Sigrid Codicil

HD Video - 2014 - 11:30 min “Sigrid Codicil” functions as an exit for a character central to three of Yemenwed’s earliest projects. As the character is retired, her role in the group’s future projects is left in a questionary state.  The production of a video transforms this dilemna into a document. Working with templates found in daytime television and social media, Sigrid is accompanied by a personal drone documenting and broadcasting her every movement. Sigrid's destiny concludes with a sunset walk to her burial site at a beach cafe. She is eulogized by a burning ice block (a central character in several Yemenwed works), who thanks her for her contributions to the artistic output of the group. “Sigrid Codicil” addresses the aspects of a transitionary artwork and what that means to a particular group of artists’ output as a whole. Yemenwed was founded in 2006 in New York City. They create collaborative works, which synthesize the artistic focus of the varying members. Yemenwed’s work often explores a detached reality; a hyper re-clarification of the present moment, which frequently results in the visual shifting of peripheral experiences to the foreground. Mundane movement, tangential objects and domestic abstractions are theatrically rearranged to be viewed as central, and with increased detail. The group maintains an active interest in the vocabulary of mainstream popular culture, and its conventions, as well as entertainment value, and notions of beauty. Yemenwed has participated in exhibitions and performances at MOMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Tate Modern, MOCA, Palais de Tokyo, Perez Art Museum Miami, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA:10, Performa 09 and the Hessel Museum of Art.