Title Magazine

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 10.29.55 AM Interview in Title Magazine following the exhibition at Vox Populi gallery.
Thanks to Timothy Belknap.

 

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NCCA MOSCOW

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 10.37.47 PMNice little digital catalog for the VIDEO FOCUS festival at National Center for Contemporary Arts in Moscow. POSTFACE is part of the Found Footage exhibition at the museum.

 

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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.

http://www.dilettantearmy.com/rants/menacing-the-meditation

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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postface


In a celebrity-obsessed culture, filmmakers often exploit the downfall of a star to amplify the emotional undertones of the fictional films in which they perform. POSTFACE takes a look back at the filmography of Montgomery Clift whose private life and career spiral downward after a 1956 car crash that left his face scarred and partially paralyzed. Like an actor without a face, the video is an exploration of obsolescence, produced by means of analog tape manipulations.

0:47 excerpt of 7:30 | HD | 2011

Distributed by Video Data Bank

Screenings (so far): Kassel Doc Film and Video Festival, IndieLisboa, Seoul International New Media Festival, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, DocLisboa, Dallas Video Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, CineSonika, Biennial Queer Arts,  Chicago Underground Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival…

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Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb

Co-editor for a project by Andrea Geyer

Based on edited transcripts of the 1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem and the writings of Hannah Arendt, an abstracted trial scene stages six characters: Accused, Defense, Judge, Prosecution, Reporter, Audience. Each character within the scene is embodied by the same performer. The reconstructed, abstracted scene examines complicated questions of truth and justice as they travel across time within an individual and become history. The installation places 6 monitors— one for each character— around the viewers, situating them within the scene.

I worked with Andrea on a single channel adaptation for cinema screening of the 6 channel video installation. (2009-10)

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Eleanore and the timekeeper

Editor for a documentary directed by Danièle Wilmouth

The complexities of a mother’s sacrifice are discovered when Eleanore, at age 91, moves her developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home, after 64 years of devoted companionship and daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. Eleanore and the Timekeeper chronicles the lives of Eleanore and Ronnie Hickman, the Director’s grandmother and uncle. Shot on 16mm, the film is a quiet love story between a mother and son, which records the inevitable transformation in their relationship, and shifting definitions of home over a seven-year span.

76:00 | Documentary | 2010

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Congrès des archivistes du québec


On Friday June 4th, choreographer Manon Oligny and I were invited by archivist Theresa Rowat to participate on a panel entitled Archiver L’Éphémère: réalités et défis to discuss our multiple collaborations and the importance and challenges of archiving and preserving live contemporary dance. The conference was organized by L’Association des Archivistes du Québec.

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Visible Evidence


In 2009, I presented a paper on Paul Chan‘s video Baghdad in no particular order entitled “I will always love you: Paul Chan in Baghdad” as part of a panel on Solidarity Documentary at the Visible Evidence conference. Liz Miller, Thomas Waugh and Pratap Rughani also presented paper. Good times.

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The Body Parlor

Video Adaptation of a performance piece created by Katrina Chamberlin and James Kubie.

In The Body Parlor, both man and sheep as combined sacrificial bodies become subjects of biological investigation. In discovering new forms of health care (regenerative medicine) and tissue engineering (such as stem cell research), the body becomes sacrificial material for the greater purpose of a social good. The performers employ the material objects, either as products of or as extensions of the body as a way of exploring giving from one’s self in sacrifice.

4:38 excerpt of 14:00 | HDV | 2009

Distributed by Video Data Bank

I do not want to tell you who I am

On November 14 2008, I presented at Ex-Centris (Montreal) a program of contemporary videos curated from the collection of the Video Data Bank. The selection focused on work created by western artists visiting the Middle-East. This project was commissioned by Vidéographe.

Program:

  • Dirty Pictures, John Smith, 2007, 14:00
  • Baghdad in no particular order, Paul Chan, 2003, 51:00
  • Take into the air my quiet breath, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, 2007, 17:00
  • Not a matter of if but when, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, 2006,18:00
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resolution 3

I was invited to be a Panelist, Featured Artist and Workshop Leader at the Resolution 3 symposium in LA in October 2008. During this conference i met the lovely Amitis Motevalli and Irina Ambriz Dacumos. Good Times.

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Revolutionary Love

Cameraman for a project by Sharon Hayes

Artist Sharon Hayes invited people at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to read a text in unison addressing political desire and romantic love as part of Creative Time’s summer-long, national public art initiative Democracy in America: The National Campaign. Conflating grassroots political activism, performance art, queer theory, and national politics, Revolutionary Love: I am Your Worst Fear, I am Your Best Fantasy included speakers drawn from the gay, lesbian, and transgendered community in each city who will become the medium of her work by reciting the text written by Hayes. The 10- to 20-minute texts will be read 3 times over the course of 2 hours.

performance/installation | 2008

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la société de demain

In 2007, I received a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts to write a feature-lenght historical fiction inspired by legendary Québecois filmmaker Claude Jutra’s amateur film Mouvement Perpétuel as well as by the events happening in Québec and the world in 1949.  The piece relates the story of an aspiring filmmaker shooting an avant-garde film that mirrors his own struggle for personal identity during la grande noirceur. Though the film within the film is similar to Mouvement Perpétuel; the main part of La Société de demain, the story of Claude, Anna and Gilles, is fictional.

