footprints of Wild Beasts

The Footprints of Wild Beasts is Liz Hull’s inaugural exhibition at Lump Gallery. Based on the senses of smell, hearing and taste, Hull will transform Lump into a sensory incubator during the week of February, 20 - 28th.

Heavily influenced by the spontaneous, and often loosely choreographed, collaborations of the Fluxus art movement — a group of international, interdisciplinary artists operating in the 1960s and 1970s — Hull aims to create an experiential installation that reveals our unity and collective unconscious via scent, sound and taste. Anchoring the exhibition will be a large, triangular, dining table, which pays homage to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, 1974-79. Placed in the center of the room, this table will have nine place settings accompanied by the names of historical figures and scents that correspond to their essence. For the duration of the show, viewers are encouraged to move the name cards to other place settings if they feel a scent is more suited to another individual. In addition, viewers will have the opportunity to write in new names of other inspirational figures or write new scent recipes for the names that already exist. Like a dinner party, the discussions and movements around the table are unpredictable, ephemeral, and difficult to be commodified. This interactive process dissolves the space between the viewer and the object, fostering a relationship between the two, instead of an ownership of one over the other. This relationship is also echoed by the table itself. Built by a team of young women carpenters at the Carolina Friends School, it serves as a conduit, linking the current generation of women to Judy Chicago’s pioneering generation of the 1960s and 1970s. 

Moving beyond the table is a wall that will be an open forum for words, colors, symbols, random demarcations, the addition of foreign objects, etc. Much like the “Subway Therapy” hosted in New York City subways, where passersby were encouraged to express themselves on post-it notes, this wall encourages response. The immediate, often guttural, reactions people have towards scent and art can be documented on this wall. Much like the paintings in the caves of Lascieux, the graffiti of urban landscapes, or the doodling on bathroom walls, the human need to be seen and heard remains and is self-documented by this process. We also gain a deeper understanding of our collective unconscious through this process. 

The exhibition will culminate with the semiotics of this wall being transformed into a musical and perfumed composition, each available to be experienced Saturday, February 25-Tuesday, February 27. After this time the documents will be buried as a time capsule, to be opened at a later date. 

The closing of the exhibition will be sealed with a Paiste symphonic gong sound bath by Reiki master, energy healer and Kundalini instructor, Amanda May. This event will take place on Monday, February 27, from 7PM-8PM, with a cocktail reception to follow until 9PM. This event will be donation based and all proceeds will go towards Equality NC, a charity dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. 

Find more information on Equality NC  here: Equality NC  





Previous Events:


This is not goodbye. Flanders Gallery and its director, Kelly McChesney are merging resources with Lump, one of the longest running alternative exhibition spaces in North Carolina. Over the past ten years Flanders has created over 100 exhibitions for the Triangle, introduced work of some 200 artists, hosted more community concerts and events than we can count, and created exhibitions and art outside the gallery walls at any given chance. We are proud of what Flanders and its artists have accomplished, and we are excited to team up with Lump to create more meaningful opportunities for contemporary art in our community.



Since 1996, Lump has brought rigor and professionalism to the hard driving experimentation and self determination that defined its inception. Lump is now transitioning into a 501(c)3 non profit organization, so that it may continue as a collaborative, artist-focused space with resources to conduct its program without compromise. Our mission is to expand the possibilities for artists and curators through the support of ambitious projects in exhibition, performance, research and documentation while broadening the community’s exposure to new artistic practices and dialogue. Lump has tasked itself with challenging the public’s notion of art by continuing to embrace its mystique through work by artists whose unconventional visions of contemporary art and life, all too often, go unseen.



We Are Happy to Serve You sets off a full month of spectacle as LUMP transforms from a grassroots DIY space to a community supported non-profit project space. Founded by Bill Thelen and Med Byrd, Lump began as an artist run gallery in 1996. Over the past twenty years, Bill, Med, and artists of Team Lump have served the NC community providing space for thought-provoking art, while acting as a pipeline for conversation between North Carolina and the larger contemporary art world. This February we celebrate LUMP and kickstart the next twenty years with what we believe are required viewings.




El lugar de tus ideals - an installation by Amanda Barr, Bill Thelen, Martha Clippinger. An elaborate meditation on the street market.

Print shop / Dollar Store / Smoke Shop - an installation by Derek Toomes, Destineez Child (April Childers and Carmen Tiffany), Megan Sullivan, Mollie Earls, Drew Robertson, and Jerstin Crosby. Browse the black market, where deviance is at its cheapest.

Bill's Bald Beignets - an installation by George Jenne. Step directly into one of Jenne’s narratives, normally video. Scrutinize the detail, fuel up with french donuts and chicory coffee.



Saturday, January 28th

11:00am - 1:00pm: The Poetry Fox
2:00 - 5:00pm: UNCG Art Truck presents Julia Caston - Privilege Coffee / Birth Lottery Wheel
5:00pm: Jaclyn Bowie + Erin Flinn
4:00pm - 8:00pm: Bill's Bald Beignets made fresh by Carrie Nickerson Gephart & Rachel Herrick 
5:30pm: Gabrielle Duggan performs songs with drums 
6:30pm: Neill Prewitt performs “Don't Grow Up To Be an Angry White Man”
8:00pm: Loop Reel - a performance by Mike Geary and Ginger Wagg
9:00pm: Alex Swing + Mike Geary play improvised electronic music that draws from dance and industrial tropes, yet uses free compositional techniques to re-contextualize the fundamental body of the sound sources.

Thursday, February 2nd 
7:00pm: The Poetry Fox
7:00pm: UNCG Art Truck presents
8:00pm: Amanda Barr & Ginger Wagg collaboration

Friday, February 3rd 
8:00pm: Gabrielle Duggan 
9:00pm: Chris Vitiello - Whisper Coffin performance 
6:00 - 9:00pm: UNCG Art Truck presents Precious Lovell

Saturday, February 4th 
3:00pm - 7:00pm: Ginger Wagg & Wild Actions present the first exploration of Wanna Feel the Heat, a new long-format live movement and music work. Mover – Ginger Wagg, Horns – Crowmeat Bob, Drums – Charles Chace Over the course of four hours the audience is invited to interact and direct the performers, essentially creating the performance structure in real time. The audience can choose which instrument or sound score is played, what objects are used or not, what space the performers occupy, and the option to join in and move whenever and however they want. There will be a rule or two for public safety but other than that it will be a (wink, wink) open canvas.

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