Decipher: Digital Futures Exhibition, February 8th 2018

Decipher: Digital Futures Exhibition

Thursday, February 8 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

John Dalton Shed at Manchester School of Art

With Aseel Nasir Sai’d Bseso, Richard Evans, Jodie Guest, Michael Ives, Eliot Lee, Karolina Mabiki, Jarek Maciejowski, Simon Birnie Mcdonald, Hyun Woo Nam, Michael Orr, Fex Orumwense, Marilyn Roxie, Jamie Swift, and Marco Zanello.


I will be presenting my Twine game The Public Tarot, an interactive play of the classic images of the the 1909 Rider-Waite tarot illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith juxtaposed with the general public’s word associations with these images. An interface for drawing up a fortune gives the querent insight through generative visual-textual processes.

look to the future-past: curated by Marilyn Roxie 1st – 8th September

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.

The schedule:

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

Curator bio:

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.

You can see their work (and play) at VimeoInstagram, and Website.

About the artists:


Ben Redmond

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

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

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.


Karl Erickson

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.


Joseph Bernard

Hartford Art School BFA, SAIC MFA 100+ S-8, silent films>40 on Blu-ray: PRISMATIC MUSIC disc.


Alan Goodrich

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

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.


Polina Khatsenka

New media artist, born in Belarus, studying art in Czech Republic. Works mainly with video, site-specific installations and sound.


Jan Krombholz
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.


Kit Young

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

Perry Bard is a Canadian artist living in New York. She works individually and collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects for public space.


Carl Abrahamsson

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.

STABLE Release Party at The Hole in Oakland, 8/4/2017

Friday, August 4 at 7:30 PM – 12 AM
The Hole (ask for address)
Oakland, California 94607

STABLE is a new platform created to provide visibility for experimental, electronic, and mixed/nu-media artists in the bay area, in an attempt to foster experimentation, diversity, and development through action.

Please come join us on the 1st Friday of August, for the first installment of our serial show/zine/tape release!


Live streamed by Lower Grand Radio~

Contributing Artists:
Maya Songbird
Bored Lored
Of Curse
Stefen Lazer
Christian Schick
Claire Staples
Donald Hanson
Marilyn Roxie
Oberon Strong
Patrcia Ronsinson
Nick Barbeln
+++ more

Videography by Nicxnathan~

$5-10 suggested, NOTAFLOF


B4BEL4B Art Gallery: Elia Vargas – Lubricated Substrates 6/30 – 7/29

A recent internship involved assisting artist Elia Vargas with the preparation of Lubricated Substrates, an exhibition at B4BEL4B in Oakland. I helped to prepare designs for paper labels and 35mm slides, shown below, in addition to conducting research on oil production in Oakland and locating assets for 3D printing.

Tonight! @b4bel4b #crudeillumination #crudeoil #earthenergy #light

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Lubricated Substates is a solo exhibition with Elia Vargas featuring his expansive body of work investigating light as material, earth infrastructures, oil materialities, earth energies, and global transmissions. This culmination of his previous works and research will be presented alongside new works, including the US premiere of the video “Signal Works”.

More information here:

Just Experimenting: Video Art Exploring the Margins of Gender and Sexuality

Just Experimenting: Video Art Exploring Gender and Sexuality
Friday, June 9 at 8 PM – 9 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St,
San Francisco, CA

Doors at 7:30pm! $5 to $20 at the door – 100% of the proceeds go towards supporting the Center for Sex and Culture. NOTAFLOF.

Just Experimenting will be an hour-long program of video art and experimental film that concerns the topic of experimentation: non-traditional video or film techniques and genders and sexualities outside of the norm. What does “just experimenting” mean to you?

Showing works by:
Crystal Mason, Danica Uskert, Charles Lum and Todd Verow, Ceven Knowles, Clitoressa, Meehaun Glasper-Wade, Rick Clarke, Eden Mitsenmacher, Jet Caputo, Paula Levine, Marta Strazicic, oberon strong, and Rocket Ear.

