Visual parable triptych. Each of these is a meditation video for those who want to meditate but don’t feel like it. To be watched in any order, depending on the circumstances.
Ocean Synapse is a trans-hemispheric digital film experiment and performance by myself and Dr Sarah Jane Pell between New York City and Melbourne, Australia, respectively. Dr Pell and I each filmed our own scenes based on the idea of the ocean becoming a medium for information transfer in the near future. Neither knew what the other was filming until the scenes were played side by side for the first time at WaterWheel’s online symposium for World Water Day 2014 and serendipitous synchronizations ensued. Featured here are two scenes from my side of the conversation, starring myself and John Fredericks, aboard our ship, Horizons.
This is a project demo reel that was turned into an experiment: How to tell a story when there is no story to tell. What does a story feel like? Editing without a map or known destination, as is usually the case in life, how will you know when you’re done? What makes a moment? What conjures emotion? What’s the unexpected made of?
Featured here are scenes from my wunderkammer as well as residents of my Uncanny Valley Orphanage, Home for Creepy Things. All the audio is taken from the field, with some analog effects performed during recording.
Chicken John, Skippy and I dismantled a funeral parlor in Menlo Park as a side job one time. That’s when I learned that embalming tables are essentially body toilets and you should make sure the water is turned off before unbolting them from the floor.
Everything that wasn’t sold or donated to another parlor came home with us and Chicken set everything up at his warehouse for a free show about Death, featuring musicians, a professional embalmer, various performance artists and myself. The audience got to take home what they liked at show’s end, including what we later found out to be about $30,000 worth of seemingly worthless paintings.
Featured here is a poem I wrote which I felt was relevant to the occasion, originally written and performed for the DeYoung Museum’s nightlife program “Urban Exploration.”
From my series “The Uncanny Valley Orphanage.” Materials: Rocking ottoman parts, beer barrel, dartboard cabinet, photo enlarger bellows, rope, model ship, ceramic figurines, wooden picture frame. This piece was also featured at the Exploratorium’s After Dark program, which was dedicated to the art of contraptions. Two delicate figurines are singing on the deck of the ship, inside a barrel which can be rocked back and forth in all directions while musty air is naturally pushed through the bellows into the viewer’s face.
Kinetic metaphor made from found objects during 2 week stay in Brooklyn, NY for group exhibition in 2014. Included with the piece is a list of the time and place each object was found.
Apocalypse Stagecoach Puppet Theater
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima
The Grand Old Cottage Backyard Revue
The Decameron San Francisco
The Boot Show
Psychedelic Friendship Bingo
The DeYoung Museum After Dark
Stars & Garters Theatre Co.