I am an avid spectator and participant in the world of critical / avant-garde film. Here is my program for Fall 2011 at the University of Virginia:
I’m particularly fascinated by the effects of duration, the exhibition space, and the symbolic function of images. Some of my favorite filmmakers include Haile Gerima, Chris Marker, John Cassavetes, Su Friedrich, Caveh Zahedi, Elaine May, Travis Wilkerson, James Benning, Robert Kramer, Lisandro Alonso, Ken Jacobs, Charles Burnett, Pedro Costa, and many more.
Stills from Rips – 2012
Rips is a single channel video installation featuring the film “Local Color” by Mark Rappaport, an independent filmmaker whose own work frequently ignores copyright and rejects mainstream modes of representation. The installation consists of two digital copies of the film, played simultaneously. The file on the left is a VHS rip, illegally downloaded via torrent from a private film tracker. The file on the right is a DVD rip created by the artist from a restored copy of the film loaned to the artist by the filmmaker. The two video files differ in image quality, aspect ratio, and sound. In an exhibition context where 16mm projection seems increasingly unsustainable, each half of Rips offers an example of distributional flexibility, while at the same time rejecting digital cinema’s supposed fungibility.
The following videos were made using phones and cheap consumer cameras. Some of them are very boring.