At Weir Farm, I will edit the video for a multi-channel video installation “words taken right out of your mouth/words put in your mouth,” taking my inspiration from the eerily similar phrasings of the two idioms “you took the words right out of my mouth” and “you are putting words in my mouth”. Shooting with a small camera in my mouth, I’ve been collecting video of the awkward intimacy of literally putting text-objects (made of ice) in the mouth of another, and of taking text-objects (made of salt, chocolate, and other castable materials) out of the mouth of another. While editing at Weir Farm, I will focus on how these mouth/text exchanges create oral/written-word conversations when facing each other in multichannel video, including the acts of listening, interruptions, awkward pauses, and external (often internet-enabled) interruptions.
Using this residency time to edit will allow me to focus on site-specific instantiations of the work in formal settings in the future. The residency will allow allow me the time to create a single-channel version of the video work for film festival distribution, something I rarely find the time to achieve, as I am usually focused on gallery installation.
The medium through which Earth's atmosphere records its long history is the same medium whose shift from solid to liquid to gas occurs over a small enough time scale for human attention.
Another medium, through which human civilizations construct their vast infrastructure, is the same medium whose fabrication releases a gas on a large enough mass scale to change Earth's atmosphere. This video teeters between frustration and apathy.
How do you pick yourself up when you spill your ice cream?
there there is a single-channel video loop created for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. While created site-specifically to be a loop, the work also functions (with a slightly different meaning) in a traditional cinematic setting. This hybrid of experimental film (narrative arc) and video art (designed for loop) characterizes the modular making strategies I will employ during the residency. Similar melting ice letters will play a part in the work I’ve proposed: I will be bringing a letterpress-set of food-safe molds that will allow for a variety of text objects to be placed in mouths.
digital video loop, water, stamps, 2015
On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat,
and Razan Abu- Salham, ages 23,
and 19, were shot,
in their own home, 10 miles,
from my home,
while I sat 450 miles away.
homesafe is a camera-recorded document of the act of writing a response another news cycle item. While the meaning of the text does not significantly change over the course of the video loop, the letters cease to be information bearing, and become mostly forms.
on monday night
loop, screenshot video, 2015
remove the time from
the news read 2 years too late all context no meat
on monday night is a 64x40 pixel screenshot of the act of reading through time references in a 2 year old online article - indexes that referenced something within its news cycle, but melts into nonsense over time, though the image is digitally perfectly preserved.
on monday night and home safe are both single take documents of text performances which also stand alone as loop video. These documents of reading and writing are the platform on which I hope to build a video vocabulary that approaches the complexity of hearing and saying.
These Artists - Coming Soon!
JULY Myda iamiceli AUGUSTHeather Heckel/Timothy Israel Nick Pfaff SEPTEMBER Deborah Bonnell OCTOBER Sarah Ward NOVEMBER Bonnie Johnson
Weir Farm Art Center 735 Nod Hill Road Wilton, CT 06897