PK Worryshop: Movie in a Bar Mirror

January 22 – March 14, 2015

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, PK Worryshop: Movie in a Bar Mirror underwent constant modifications; the features of this page provided accruing information on the Session’s developments and will continue to track the project’s progression beyond Recess’s walls.


In Session: January 22 – March 14, 2015
Songs from a Sad Bar Crawl: Feb. 12, 6-8pm
Mirroscope switches on: March 12, 6-8pm

About PK Worryshop: Movie in a Bar Mirror

On January 22, PK Worryshop will begin work on Movie in a Bar Mirror, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of their Session, PK Worryshop will explore the cinematic trope of the “sad bar” along with the historical use of private cinema viewing machines in such establishments.

PK Worryshop will use their Session to deconstruct the cinemascope into its component parts and reassemble them in skewed perspective. Through the use of projections and live and recorded sound, PK will transform the entirety of Recess into their own “cinematic sadness machine,” a Mirroscope into which visitors can step. The storefront of Recess will act as the screen of this Mirroscope viewing machine, turning the viewing inside out on itself.

Midway through their Session PK will lead a “sad bar crawl” through Soho using songs from sad bar scenes as waypoints.

The videos and film works that will be viewed on the Mirroscope will be produced within the space by PK Worryshop and collaborators over the course of their Session.

Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm


About the Artist

PK is a collaborative attempt founded in 2013 by Kaila Guilmet and Porter Diteman, whose Worryshop is based in various zones in the New York City metropolitan area. The drift of PK can be likened to the recurrent locating of a History that sits discretely beside the loud and well-spoken orator.


This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Download the press release for PK Worryshop.