The Consummate

Stylephile

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on May 3, 2008

Lauren Matic agreed to participate in my final project. She gave me clips and clips and clips from her visits to Afghanistan and Darfur. Reviewing them for footage wasn’t the easiest thing to do. At one point I just had to detach myself from them completely.

I wrote the script to Stylephile with a little shame. I don’t have a tv but drew from the “style” shows I’ve seen in the past. Most recently of the grammy awards while dining with a friend who recently developed a human rights video game. We were floored at the content of the show at the time. And like a car accident, couldn’t bring ourselves from staring. I used this experience as inspiration along with the downtown ny culture or lack there of that I am all too familiar with.

The shoot was like Murphy’s Law. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The location had to be changed, to my apartment. The make up artist flaked out (who was written in to the script). The back drop wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do. My cameraman was hungover. I was soooo tired from not sleeping because of the anxiety.

Nevertheless, we pulled it off. 6 hours of shooting was exhausting. The sound quality isn’t ideal and unfortunately, I don’t know pro tools (note to self to learn this). I am obsessed with getting better at visual composure. I wasn’t behind the camera this time but set up the frame which looked pretty good. Lauren, being a consummate professional, looked and acted amazingly. I put on my best BS face and hell, we were good to go.

The editing process was lengthy and the final version was about 8 minutes long. Thankfully I ran into Traci from class who suggested pulling much of the content for consistency and timing. Here is the final project.

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Marian Newman – Show Studio – Political Fashion

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 13, 2008

Check out this interesting piece from Marian Newman.

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Lauren Matic

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 10, 2008

I met Lauren Matic recently. She is incredible. She’s an engineer turned journalist and field producer who has covered and reported from all over the world.

Check her out on her website.

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My Country

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 2, 2008
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Vito Acconci + Laura Parnes

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on March 5, 2008

Vito Acconci. Fucking brilliant. Fucking over rated. I didn’t fucking think of it. I dig it.
Some of Vito’s work:

We’re gearing up to do a two channel piece. The class met at Participant Gallery on Houston. This place was pretty awesome. I loved most of the work. Laura Parnes, our instructor, had a 2 channel piece. One channel was footage of a family relaxing on rolling hills in the country, the other channel featured footage from animals in the wild hunting and being hunted. Personally, I’m interested in the human experience being so far from its nature. We are so out of tune from everything. I felt like this piece was commenting on that.

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Life On Screen

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 27, 2008

Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle reminds me of something I read waaaay back in undergrad. Sherry Turkle’s Life on Screen.

We screened our 3 minute film, it was well received although seeing others’ I wish we’d been a little more brave with our performances. I guess you live and learn.

Check out Omer Fast, who I am sooo into:

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Society of the Spectacle

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 22, 2008
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3 Min Performance Piece

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 12, 2008

karaoke baby

I teamed up with Traci Gushiken for the first assignment. It’s a 3 minute performance piece. Please note, we are not performance artists. So what the hell do we do?

We decided to do something simple and obvious – KARAOKE!!! Karaoke, the ultimate performance for the regular citizen. We met up on a Saturday early evening for drinks at Niagra for their 2 for 1 Happy Hour special. Luckily, it was the pre-douche bag bridge and tunnel hour so we were drinking with natives and neighborhoodies. After throwing back a few vodka sodas we went down the block to Sing Sing.

sing sing

Thankfully Sing Sing has private booths so we we set up shop with the Panasonic 3 chip. We sang our hearts out for a couple of hours. Everything from Blondie’s Call Me to Biz Markie’s Just a Friend.

During the editing process we decided to combine songs in order to make new songs, used a lot of looping techniques. It was sort of annoying as is karaoke.

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Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 5, 2008

Had to read Martha Rosler for class. The piece reads like a dissertation, challenging the ideas in popular media as well as the avant guard. She slams curator’s, unafraid like so many artists to point out their lack of courage when choosing work to exhibit. Rosler’s pretty incredible. Check out this video below.

Introduction to Experimental Video

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on January 28, 2008

Had my first Experimental Video class with Laura Parnes this week. We watched different pieces from artists like Kristin Lucas and the above artist Momoyo Torimitsu. Suuuupppper into it. The potential is infinite with experimental video.

First assignment is a 3 min performance piece.