A world ruled by structures and systems where performance is key, optimisation forms a constant preoccupation and gamification is used as a means to drive up participation… All these properties defining society today were first explored by Ericka Beckman in her films in the early 1980s, long before the introduction of social media and virtual interaction.
At M, Ericka Beckman presents her first 16 mm film 'You The Better' (1983) within a fully immersive environment, and her new film 'Reach Capacity' (2020), shown in world premiere. The two works share societal concerns and the use of game as a structuring device, prompting the question, can one ever outwit a dominating system?
Curator: Valerie Verhack
With the support of Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles)
This exhibition will travel on to Kestner Gesellschaft (Hannover), where it will be presented from 25.06.21 until 12.09.21.
In order to further limit the spread of the coronavirus there will be no physical opening event. Instead, there will be an artist talk with Ericka Beckman, live from New York, on Thursday evening 15.10.
During this livestream, curator Valerie Verhack and artist Ericka Beckman will discuss the new exhibition in M and Beckman’s latest film ‘Reach Capacity’.
Ericka Beckman (°1951, New York) lives and works in New York City and Boston. The artist attended the California Institute of the Arts (MFA, 1976), collaborating with peers such as Mike Kelley. Recent solo shows include Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse at MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2019), and Ericka Beckman. Game Mechanics at Secession (Vienna, 2017). Over her three-decade career, Beckman has participated in numerous group exhibitions, amongst which the groundbreaking 2009 show The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 at The Met (New York). Her work can be found in many public and private collections, including The Met (New York), MoMA (New York) and Centre Pompidou (Paris). Ericka Beckman is represented by Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles).