guns & ammo : an animation

i created this video originally for a performance artist’s one-woman show in 2007. the animated gun motif is one that i’ve used since 2006. it is a potent symbol for violation of will and defense of same, this hand-held machine used only to maim or kill others.

i revisited it today because someone in my town shot and killed three police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call. Wrote an essay about the nesting boxes of powerlessness regarding domestic violence for The New Yinzer. I used the animation for an illustration.

You can read the essay here

as i wrote when i posted this animation to youtube …

what a lethal illusion, the allure of the gun & its ammunition. today some people in my town spent a lot of ammunition at each other. some of them died. i get extremely frustrated by our culture’s inability to deal with our incivility in any other way than with violence.

so i make animations. isn’t it beautiful, this illusion that a gun or some immediate violence (pull that trigger!) will solve those problems for you?

but they don’t. it just keeps going.

using the weapons of destruction to create instead

John Whitney created the Catalog 1961 animation reel using a WWII anti-aircraft gunsight. He reconfigured it to be an animation-creation machine …

from youTube : John Whitney’s demo reel of work created with his analog computer/film camera magic machine he built from a WWII anti-aircraft gun sight. Also Whitney and the techniques he developed with this machine were what inspired Douglas Trumbull (special fx wizard) to use the slit scan technique on 2001: A Space Odyssey

RE : memory 2

This work of art coils through so many important ideas for me.

I’ve written an essay for the current issue of the New Yinzer – my videodrome column – about video as memory, the language of gesture, the i-thou relationship … There’s also video there, clips from the live feed of the piece that were captured from inside the work of art.

micronarrative droplets at the slumber party film festival

I’m in Braddock, where I’ve dropped off 7 micronarratives to the curator of an overnight screening. I had some long arguments with compressor to get the video out of final cut, after quite a long day at work (and another tomorrow…) exhaustion! feh. Slumber Party Screening looks like it’s going to be awesome, however. Wish I could stay.

Curated by Josh Tonies and Matt Wellins as part of the Matchwood Festival. Its an overnight screening. My minute-long micronarratives are going to be sprinkled through the night, breaking up the “ordinary screening”.

Note to self: Cobra Woman is worthy of finding, for a B-movie night of tecnicolor gloriousness. The youTube embed is a sample.

interview with john lennon, animated

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

the HAND BOOK in Mobilivre

Received this email today. Happy to announce that my book, The Hand Book, will be on view in the Mobilivre Bookmobile this year.


April 20, 2005

*Dear Bookmobile Exhibitor,

*Thank you so much for contributing to the 2005 *projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project*! Your book(s) have been selected by an independent jury to travel throughout the United States and Canada from May through October! The collection will be seen by countless visitors at schools, community centers, libraries, galleries, and more. We are thrilled to travel with your work!

If you decided to donate your book to Artexte, it will be archived in the artist book resource center in Montréal, alongside the rest of the 2005 *projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project* touring collection. If you indicated on your submisison form that you did not wish to donate your book and have included return postage, we will return your book to you by the end of 2005.

The *BOOKMOBILE* will be travelling to many destinations this year. If we’re coming to a town near you, come on by! We look forward to meeting you.

Again, thank you for submitting your work to the *BOOKMOBILE*. Our collection depends on you!

See you on the road,

*the BOOKMOBILE collective*