Friday the 13 : i.thou [ final cut ] online release

Aloha! It’s Friday the 13th! Just 13 weeks remain in 2017. I’m releasing my vaguely illegal, dangerous, feminist film online today.

Welcome to the house of illusion. Our images of each other can make prisons. Open a side door into the collective unconscious. Nothing is as it seems, is it. . .

i.thou - still

i.thou, final cut (still) – 2008-2013

I built i.thou [ final cut ] over a five year period, wrapping it up in December of 2013. David Finkelstein reviewed this work at FilmThreat before that site disappeared. He describes the work by writing ““i.thou” doesn’t exactly tell a story, but it distills the atmosphere of dozens of stories drawn from films, generally stories where a woman is trapped in the (male dominated) institution of a mental hospital, a lab, or a prison, where she struggles equally against her captors and her own, internalized sense of being “sick” or “wrong.” ”

As you watch the coda consider the stories nested into the entire work – each female character re-presented here [ Beatrix/The Bride, Nikita, Dorothy (audio only), Ripley, Kieslowski’s Julie from Blue & more ] were created by male directors who proceeded to “put them through it”, for our entertainment. Ripley destroys the nursery in which she was made [ Alien: Resurrection ] – –

I have been told that the work is “too much” – too long / the wrong length to screen in festivals. The repurposed content too big of a risk for copyright liability [ even as Richard Prince & Girl Talk take that strategy all the way to the bank ]. Too experimental [ we figured out datamoshing in the ‘oughts – this is new media, right? new forms! ]

The work presents a ‘dead girl’ in a shot extended from her original 45 seconds of screen time to several minutes. Remember, the dead girl is not a character, but the memory of her become the character. Media makes memory for us these days. This work fits somewhere in both the preceding statements.

Wear headphones for best viewing experience!

viewing notes :
– the work has three movements and a coda; visual and loops are used/considered symphonically as classical music would, in motifs
– there are ‘pauses’ in the film where the screen goes completely black, between movements
– the opening of the third movement includes complete silence
– all melting, artefacting, ‘failed video’ looks are intentional

I would love to hear your thoughts about i.thou [ final cut ]. Rose McGowan and many other women were sacrificed on the altar of this form, filmed entertainment. That is a part of this, too.

Thanks for being here. All of this madness is a part of all of us. With this art we visit it for a few minutes, and then put it down.

Jessica

glitch [ america’s brokenness ] // data painting [ motel black ]

My ‘data painting’ works are short meditations intended to capture a particular mood or moment. This work, created between October and December of 2015, evolves from my witnessing and considering the public struggle of the American people. We remember. There are significant gaps between objective ideals claimed by the United States of America and the behavior and policies of its agents.

No single work of art can lay claim to all of this space. It can open a side door into talking about what we don’t talk about. [ motel black : 1:15 sample here ] That shadow, whatever it is so many white men and women of generation X are shooting up to avoid talking about. The powerlessness we have witnessing the lynching of Black citizens by agents of the state. The poisoned water supply of one of our cities. It is so much, too much.

Datamosh and artefacting open a hallucinatory, a dreamspace, point to the abrupt discontinuity between the state’s professed ideals and its agents’ behaved reality. Citizens struggle to discover / create / dig up a justice [ the badge discovered by the woman digging with her hands ] claimed by the state in its constitution, while past and present acts of the state directly contradict those ideals [ the human bones discovered alongside that badge by the woman ].

A percussive soundtrack carries the viewer through the dream-journey. Colors and stars indirectly evoke the American flag . . .

animating the tarot trumps [ processing ]

My colleague Christian Kriegeskotte composed a set of piano pieces that are, for the lack of a better word, portraits of the Tarot Trumps. He funded recording this work, ably performed by pianist Eric Clark, via Kickstarter.

I have at various times incorporated imagery or made creative process decisions with Tarot cards in mind. I have not, however, explicitly worked with this material.

Since Tarot is, for me, a living set of principals, it made sense to put ‘image into motion’. I’m abstracting the forms that so often get reduced to cartoon-like images. Color choices are inspired by the same Tarot deck Christian used for his inspiration; as the project moves forward, color will gain its own closed system of internal reference. Movement and form are relative to individual cards’ meanings and mutual relationships in the system.

I’m using Processing to code these animations, capturing them to video and then editing them further in Final Cut Pro X. Its a fun puzzle, using complicated tools to work very simply. I’m enjoying this process a great deal!

Videos :
0 Le Fou
I Le Bateleur
II La Papesse
III L’Imperatrice
IV L’Empereur
V Le Pape

 

Project stills : at my flickr

Purchase the music here: argentowl.bandcamp.com/album/le-mat-xxii-arcana

Gogol’s Overcoat: The Gravedigger’s Meditation [ view online through 2/28 ]

 

 

The Gravediggers Meditation-HD 720p 1750

untitled video still : the gravedigger’s meditation

 

An experiment in audience relationships, exhibitions, intimacy, the internet – – I’m streaming The Gravedigger’s Meditation at station-number-six.com through Feb. 28. After that, it disappears into the land of ‘password protected screener’ as I work to get it shown elsewhere.

Vladimir Nabokov said of Gogol: “When, as in the immortal The Overcoat, he really let himself go and pottered on the brink of his private abyss, he became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced.” Gogol’s story of a poor, quiet copyist who finagles a new overcoat in the bitterest of Russian winters. Then, the coat is stolen; what was a blessing becomes a disaster.

