V i d e o s w i t h D e s c r i p t i o n s
My art videos exist in the space between still photography and video. I don't expect viewers to stare these works with the same kind of rapt attention one views a TV drama. They are best appreciated as on demand works not unlike images in a book. I like to think of these as partially animated photographs. Be sure and turn on the 1080p HD button on the lower right side of the video screen.
SLOW HATE is about Stone Mountain, Georgia, The Klan, and the 1915 film BIRTH of a NATION. We see slowed down scenes from Birth of a Nation plus slow motion recordings of a Confederate flag rally at Stone Mountain. Anti-racist protestors and their battle with riot police are contrasted with the sanctioned Confederate flag demonstrations. Finally, the filmmaker proposes changes to the Confederate Memorial on the side of Stone Mountain.
73 Americans is the 5 minute festival version of 278 Americans. In 2012 I recorded events at the Mardi Gras celebration in Pensacola, Florida. 73 Americans was made by shooting from a truck towing a float at the parade. My camera seemed to elicit everything from obscene gestures to primate howling sounds.
278 Americans is the longer gallery version of 73 Americans and is the original version of the recordings made at the Pensacola Mardi Gras in 2012. This video is designed to be shown on a large flat screen on a wall or in a darkened room in a gallery setting.
Holi Becomes Chaos was shot in Barsana, India, in 2003. Holi is a traditional spring celebration featuring the throwing of colored powder, dancing, singing, flirting, feasting, all those things one expects at a public event where the loss of inhibitions is sanctioned.
162 Citizens in Trump Country was shot with a low cost camera capable of high quality slow motion recordings. Here I did a hand held scan of parade celebrants at the Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras in 2016. Later that year Mobile was one of the few American cities where Donald Trump received more votes than Hillary Clinton.
The first slow motion study I made was recorded in Totonicopan, Guatemala in 1995. The Maya are perhaps the most resilient of all the indigenous cultures of the new world. They have maintained their traditional lifestyle and beliefs despite centuries of occupation. Here, they look at the gringo cameraman with an understandable contempt.
Another early crowd study was recorded at a little known running of the bulls event in Coria, Spain, in 2001. I shot this with an ancient Bolex 16mm camera. When the footage was slowed down I discovered this young man caught between two rampaging bulls. Machismo seemed like the best possible title for this study of young men publicly demonstrating their courage in this dangerous ritual.