Urban Video Project: Dani Leventhal: Platonic
September 12, 2013 - October 26, 2013
This special cut of Platonic is the work of Urban Video Project (UVP) artist-in-residence, Dani Leventhal. In Platonic, geometric specters twirl in space; pet cats foam at the mouth; a little boy mistakes his junkie dad for a superhero; and a confused adolescent worries he has sired a centaur. “Platonic” references both the ancient philosopher’s metaphysics of ideal Forms, which simultaneously exist outside our perceptions and yet give rise to them, and the related meaning in the common parlance of non-romantic love. Leventhal trains her searching lens on the distance separating bodies, moments, and perspectives. The result is a study in the awkward gaps between appearance and reality, seeing and understanding, desire and its object. The “uncut” version of Platonic will premiere at the New York Film Festival this October.
Urban Video Project (UVP) is a multimedia public art initiative of Light Work and Syracuse University in partnership with the Everson Museum of Art and part of the Connective Corridor.