Valentine’s Hangover Show: An Evening of Artist Made Videos
Veronica Varlow & Burke Heffner
"Revolver began when we were both dead broke, and longed for a chance to get away. We would console each other with stories. I told Veronica of all the fun trips I had taken in the past. In her journal, the dream of a road trip expanded to include a string of bank robberies along the way. After a month or two of her journal slipping further and further into a novella, we bought a clean notepad and decided to commit to the stories we were building."
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The Amateurist (1998)
The Amateurist is a video made by Miranda July, in which a "professional" woman monitors an "amateur" woman (both played by July) via video surveillance. Although there has never been any physical contact with the amateur, the professional has synthesized a bizarre emotional connection with her subject.
Since making this film, July has produced the multi-media performance Swan Tool. Combining video, performance, live music and digital rendering of architectural spaces July was able to create what she describes as a "live movie". Her collaboration with the artist Harrell Fletcher culminated in the web-based project, Learning to Love You More. This project illustrates ways the Internet can be employed by artists to enhance networks for creativity. July has just completed her first feature-length movie, which premiered at Sundance film festival, last month.
To produce the video Pulse, Stephen Dean shot footage of the amazingly colorful Hindu festival of Holi, held each March in the northern part of India. One story attributes this festival to be a celebration of the beginning of Spring, the season of hope and new beginnings. During Holi people throw and smear brightly colored powders, known as Gulal, and exhibit flamboyant and unrestrained behavior. Dean is a French born artist who lives in New York. His paintings, sculptures and films heighten the visual experience of cultural events, turning the everyday into flowing displays of color and rhythmic unity.
This Must Be My Lucky Day (2003)
Tommy Foster’s This Must be My Lucky Day is set in a surreal Southern swamp. The camera follows a cowboy on a mysterious journey to release a group of plastic "Wonder Horses" back into the wild. As the sun sets and the music of Calexico plays this Cowboy enacts an unusually symbolic "putting out to pasture." This video has an offbeat Americana aesthetic that is reminiscent of the David Byrne movie, True Stories. Foster is an artist and musician who recently left his home of Memphis to live on a Mexican island.
Bec Stupack has been a stretching the limits of motion design and video performance since the late 90s.The video Scissorfriends was created as a DVD zine while Stupack was in residence at the electronic arts atelier Eyebeam, in New York. By creating a DVD zine she has expanded the metaphor of the paper zine into a cinematic 3 experience. In the late 90s Stupack worked with Pseudo, the innovative effort to create an on-line cable channel with all original programming. She has appeared as VJ Honeygun all over the world, performing her short video works in the developing club and rave scenes. Bec Stupack, Samuli Alapuranen and other trailblazers of live-video performance have had a major impact on visual culture that is evident in museum exhibitions as well as on MTV and in commercial advertising.
Silmukka is a short dreamlike sequence of mechanical animals made by Samuli Alapuranen. The cuddly yet robotic images combined with electronic score are hauntingly seductive. Alapuranen is a Finnish musician and artist working primarily as a live VJ in Helsinki.
Tara Mateik’s video PYT masquerades as music video to chart a perverse transsexual identification between Peter Pan and Michael Jackson. Fantasy is in full force and this transgendered video will make you want to sing along. Mateik is an artist and media activist who in 2001 co-founded Dykes Can Dance, a New York City performance group. For many years Mateik has collaborated with the cable access video collective, Paper Tiger Television.