The Faithfull [documentation]

Video documentation of The Faithful taken during the The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at the Sullivan Gallery in Chicago.

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Menacing the Mediation

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The always brilliant Josh Rios wrote a beautiful essay on POSTFACE.

Jean Genet in Chicago (full version)

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Finally uploaded the full version of Jean Genet in Chicago online.

More information on the project here

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POSTFACE wins Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film

postface5POSTFACE won the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film at the 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Thanks to the jury: Kevin Jerome Everson, Laida Lertxundi and Marcin Gizycki.

Postface V2.0 on Instant Cinema

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Curator/writer Caylin Smith writes about POSTFACE V2.0 on the Expanded Cinema channel of the Instant Cinema website.

Instant Cinema is a comprehensive platform for experimental film and video and computer art, making the best audio–visual work of artists of all generations available to a worldwide audience. Instant Cinema is an initiative of EYE Film Institute Netherlands.

Other Arrangements

Other Arrangements is a program that offers historical and philosophical perspectives on queer folks struggles with traditional conceptions of marriage and family and explores different avenues based on friendship, community and contacts with strangers.

The program includes:

The Continuing story of Carel and Ferd by Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America

Danny by Stashu Kybartas

The Baseball Project by Oli Rodriguez

Legacy by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Presented on August 23 at The New Museum as part of the exhibition:

Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently

***UPDATE: The presentation is archived on Carlos Motta’s website: We Who Feel Differently

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L’Ecurie 360

L'Ecurie 360L’Ecurie 360, an immersive video installation created for the dance company Manon fait de la danse will be presented as part of SAT Fest at Société des Arts Technologiques. Screenings will take place between Wednesday and Saturday, from March 21 until April 28, 2012. The project was created, as part of a Labodome residence, specifically for SAT state of the art 360 immersive environment.

This piece is an adaptation of Manon Oligny’s choreographic installation L’Ecurie. Interpreted by Karina Iraola, Anne Lebeau, Mathilde Monnard. Music by Gilles Brisenois. Graphics by Simon Laroche. Scenography by Yannick MacDonald.

12:00 | immersive installation/contemporary dance video | 2009-2012

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Jean Genet, Le Quebec et L’Amerique

Jean Genet in Chicago opened the colloquium Jean Genet, Le Québec et L’Amérique organized by L’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. I was on hand to introduce the video and answer questions afterward.

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the faithful

installation | 16 mm film transferred to HD | 2011

In a large room of a galley or public site, two walls facing each other are covered by video projections displaying a series of portraits originally shot on 16mm film. On one wall a succession of men are posing alone next to a pool table at Touché, Chicago’s oldest leather bar. There are six men of different ages, styles, body types and races. The performers all look directly in the camera. The framing remains the same for the six shots. Each shot is the length of a hundred feet of film complete with the leader and flares at the beginning and end of each roll. On the opposite wall, five men are posing in front of a mural within the same formal system. Once projected in a room, the men will appear to be cruising each other from opposite sides of a virtual bar. Since the number of portraits is not the same on each wall, when the videos loop, the men will be flirting with a different partner.

The project engages in a disappearing act, it aims for a conflicting sense of loss, nostalgia and resilience. Black and White 16mm film is on the fast track toward extinction while gay bars have taken a hard hit from the proliferation of Internet hook-up websites but regardless of their digital competition, neither has conceded defeat. Bars are still the locus of the gay community while the materiality and texture of 16mm will always have a strong hold on artists and experimental filmmakers. And above all, men will always cruise other men, regardless of risks, prejudices and oppression.

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postface v2.0

In August 2011, I participated in the Tape: a celebration exhibition at The Chicago Art Department. I presented a multichannel installation version of POSTFACE inspired by the union of machine and body that generated Montgomery Clift late career’s persona.

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