Shortly after the completion of the script, I moved back to Chicago. One day I plan to move back to Montreal for at least a year to produce this piece. Sabbatical anyone?

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9 scripts from a nation at war

Editor for a project by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander & David Thorne

9 Scripts from a Nation at War is a 10 channel video installation that responds to conditions and questions that have arisen since March 2003, taking the U.S. context as an initial point of view. While 2003 marks the beginning of the invasion of Iraq by U.S. military forces, it is a conflict reaches backwards and forwards in history and memory, as a “long war” that has few, if any, boundaries.

This work is structured around a central question: How does war construct specific positions for individuals to fill, enact, speak from, or resist?

Commissioned for Documenta 12

installation | 2007

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The Water Front

Co-editor for a documentary by Liz Miller

Residents of Highland Park, Michigan, known as the birthplace of the auto-industry, have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized.

The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles. (53 minutes, 2007)

53:00 | documentary | 2007

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jean genet in chicago

A queer rewriting of the events surrounding the 1968 National Democratic Convention from the point of view of the controversial French writer. This “thief-video” combines disparate textual sources, contemporary reenactments of historical events and archival footage in order to relate the uneasy fusion of the French poet’s criminalized sexuality with late 60s American counter-culture.

Distributed by Video Data Bank and Vidéographe

  • Between the Lines Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2007
  • Best Documentary Award, International Short Film Festival, Santiago, Chile, 2007
  • Best Canadian Film (Audience Choice), ReelOut, Kingston, 2007
  • Spirit of Garrett Scott Award, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, 2006
  • First Prize Winner (Video Long form), FLEX Florida Film/Video Festival, 2006
  • Second Prize Winner, Onion City Experimental Film Festival, Chicago, 2006
  • Special Jury Prize, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2006
  • Colin Campbell Award for Best Canadian Male Short, InsideOut, Toronto, 2006
  • Best Short, Image+Nation, Montréal, 2006

4:17 excerpt of 26:00 | experimental documentary | 2006

Produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Experimental Sound Studio

Screenings: Rotterdam Film Festival (Rotterdam), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), 12th Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva), Vidéoformes (Clermont-Ferrant), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), Cinema Texas (Austin), Shadow Festival (Amsterdam), Kasseler Documentary Film & Video Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, PDX Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Other Cinema (San Francisco), Pleasure Dome (Toronto), Short Film Festival of Santiago Chili, Milwaukee International Film Festival, IndieLisboa (Lisboa), Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington), Festival des 3 Amériques (Québec), Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois (Montréal), Onion City Experimental Film Festival (Chicago), MIX (New York City), FLEX Florida Experimental Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria), Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge (Chicago), London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Inside Out (Toronto), Frameline (San Francisco), Queeries: Volume II (Los Angeles), Queer X (Albuquerque), Experiments in Documentary at the Millennium Film Workshop (New York), Speculate: Queer (Re)Visions (Buffalo), The Power of the People Don’t Stop (Eugene), Torino GLBTQ Film Festival, Image + Nation (Montreal), Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Queer City Cinema (Regina), Colloque Jean Genet, le Québec et l’Amérique (Trois-Rivières), Jean Genet in the USA conference at NYU (New York)…

 

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L’education physique

Video adaptation of a choreographic act by Manon Oligny – La Companie Manon fait de la danse

What does the expression to fulfill oneself or to surpass oneself truly mean today? We are blinded by an exaggerated preoccupation with ourselves and an overdevelopment of the ” I ” and we are centered on an obsessional theme: to achieve success. Never give up, never lose, these are the leitmotiv of a society that teaches us to be in shape, to be on top.

14:00 | contemporary dance video | 2005

Distributed by Vidéographe

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interzone

Editor for a project directed by Anne Quirynen

Taking W. S. Burroughs as a point of departure, Interzone was premiered as a concert at Konzert Oper 04 Produced by Berliner Festspiele. Eight right-angled white screens form a circle around the public and the musicians. Music: Enno Poppe. Libretto: Marcel Beyer. There are three iterations of this project: one for live opera, a stand-alone four channel video installation and a single screen version for cinema screening.

multichannel video installation for Opera | 2004

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something between her hands

Editor for  Documentary directed by Sonya Shah

This film offers an examination of the growing problem of sex slavery and labor for women in Southeast Asia. Something Between Her Hands follows the stories of six young Cambodian women who must choose between a life of prostitution or garment factory work in order to survive.

17:00 | documentary | 2004

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Video Adaptation of a choreographic act by Manon Oligny – La Companie Manon fait de la danse

Created during a residency at Lugar Comum in Portugal.

Two dancers test their physical capacities to the point of exhaustion. The work questions the sensory capabilities of the performing body.

12:00 | contemporary dance video | 2003

Distributed by Videographe

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hard fat

Hard Fat is a documentary based on an interview with “Rick”, the world wide web’s most celebrated gainer. A gainer is a man who purposefully gains weight because he enjoys inhabiting a fatter body. The video explores the gainer’s bodily transformation in order to challenge our preconceived notion of desire, beauty and masculinity.

  • HBO Juried Award for Best Short for Hard Fat, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2003
  • Audience Choice Award for Hard Fat, SinCiné: NYC Erotic Film Festival, New York, 2002
  • Honorable Mention for Hard Fat, Documentary Short Section, Reeling, Chicago, 2002

22:00 | documentary | 2002

Distributed by Vidéographe

Produced with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Screenings: Hot Docs (Toronto), SelfWare, (Graz), Conversation at the Edge (Chicago), Art in General’s Video Marathon (New York), Vision du Réel: Doc Outlook (Nyon), Norrköping Film Festival Flimmer, Rendez-vous du Cinema Québécois (Montreal), Balagan Experimental Film & Video Series (Boston), Provincetown International Film Festival, London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, PrideVision TV, Milan Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX:Mexico, Best of SinCine, (Rio), Sensory Perceptions (Portland), InsideOut (Toronto), Image du Nouveau Monde (Québec), Czech Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Brno & Prague), Brisk Collage & Bricolages (Halifax), Art and Politic of Netporn (Amsterdam), Video Pool (Winnipeg), Syracuse Queer Film Festival, 2003, Syracuse, Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Hotel Movie Show (Regina), Out on Screen (Vancouver), Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival,University of Oregon Queer Symposium, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Microwave (Hong Kong), The New Festival (New York), FrameLine (San Francisco), Outfest (Los Angeles), MIX:Brasil (São Paulo), MIX: NYC, Reeling (Chicago), Pink Film Days (Amsterdam), SinCiné: NYC Erotic Film Festival (New York), QueerDoc (Sydney), Image+Nation (Montreal), Discount Cinema: The Fat Show (Chicago), Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, ImageOut (Rochester)…

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24xCaprices


Video adaptation of a choreographic act by Manon Oligny – La Companie Manon fait de la danse

When it comes to representations of the body, how far can we go with the most intimate, most troubling material? The body – object of all desires and all offenses, marked by the most basic and immodest of emotions, the reactive body, with the reflections it brings… Where does intimacy end and voyeurism begin?

  • Best Direction for 24xCaprices, Moving Pictures, Toronto, 2003

7:00 | contemporary dance video | 2001

Distributed by Vidéographe

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an objective measure of arousal

An inquiry into the world of clinics specializing in the treatment of sexual offender.

  • Third Prize Winner VideoEX  (Zurich), 2001

1:46 of 6:00 | video | 2001

Distributed by Vidéographe

Screenings: VideoEx (Zurich), Video Pool (Winnipeg), Regulating Desire (Berlin), Pink Screen (Brussels), Manifestation International d’Art Electronique (Montreal), Antimatter (Victoria), Inside Out (Toronto), Image du Nouveau Monde (Québec), Image+ Nation (Montreal), NextFest (Regina)…

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five o’clock shadow

A man booked a room in a downtown hotel room. A secret journey comes to an end. Out of respect for his family, authorities are withholding the true identity of the deceased.

MFA thesis at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

3:00 excerpt of 15:00 | video | 1998

Distributed by Videographe

Screenings: Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal), BBC British Short Film Festival (London), Terra Museum: New Artist in Chicago, Video Pool (Winnipeg), Conversation at the Edge (Chicago), Betty Rymer gallery (Chicago), Para/site gallery (Hong Kong), NextFest (Regina), The Substation (Singapore), L’Alliance Française (Bangkok), Kelab Seri Film Club (Lumpur), Image et Nation (Montreal), In phase (Lyon), Queer City (Regina and Winnipeg), Les Figures de l’intime, 2000, Quebec, Smart project Space (Amsterdam), Festival du 7e Art (Beauport)…

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Cold sore

It happens to the best of us: we fall in love, get brutally dumped and make a film about it. Sorry.

A condition related to the act of kissing.

3:00 excerpt of 12:00 | 16 mm | 1994

alice is a bitch

Favorite film from the undergrad work

Bored with his sex life and addiction to porn, a young man decides to cross over to the other side of the television screen.

2:00 excerpt of 5:00 | 16mm | 1993

Queer Alien invades Earth

First film I ever completed as an undergrad student at Concordia University (Montreal) in 1992.

Queer Alien invades Earth is a portrait of the legendary Madame Simone.

1:00 of 5:00 | 16 mm | 1992 |

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