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Adaptation: Video Installations by Ben-Ner, Herrera, Sullivan, and Sussman & The Rufus Corporation is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art. This exhibition is supported by the Office of the Provost and the Arts Council, University of Chicago, the Feitler Family Fund, Larry and Marilyn Fields, Susan and Lewis Manilow, Dirk Denison, and the members and friends of the Smart Museum.

The Smart Museum’s 2007–2008 general operating funds have been provided in part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Museum’s exhibitions and related programs are generously supported by the Smart Family Foundation; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Alsdorf Foundation; Tom and Janis McCormick; Nuveen Investments; the Eloise W. Martin Fund; the Office of the Provost and the Visiting Committee on the Visual Arts, University of Chicago; and the members and friends of the Smart Museum. Education programs are supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation.


The online publication is designed by JNL Design, produced for the web by Neoteric Design, and hosted by the Division of Humanities, University of Chicago. Stephanie Smith conceived and developed content in collaboration with Melissa Holbert, C. J. Lind, and Jessica Moss. Special thanks to Arno Bosse, Nicholas Gracilla, Travis Mandrell, Jason Pickleman, and Amy Teschner.

Practicum on Adaptation Course

Thanks to Catherine Sullivan for taking up the challenge to create a course in tandem with this exhibition, and to University of Chicago students Emmalyn Gennis, Laura Heldt, Daniel Huddle, Natasha Long, Joseph Miller, Jason Pallas, Jeremy Pelt, Casey Smallwood, and Clay Smith for forming the new collective ARTV 24103 and creating a new work for this exhibition.

Education and Public Programs

Collaborative programming partners include: the Snow City Arts Foundation; Gage Park High School; Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago; Court Theatre, the Creative Writing Program, DOC Films, and the Open Practice Committee of the Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago. Special thanks to Tania Bruegera, Zach Cahill, Dawn Helsing, Julia Klein, Matthew Jackson, Charles Newell, Kyle A. Westphal, Sadia Uqaili, and Lorelei Stewart.

Artists’ Projects

Moby Dick
Directed by Guy Ben-Ner
Camera: Miki Israel, Guy Ben-Ner
Lighting: Eliran Knoler
Production: Einat Hazan
Props: Dvora Tubias
Script girl: Ayala Israel
Editors: Boaz Arad, Doron Solomons
With: Elia, Amir, Guy and Nava Ben-Ner, Boaz Arad, Eliran Knoler, Raam Don

Wild Boy
Directed by Guy Ben-Ner
Sound: Mariano Weinstein
With: Elia, Amir, and Guy Ben-Ner

Wild Boy was produced with the assistance of the Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; with the support of the Israeli Film Council.

Les Noces
Directed by Arturo Herrera
Software design and programming: Tarik Schirmer
Technical Consultant: Manuel Miseur

Les Noces was produced with assistance from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Triangle of Need
Directed by Catherine Sullivan
Executive Producer: Catherine Bastide
First Assistant Director: Ben Kolak
Second Assistant Director: Ben Hadden
Composer: Sean Griffin
Choreographer: Dylan Skybrook
Guest Director: Kunle Afolayan
Assistant to Mr. Afolayan & Script Supervisor: Abiodun Oyelela Aleja
Cinematographer: Raoul Germain Jr.
Steadicam Operator: BJ McDonnell
First Assistant Camera: Keith Pokorski
Second Assistant Camera: Brian Sowell
Gaffer: Andrew Cook
Talent Coordinator: Christopher Perez
Line Producer: Ben Kolak
Costume Designer: Janice Pytel
Assistant Costume Designer & Crafts Artisan: Pamela Meiners
Stichers: Nicole Falene Krauss, Erica Freisen, Pamela Meiners, Mele Ortiz
Makeup Designer: Zsofia Otvos
Assistant Makeup: Jillian Erickson

Miami Crew:
Sound Recordist: Jaimito Valencia
Boom Operator: Juan Felipe Valencia
Assistant Sound Recordist: Jack Seemer
Key Grip: Fred Schwartz
Grips: Zoot Byrne, Kelly Cowan, Mike Culiner, Stephanie Power, David Swift
Hair: Teresa Morgan, Christine Bowers
Wardrobe Supervisor: Louise Powell
Wardobe Maintenance: Colleen Harris
Art Director: Sage Reed
Art Handler: Mark Bynon
Armorer: Boland Production Supply
Antique Camera courtesy of Robert Holmes
Production Assistant: Sean Tice
Production Assistant: Will Slocombe
Camera: Cinevideotech
Accommodations: The Four Ambassadors Suites Hotel

Chicago Apartment Crew:
Sound Recordist: James Cargill
Boom Operator: Sorin Nitzoy
Electrician: Bill Lungren
Grip: William E. Coleman III, Jeremy Long, Kevin Pittman, Silas Tyler
Assistant to the Costume Designer: Mele Ortiz
Draper: Greg Slawko
Key Hair: Anne Richardson
Hair Assistant: Troy Morris
Set Dresser: Rae Deslich
Parrot Wrangler: Richard Swetner
Production Assistant: Rachel Wolther
Camera: SMS Productions
Lens: MPS, Inc.

