In 2013, right after I left Apple, I made a 6.5 minute glitch animation called ungun. In it, I deconstruct the vocabulary of the object, using audio sampled from American movies to complement the breaking and reforming data-damaged handgun photos in the visuals. Even during the editing process, strangers responded to the imagery and content (I would edit in headphones at coffee shops). Now, curators keep choosing to show it!
This weekend and next, there are several opportunities to see ungun in person . . .
Pittsburgh, PA: SPACE gallery has been exhibiting UNLOADED [ curated by Susanne Slavic ] since February of this year. Friday, April 24 – tomorrow – is the closing party! See work by Mel Chin, Adrien Piper, and many more for the last time. If you’re lucky, you’ll see Vanessa German’s powerful poetry performance.
Link through to read the latest review from UNLOADED, featuring a reading of ungun.
Newark, NJ: Saturday, April 25, Index Art Center’s FILMIDEO 2015 international film festival (day 2) – ungun plays with work by other artists on the installation monitor for the duration of the exhibition.
Milwaukee, WI: Sunday May 1 ungun screens in the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival Program #5 on UW-Milwaukee’s campus.
Last but not least, ungun’s going to Portugal, to screen in FONLAND 2015. It’s safely tucked under the arm of the Italian curator who first chose to screen it in 2013.
I’m grateful, a little overwhelmed, and more grateful. The work doesn’t complete until it meets an audience, really –