This animation – – yes, I did steal images of overcoats from the internet in order to make it … The piece is also a meditation on the relationship of copying, language-as-object, record-keeping, and technology to a community’s memory. There may be a wink at the commodification of appearances but you know, the first rule of capitalist materialism is you don’t talk about how it works.

Animation frankensteined together in Adobe AfterEffects from parts created with QT7, Processing, and Quartz Composer. Audio created & mixed in Apple Logic, better with headphones.

 

[ ungun (2013) ] animation : director’s statement

I live in an American city where fear of being shot is considered reasonable. I began breaking stolen digital images of guns in late 2012, after the handgun violence victim count in Chicago, IL was 14 people in one weekend.

I went online, and found, stole, and glitch-sabotaged digital images of guns. 5,000+ glitched images of handguns became this six-and-a-half minute animated film, which I completed in February of 2013. I sampled audio from American movies in which guns have roles as important as human actors. Isn’t the sound of a gunshot speech?

A hypnotic, this experimental film presents the broken or decaying and reappearing handgun animation with audio snippets from American film. How do we reckon with our hand-held machine? How do we use it? What does it mean to us?

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screening history :

04.2013 : VIDEO>transcends [ stream ]

05.2013 : MAGMART VIII, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy [ screening ]

06.2103 : Audiovisioni Digitali/Scicli, Sicily, Italy [ installation ]

08.2013 : Videoholica : Varna, Bulgaria. [ screening ]

11.2013 : Three Rivers Film Festival, competitive shorts program : Pittsburgh, PA. [ screening ]

12.2013 : 8th International Streaming Festival. The Hague, Netherlands. [ stream ]

02-03.2014 : VIDEO>transcends. CUNY QCC Art Gallery, Queens, NY. [ stream ]

 

[ evidence ] y’all ready for .gifs // 2.1.2014

y'all ready for .gifs

y’all ready for .gifs

THREADS storefront installation

THREADS storefront installation

 

gif : but i can still remember those lips

gif : but i can still remember those lips

milwaukee avenue in logan square, 2.1.2014

milwaukee avenue in logan square, 2.1.2014

Exhibition of .gifs as storefront projection // Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Square, Chicago // storefront show of .gif art curated by Catalina Acosta-Carrizosa, Kyle Riley, and Brett Swinney for AnySquared // part of the 2d floor rear 24hours of art in Chicago // featuring work by Skip Hursh, Eric Fleischauer, Mathew Lucas, Scorpion Dagger, Laurene Boglio, Jessica Fenlon, and more . . .

I collected .gifs by other artists in the show at my tumblr.

i.thou : director’s statement [excerpt]

i.thou : caged bird

i.thou : caged bird

This film evolved from the process of codec alteration, commonly called ‘data moshing’. I saw Takeshi Murata’s work at the Hirschhorn in 2007. Already working in experimental video, I decided to figure out how to do that. A few youTube tutorials later, I started playing with data alterations on a variety of found, captured, and recorded videos. As I figured out the results I preferred – richer colors, slower transformations – I became really interested in moments where two people in a conversation ‘merge’, as in the closing image of the woman holding the man at gunpoint.
i.thou : blue faces

i.thou : blue faces

This kind of merging or collapsing of faces operates in the space of social dynamics of self and other. Martin Buber’s psychological philosophy describes how different people can see the world, based on their own personal development. In the ‘i-it’ dynamic, the self relates to others as objects or dolls, fixed images of some sort. In the ‘i-thou’ dynamic the self relates to other people as complex being with lives of their own. The term ‘sonder’ is also related to this.

I began thinking about the natural objectification that is at work inside the language of film. Constructing this film over a 5-year period was a long period of musing on the projected image, the archetypes that good films evoke through great image construction. Also, how the human mind constructs images or ideas, how our imaginations participate with the physical world to create reality.

i.thou : lets play telephone

i.thou : let’s play telephone

I’m looking forward to announcing exhibition / screening of the work.

Total running time : 38:29 // dolby surround // available in a variety of digital formats

artist statement : the ungun project

I’ve been making unguns. I steal pictures of guns and make something else with them. Yes I’m trafficking in stolen guns when I do this. Aesthetic vandalism. Wasn’t the Matrix trilogy founded on that image of ‘bullet time’, the old Native American ghost dance promise that we could stop bullets?

The act of aesthetic vandalism neuters the image of the gun. The images become ~ if they were actual objects, were they actually fired, they would misfire, fire into themselves, or not fire at all.

Humans can express a nourishing connection with each other using guns only by relinquishing them.

I started working with still images, which I ‘broke’ using databending techniques. Then I started making gifs.Then I decided to make a longer video, pushing the image into word-definition space. The dance of illusion, projection, metaphor. I sampled audio from popular entertainment that uses guns so much in their narratives that, as a friend once put it, the movie is really “gun goes on adventure, gun beats the bad guys, gun gets the girl, gun gets revenge” . . .

I’m witnessing illusions of “political ramifications of ideas about guns” shatter social relationships between otherwise reasonable people. Histrionic reactions to the object, in many directions, prevent people from having reasonable conversation. The object, and whether or not or how it is regulated, shatters our ability to discuss the thing sanely.

trigger quilt