Chicago Ice Arena Crew:
Grip: Alex Mackenzie
Production Assistanta: Manol Georgieff, Clay Smith
Lights: Product Productions

Miami Kunle Afolayan Crew:
Steadicam: Rick Tiedemann
First Assistant Camera: Brett Frey
Super 8mm Cinematography: Ben Hadden, Ben Kolak, Sean Tice

Post Production:
Super 8mm Film Developing: Greg Miller, Film Rescue Lab, Indian Head, SK
Discontinued super 8mm film stock: Olexandr Kalynychenko & George Patoulidis
Super 8mm HD transfer: Color Lab, Rockville, MD

16mm HD transfer, color, and online:
Nolo Digital Film, Chicago
Producer: Joe Flanagan
Colorist: Mike Mitusek
Engineer: Boris Seagraves
Subtitles: Graham Ballou & Eve Weinberg

Music by Sean Griffin in collaboration with Susan Rawcliffe, Hans Fjellestad, and Andrew Infanti
Assistant Researcher & Production Assistant: Allison Johnson
Flutes: Susan Rawcliffe
Electronics: Hans Fjellestad
Piano, celesta: Andrew Infanti
Vocals: Carolyn Shoemaker, Juliana Snapper, Justin Jones, and cast

Japanese Sunset by Jesse Deppens

International Phonetic Alphabet transcription by Steven Jacks

Sound Engineers:
Final Mix: James Cargill
Jonathan Schenke at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago
John Baffa and Jake Smith at TV Tray Recording Studio, Simi Valley, California

Andrew Cook, The Vizcaya Museum Staff, Ken Whiting, Gina Wouters, Jane Maupin Bynon, Stefania Van Dyke, Destiny Pierce, Laurie Ossman, Remko Jansonius, Joel Hoffman, Frank DiCristina Jr. and the staff of Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood, IL, Kirsten Johnson, Thomas Frampton & Michael Youree

Triangle of Need was co-commissioned by A Foundation, Liverpool; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. A Foundation’s commission is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Contemporary Arts Project is supported by the Danielson Foundation. Catherine Sullivan’s artist residency at the Walker Art Center was made possible by generous support from the Nimoy Foundation.

Additional support was provided by Cisneros Foundation, Miami; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York.

The Rape of the Sabine Women
Directed by Eve Sussman
Original Score: Jonathan Bepler
Choreography: Claudia de Serpa Soares
Costumes: Karen Young
Director of Photography: Sergei Franklin
Dramaturg: Ricoh Gerbl
Edit: Kevin Messman, Eve Sussman
Executive Producer: Eve Sussman
Producers: Catherine Mahoney-New York, Ioannis Savvidis-Athens, Wassili Zygouris-Berlin
Associate Producers: Joel Beck, Christian Viveros-Faune
Independent Producer: Cheryl Kaplan
Cast: Popi Alkouli-Troianou, Fergus Baumann, Kostas Beveratos, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Marilisa Chronea, Stergios Ioannou, Grayson Millwood, Katarina Oikonomopoulou, Helen Pickett, Annette Previti, Rosa Prodromou, Walter Sipser, Antonis Spinoulas, Christos Syrmakezis, Sotiris Tsakomidis, Jeff Wood, Sofie Zamchick, Zack Zamchick
Special Guests: Themis Bazaka, Savina Yannatou
Musicians: Geoff Gersh, Eric Hubel, Algis Antanas Kizys, Scott Moore, Bradford Reed, Cräg Rodriguez
Lighting Director: Evin Lowe
1st AC: Tony Ponti
1st AD: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos, Tonia Budelmann
2nd AD: Kostas Levantis, Dimitris Prifitis, Yvonne Miehlke
2nd AC: Georgios Metaxas, Moritz Jesch
Production Coordinators: Vassiliki Kyriakou, Simon Lee, Tobias Brand
Location Sound: Daniel Teige
Audio Technicians: Florian Kühnle, Markus Stemler
2nd Camera: Angela Christlieb, Eve Sussman, Jeff Blauvelt
Still Photography: Bobby Neel Adams, Ricoh Gerbl, Benedikt Partenheimer
Gaffers: Babis Kalntermitzis, Sven Klages
Technical Consultant: Georg Bugiel
Grips: Nektarios Souldakis, Jacob Wehrmann, Heiko Matting, Tom Witt, Fabian Friedrich
Costume Assitants: Chandi Lancaster, Maria Voikou, Maria Kokkini, Tanja Schuh
Hair & Make Up: Stella Soulele, Ioanna Marmataki, Inessa Guenter, Christiane Bucholz, Katharina Thieme, Martin Rink, Aylin Özbay
Props: Felicity Good, Danny Burke
Carpentry/Set Design: Daniel Doemer, Stefan Seidel, Ioannis Savvidis

The Rape of the Sabine Women is a Rufus Corporation production generously funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds-Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof-Berlin, the J F Costopoulos Foundation-Athens, Richard Massey, Ninah and Michael Lynne and Roebling Hall Gallery-New York. Additional CoProduction support has been provided by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Arario Gallery-Seoul, Korea, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Smart Museum of Art–University of Chicago. Corporate sponsorship has been provided by Panavision-London, HD Cinema, Ordino Casting Services-Greece, Microtech Gefell-Germany, Apple Computer Inc, DuArt Film & Video, LaCie USA, Sony Professional Media, Dreamhire LLC., Panasonic, Tekserve, Coca-Cola-Hellenic Bottling Company, Merc Clothing-London and MAC Cosmetics.