About the curator: Marilyn Roxie is a digital video collage artist. Themes expressed in their art include androgyny, male submission, and queer subculture. Roxie currently lives and works in San Francisco. You can see their work at

Accessibility: The Center for Sex and Culture has a 32 inch wide front door with a slight incline. There is a bathroom that will accommodate heavy chairs (no support bars – forthcoming installation). Main room is on ground floor with a 6 foot ramp up to it. The back door ramp will handle up to 42 inches wide (requires someone to assist in opening door).

About the films:
Crystal Mason – “I Know My Soul”

This video touches on issues of identity building and self love through self knowledge. Using a poem by the Queer Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay.

Paula Levine – “Mirror, Mirror”

Shot in Venice California at Muscle Beach, this is a short vignette about viewing and being viewed.

Eden Mitsenmacher – “Couldn’t Dream Anywhere”

It seems our consciousness is fascinated by our own hands.
It makes sense, for aren’t they a symbol of our agency? That endlessly fragile agency, the sense of which is mostly constructed, almost dreamt up. Yet we’re searching for it relentlessly.
Hurtling through space like that, is restlessness any wonder?

Jet Caputo – “grassonskin”

a human individual utilizes a machine to express their relationship to earth and her entities

Ceven Knowles – “aqua regia”

A web cam artist contemplates his projected image over the internet to the vaporwave soundtrack of the Computer Afterlife album by Infinity Frequencies while simultaneously broadcasting to his public.

oberon strong – “ALL FALLS DOWN”

ALL FALLS DOWN presents a digital hell-loop centering around the idea of the trans antagonist coming to terms with the ideas of home, anxiety, intimacy, our inevitable death, longing, and the conversation between obsolete and current technologies.

Danica Uskert – “cocaine superstar/pop that box”

A multi-layered shibari-striptease performance art music video, heavy on the kink.

Rocket Ear – “Don’t Fuck With England”

A love story of words, whips, fries, and chips.

Marta Strazicic – “Masculine Fragility”

A man oppressed by social norms rethinks his masculinity in the heart of the oasis, finally breaking through his fragility.

Meehaun Glasper-Wade – “I Am”

This is a timeline documenting emotions and changes I have experienced thus far throughout my medical and spiritual transition from female to male.

Clitoressa (aka Christina Goestl) – “sexflexnetz”

An audiovisual extravaganza re-mix in celebration of the infamous project, 1997-2006, – ‘A positive guide about pleasure, being informed and asking questions, encompassing drag kings, macho sluts, new fiction and performers, artists and writers from Japan’s Midori to Pat Califia.’ (I-D magazine) Produced for the royal blast-off picnic performance at Flex (AT), 1998. Revised and dubbed 2007. With a dedication to kink party people !i!i!

Charles Lum and Todd Verow – “BLOW JOB 2017”

“BLOW JOB 2017” is a remake, update and a deconstructive reimagining of Andy Warhol’s most famous 1964 short film “Blow Job.”

Rick Clarke – “THE SYMBOLS WILT”

…This confusion, this dark backwards, this failure in the duty of mothers, this burying of liberty’s putrid corpse is my misinterpretation of the immortal hour and the purity of my love, of my sex and of my fetishes – my fetishes of and for fetishes… the transference of energies after the golden death of the body is the cause of all this… I want to wonder about that, moving between bodies. Not really ‘woman trapped in a man’s body’ and vice-versa, because that’s impossible to know for sure… the people without these powerful energies – i.e. everybody not me and thee – are parasites… For these vermins who inhibit our private world, our over-garden, to have a soul would be a travesty…

About the artists:

Crystal Mason
Crystal Mason is a youngest child. Genderqueer. Social, and works for art and art making. Crystal Mason is a mover of emotions and thought. A lover who submits. A black person who can not hide, so I assert my right to be seen. Art maker, arts administrator, videographer and editor.

Paula Levine
Paula Levine has worked in video since 1983. Trained through local community television production in Vancouver, BC, with roots in local histories, grassroots video productions and the power of community voices. Her videos have screened in numerous festivals, galleries and museums in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe, including the Canadian Embassy in Japan, New York Jewish Film and Video Festival, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Canadian National Gallery. Her work has won many awards, including commendations from SECA, Atlanta Film and Video Festival, Montreal Film and Video Festival, with works in permanent collections and media libraries. Her video is distributed through Video Out, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Eden Mitsenmacher
Born 1987 in the USA; works in Rotterdam and Tel Aviv. Combines performance, video and installation to take a critical yet engaging view of social, political and cultural issues. Holds a BFA from Goldsmiths College University of London and an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute. Has participated in several exhibitions world wide, including; Istanbul Biennial, the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands, Holon Design Museum, Liverpool Biennial, Arebyte Gallery London, ANILOGUE, Animation Festival Budapest, Internationales KurzFilmFestival Hamburg Germany and many more.

