look to the future-past is an online exhibition on is this it? bringing together contemporary videos that make reference back to video art and experimental film of the past. Over the course of the week, these videos will be revealed to you in ones and twos, culminating in an hour-long compilation of the whole. Structural film, video feedback, collage…Brakhage, Jarman, Rosler, Paik, the Vasulkas…Styles, techniques, and hallowed names to deconstruct, update, and upend. Abstraction and ambience reign supreme in this collection of works, though the drama of the everyday too shines through.
Day 1 – September 1st
Ben Redmond – “Dream-Seconds”
A moving-image collage. “Dream-Seconds” is inspired by Joseph Cornell’s “Rose Hobart” (1936). The source material was two random VHS tapes [Twister (1996) / Reader’s Digest: Nature’s Symphony (1991)] found in a local thrift store, manually manipulated in post production. “The piece, beautiful and haunting”, by the nature of its process, asks us to consider what we keep, discard, and re-purpose as aesthetic material,” writes Warren Cockerham.
Day 2 – September 2nd
Matthew Duhamel – “15”
Shannon Cochrane, Irina Contreras, Bug Davidson – “Semiotics of the (Mexican) Kitchen”
Day 3 – September 3rd
Elia Vargas – “grass wool signal scan: an adaptation of NZ is Terrible”
Karl Erickson – “Life Can Be Difficult”
Day 4 – September 4th
Dean Winkler, Maureen Nappi, Donald S. Butler – “140 Characters”
Joseph Bernard – “SPLICES FOR SHARTIS”
Day 5 – September 5th
Alan Goodrich – “From That House in the Glen”
Theadora Walsh – “Alphabet Poems”
Day 6 – September 6th
Polina Khatsenka, Jan Krombholz – “way back to The Kitchen – 2016”
A. P. Vague – “Inkjet Music Erased #1”
Day 7 – September 7th
Kit Young – “Your Cage is Ready”
Perry Bard – “Mothlight Distributed”
Day 8 – September 8th
Carl Abrahamsson – “SUB UMBRA ALARUM LUNA” (excerpt)
Release of Vimeo compilation of all works
Marilyn Roxie is a video artist and experimental photographer, exploring queer genders and sexualities, especially androgyny and male submission, through the lenses of abstraction and found image. They’re currently working to form a collective for resources and events pertaining to experimental film called VIDEO HOOK-UPS; stay-tuned.
They’ve previously curated a video show of student films at San Francisco State University at Artists’ Television Access and a compilation of videos exploring the themes of experimentation in gender and sexuality for the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco.
The film project at Manchester Metropolitan University for their post-graduate filmmaking program is set to focus on chronicling the lives and performances of LGBTQ musicians in Northern England. They’re a recent graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Studio Art, emphasizing in Digital Media and Emerging Technologies and minoring in Sexuality Studies.
Also the founder of Creative Commons netlabel Vulpiano Records, and a non-binary advocate.
About the artists:
Ben Redmond is a Harlem-based multi-media artist, DJ, & writer. He tries to make poems from things other than words. Ben is an alumnus of Bennington College.
Matthew Duhamel is a writer, game developer, and animator who lives and works full-time out of his blue van.
Shannon Cochrane, Irina Contreras, Bug Davidson
Irina Contreras is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist and writer. Irina’s art practice examines personal reflections and origins of collective memory. Recent projects explore speculative origins of collective memory and audience inspired by security culture, social media and political histories. Irina is the founder of the 12 year-old project, The Miracle Bookmobile and have performed and screened their videos and projects at the A+D Gallery in Chicago, Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles, the Ghetto Biennial in Port Au Prince, Haiti, The Lab in San Francisco, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics in NYC, Entzaubert in Berlin and other venues. Additionally, Irina has worked for fifteen years at the intersections of the arts, public education and pedagogy within institutional and community based platforms. Irina has pursued these interests alongside their lifelong dedication to social and restorative justice practices. Currently, Irina is preparing for their project for Pacific Standard Time’s, LA/LA: A Celebration Beyond Borders.
Shannon Cochrane is a performance artist based in Toronto, Canada. She is the current Artistic + Administrative Director of FADO Performance Art Centre and is a founding member, co-organizer and co-curator of the 7a-11d International Festival of Performance Art. Shannon’s performance work has been presented in over 18 countries in North and South America, Europe, UK, and Asia.
Bug Davidson is a motion image artist and film director interested in communicating through visual language intersections of media & representation, social corporeal choreography, acousmata & action, and the enchantment of cinematic gesture.
Elia Vargas is an Oakland based artist and curator. He is co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly salon on new media art and digital culture; half of improvisational modular synthesis duo systemritual; board member of Mediate Art Group; and a PhD student in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently investigating the materiality of crude oil and media transmission in relationship to human time scales, temporalities, and flows.
I am an artist using video and other moving image media. I am particularly interested in systems of belief, science fiction and environmentalism.
Dean Winkler, Maureen Nappi, Donald S. Butler
Dean Winkler is a film/television engineer and video artist. An early adopter of analog video synthesizers, he’s built video editing hardware, post production facilities and immersive environments.
Dr. Maureen Nappi is an artist and educator who works in advanced technology creating still and moving imagery. She is the head of Media Studies and a professor of Media Studies + CGI at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
Donald S. Butler is a painter, computer animator and video artist. His career spans stage, screen and print. He has worked as a digital animator and digital compositor across the world including at Post Perfect in New York City and Industrial Light and Magic in California.
Hartford Art School BFA, SAIC MFA 100+ S-8, silent films>40 on Blu-ray: PRISMATIC MUSIC disc.
I have no project. I am a filter that condenses and shapes the signals of world and time. What interests me is the poetry in the most mundane, the sublime and fantastic on your doorstep. I like jokes and the absurd. I like to watch the weather.
Theadora Walsh is a writer and a video artist doing an MFA in Digital Writing at Brown University. Work has been published in Inpatient Press, Entropy Magazine, The Electronic Book Review, Apogee and others.
New media artist, born in Belarus, studying art in Czech Republic. Works mainly with video, site-specific installations and sound.
Post-conceptual artist from Czech Republic. Works in wide range of media from oil painting through video to site-specific audio installations.
A. P. Vague
A. P. Vague is an American multimedia artist whose work focuses on technology, communications, and international exchange.
I am an artist producing video embedded sculpture, video art, and performance art. Recently I have been building video art systems that are flexible enough to be played in an improvisational way. I have been performing collaboratively with other sound and visual artists at venues that host expanded cinema events. I also do live sessions in my studio that result in pieces like this entry.
Perry Bard is a Canadian artist living in New York. She works individually and collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects for public space.
I’m a Swedish freelance writer specialising in material about the arts & entertainment, esoteric history, occulture and portraits for the international market. I also lecture on all of the mentioned subjects at art schools, universities, events, symposia and conferences. I also work as a consultant in regard to text editing and printed matter for publishing companies, magazines and record labels. I also work with filmmaking, in publishing, photography and music.