After a long spell of letting many-an-event pass without noting it here, I’ve returned to keep you, fair reader, up to date on my goings-on. Up next: The Kate Bush Dance Troupe performs not one but TWO numbers in a very special event on Saturday December 15th. Merry Christmas Mary Boom is a co-production of ESP TV and Dirty Looks NYC which takes as its inspiration many holiday specials that I myself hold dear, including those by Kate Bush and RuPaul. We will perform in front of a live audience against a green screen/psychedelic Christmas backdrop while ESP TV live mixes the footage. Prepare to be dazzled. Check out the teaser below and buy tickets here. Please also visit KBDT’s Facebook page and Vimeo page to stay apprised of our updates. And do tell Kate to tune in to MNN.org on December 25th and January 1st to check out the results of this holiday spectacular. Here is the Facebook page for the event with additional guests and details.
Tonight in Milwaukee, WI, my video Ode on a Terran Urn will be screened at smallspace along with the artists below and a selection of youtube videos that I curated (including Horowitz & Spector, “Something’s Wrong in Transylvania” above). The screening is called “Do You Do This On Your Couch?” and is curated by Sara Caron. See below for more info:
Among many things to do this weekend in Milwaukee is “Do You Do This On Your Couch”, a video screening I’m describing as: “A gentle confluence of spacey-ness and placey-ness, asking you to think about ubiquitous or outdated media, think about how you might spend your time, think about community
with work by:
Featuring “Ode on a Terran Urn” and a specially curated youtube introduction by Erica Magrey.
Friday, April 29, 2011 7pm
Small Space, 2676 N. Holton St.
Hope to see you there!
I’m including here some stills from my current project, Costume-Object Workshop. The project includes several individual pieces I initiated, often not knowing whether the end result would be a costume or an object/wall hanging, with some pieces functioning as both. The video component has been shown in one-channel and two-channel formats and features experiments with the costume pieces which evoke particular character movements and in some cases restrict movement to specific areas of the body. When shown alongside those pieces that ultimately became objects, the shape-characters in the video seem to exert their object-ness. The objects themselves are not-so-distant relatives of decorative home craft items but are elevated as art objects in relation to their potential relation to the body for performative purposes.
A bit late on adding this here for posterity, but please enjoy nonetheless, the third and final installment of Ode on a Terran Urn.
Part 2 just dropped – check it out below and see my Metalmags facebook page for new stills!!!
My new video Ode on a Terran Urn is finally complete and is going up on youtube and facebook in segments. The first chapter was put up last Monday, and you can see it here below or by visiting my magstoriches youtube channel.
I also made a Metalmags fan page on Facebook which includes links to these videos as well as photos and video stills. Go “like” it!
A few of my short videos will be included in episode 1 of E.S.P. TV – a live taping and screening taking place on Friday January 28th at Louis V E.S.P. in Brooklyn. The show was conceived as a public access type variety show that includes contributions from many artists, including Dana Bell, Colby Bird, Elbis Rever, Ganjatronics, Kate Gilmore, KUNSOLE, Katrina Lam, Derek Larson, Erica Magrey, Rachel Mason, Sam Mickens, Bradford Nordeen, Andre Perkowski, Jonathan Phelps, Sophia Peer, Andrew Steinmetz, Jennifer Sullivan, and Brian Zegeer. The show is curated by Scott Kiernan, one of the proprietors of the space.
Always a fan of public access, I’m happy to have my videos included. The three that will screen are all bumpers from Awesome Music Videos, Vol. 1, a compilation I made of music videos from VH1 Classic, wherein I play veejay and create bumper skits to segue between songs. The compilation also features a xeroxed booklet with short essays on each piece. The three videos can be seen on youtube: Alien Lounge Scene, Untitled (HANDS), and Are You Experienced?
If you’re in Brooklyn, check out the live taping! No one knows exactly how it will turn out, which makes it all the more fun. I’ll post an air date/time for MNN when I receive notification.
I realized that I never shared photos from a costume project from the spring – a music video for “Death Rattles” by Woods, directed by my good friend Sophia Peer. I had only a couple of weeks to costume a cast of 13 people and a budget of about 200 dollars. We were lucky to be able to borrow some of the basic pieces, and I created headpieces, collars, belts and other accessories to add character. I designed and created the 3 children’s costumes from scratch, using rough earthy colored fabrics and netting. The song is both haunting and catchy, and Sophia did a great job of conjuring its spirits.
“Death Rattles” by Woods (directed by Sophia Peer)
Stills from the video
Several of my videos are featured in an online show that opens today at No Commercial Value (.org) called The Lounge, curated by Natasha Chuk and Cat Mallone. The show will run for two weeks. Please check out the show description below!
This show is a presentation of work by six contributing creators and thinkers who uniquely probe the complexity of how we construct, inhabit, and share our living spaces. The body of work we selected collectively illustrates a collapse of one’s personal and private living spaces and the objects that occupy them. Individually, each work invites users to engage in a unique experience of mediated access and contemplation.
The term “lounge” was selected to describe a broadly defined space of relaxation, exploration, creativity, production, and domesticity, from which a range of activities and the allusion to a complex system of memory and objects emerge. The shifting contexts of living spaces are addressed through new and purportedly obsolete media as a means of channeling the dizzyingly abstruse notion of imagined and realized spaces of dwelling and habitation.
Participating artists include:
Hollis B. Thornton
Lo and behold, the long-awaited sequel to An Opportunity for Social Engagement has arrived. Join our alien friends as they get down in the outer reaches of space. As always, the characters are played by myself and by Collin Cunningham.
Watch the video on my youtube channel, Mags to Riches.
View the growing Metalmags and Alien Ambassador playlist on my channel.
Two more Metalmags and the Alien Ambassador projects are in the works, so you’ll be seeing more of us! Look out for a preview of the upcoming long form project on my website.