Jet Caputo
Jet Caputo is a multi media video artist who often utilizes the special abilities that a hi-8 video camera has to offer. With an organic and homemade feel, he blends documentary techniques with expressionism to present themes of eco-eroticism, a connection to the earth, and self image. To see his work, visit or on Instagram as @krapnekpark.

Ceven Knowles
Ceven Knowles is video and new media artist out of Berlin. He works with themes of psychoanalysis, pagan spirituality, and the exploration of consciousness in digital and new media through his video art installations, art pornography, and music video.

oberon strong
oberon strong (b. 1990 in los angeles, ca.) is a queer rapper, photographer, and filmmaker. his work draws on themes of being othered, the absence of the lover, processing feelings of desire, and the relationship between death and photography.

Danica Uskert
Danica Uskert is a dis/abled, pansexual, polyamorous, mixed-race (Filipina-Slovak) multimedia performance artist and filmmaker. Her bdsm and fetish-themed work focuses on memory, trauma, self-love, identity, representation, and rebuilding one’s sense of self after sexual assault, abuse, and half a lifetime as a former sex worker/professional submissive. You can find more of her work at, follow her on vimeo at, or on twitter @donnauwanna.

Rocket Ear
Rocket Ear works at the intersection of sex, sound, software, and silliness. You can find him at or This is his first movie. He’d love to have your help to make another.

Marta Strazicic

Marta Strazicic (19/04/1995) is an MA student of new media and animation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. She works in an art duo called SwS(Schwestern Sisters) with her sister Tea. They merged together and started making animated music videos, short animations, posters, various art exhibitions etc. Their SwS quote is:”Creating art is a one thing, but looking at other people’s art, it’s another thing”

Meehaun Glasper-Wade
Meehaun Glasper-Wade, is a California based visual artist residing in the Bay Area, SF. As a young Black transgender man he hopes his work will bring awareness to the black and queer community as well as their parallels and intersections. He is currently working on a series of paintings which examine certain notion(s) of masculinity within the black and trans male of color community.

Clitoressa aka Christina Goestl is an artist with an extensive dossier. She created and maintained the project ‘SEX – a positive guide’ (online 1997-2006, recently on show at Wien Museum, Austria, in a restored version,, developed the sex-positive interactive compendium ‘matrix.64’, and is a pioneer in shedding light on the pleasure spot clitoris with her artistic works ‘Clitoris Design’ and the 3d-print model ‘Clitonics’

Charles Lum and Todd Verow
Charles Lum, aka clublum, received his MFA in Photography from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago after 25 years scouting & managing film locations. His short videos have screened internationally in museum, art and film venues.

Todd Verow attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the AFI Conservatory.
He made his feature film debut with “FRISK” in 1996. (Sundance, Berlin & Toronto.) At Bangor Films, Todd has directed over 25 features and numerous shorts, establishing himself as the most prolific auteur emeritus of the New Queer Cinema.

Charles & Todd also co-directed the feature documentaries “AGE OF CONSENT” and “SEX & The Silver Gays” and the shorts “TOM”s Gift,” “been too long at the FAIR.” and “Secret Santa SEX Party.”

Rick Clarke
Rick Clarke is from the brutalist wastelands of the north west of England.

ASI Art Gallery Zine Launch, April 26th 2017 @ 5pm

Two of my photos appear in the 1st Art Zine of the Associate Students’ Art Gallery, launching tomorrow, April 26th 2017 after 5pm. The zine launch event is part of the Daily Acts: 2017 SF State School of Art Senior Exhibition opening.

Daily Acts: 2017 SF State School of Art Senior Exhibition

5 PM – 8 PM
Associated Students Art Gallery
1650 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132

The zine is now available to download on Issuu: