Posts tagged film + video
Artists at Work: Kerry Tribe by Rita Gonzalez
“Oxymoronic” is how Kerry Tribe describes the starting point for The Aphasia Poetry Club (2016), her interview-based, first-person documentary about people who have lost the ability to comprehend language. In Tribe’s three-channel video installation, communication is stunningly reconstituted with excavated words and newly invented images.
The Jack Box Death Trip: How Ads Promote Progressive Values from Plate to Altar While Still Making Everybody Rich by Travis Diehl
Nearly 100 years ago, Edward Bernays pioneered the wily world of advertising, the manipulative business of telling the public what they want. When a 2012 Jack in the Box ad campaign tossed together corporate damage control, social commentary, and irreverence, a big dash of William Burroughs landed in Bernays’s original recipe.
End of the End of the End: Agnès Varda in Los Angeles by Sasha Archibald
In 1967, French filmmaker Agnes Varda landed in Los Angeles with “a suitcase of assumptions and judgments.” Varda liked to maintain her outsider insouciance and the three films she made in Southern California are packed with wry observations on the region’s daydreams and dissonance.
Artists at Work: Wu Tsang by Carol Cheh
Born in Massachusetts in 1982, Wu Tsang graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was involved with the local underground scenes in that city before moving to Los Angeles in 2005. Two years later, he moved to the MacArthur Park neighborhood just west of downtown and lived near the Silver Platter, a historic Latino bar for the LGBT community. Inspired by the thriving scene there, Tsang and his friends (Ashland Mines [aka Total Freedom] and NGUZUNGUZU [Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof]) organized a weekly party at the bar featuring dancing and performances and called it Wildness. The intersection of subcultures that ensued became the subject of a fanciful documentary film of the same name, released in 2012, which is now his best-known work.
Et in Utah Erant: The Reel Works of J.G. Ballard, Tacita Dean, and Robert Smithson by Rachel Valinsky
At the end of film and at the beginning of film and at the heart of film is Tacita Dean. A pioneer of the medium at the time of its projected extinction by the accelerating rise of the digital, Dean maintains an artistic practice deeply rooted in film and its specificities. Her most recent work, JG, commissioned by the Arcadia University Art Gallery in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and recently exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, is a 26-1/2 minute, 35mm film named after the iconic science fiction writer J.G. Ballard and taking as its subject Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970).