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Gregg Biermann’s Material Excess 02/19/2004 sfc_event_image2
Thursday, February 19, 2004

@ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Gregg Biermann’s Material Excess

Gregg Biermann’s feature-length digital video Material Excess uses supermarket coupons, catalogs, flyers and advertising inserts to pierce through the glossy surface of all manner of printed matter and find a frenetic and visceral currency of cultural excess. Borrowing its three-part structure from Dante’s The Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise), the mesmerizing pastiche of Material Excess presents a troubling and fascinating odyssey through the bubbling cauldron of modern commercialism. Steve Bartoo writes, “Material Excess isn’t exactly a rejection of materialism… It’s a difficult, frequently funny, and ultimately humane discourse on humanity’s primary intellectual activity.” (Scott Stark)