Hello! I hope summer has treated you well. Here’s what I’ve been up to and some of what I’ll be doing this fall…
Just Like Us screened at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and awarded an FIPRESCI Prize!
At the festival, I was also interviewed by Pamela Cohn and the interview was featured in Bomb Magazine
James Hansen also wrote a review of Oberhausen Festival in Filmmaker Magazine
This summer I had the tremendous honor of being a visiting artist at the Flaherty Seminar TURNING THE INSIDE OUT, programmed by Gabriela Monroy and Caspar Stracke. It was an incredible experience! What a great group of people to spend a week in lovely Hamilton, NY with watching/talking/enjoying cinema experiences non-stop! Artists included: Shaina Anand (India), Eric Baudelaire (France), Brad Butler (England), Duncan Campbell (Ireland), Jill Godmilow (USA),Johan Grimonprez (Belgium),Cao Guimarães (Brazil), Jesse McLean (USA), Karen Mirza(England), Lois Patiño (Spain), Shuddhabrata Sengupta (India), Hito Steyerl (Germany – via Skype), as well as Chris Marker & Alain Resnais, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo and Robert Flaherty, who were there in spirit.
THIS FALL I will present my work at mumok, The Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. The program series is titled “Scan Scroll Surf. Digital Film Aesthetics Today” and is curated by Christian Hoeller, co-editor of springerin magazine. Very excited to travel to Vienna in November!
I will also travel to Los Angeles in November to present a program at Film Forum. Stay tuned for more details!
In September, I will have a screening in Iowa City at FilmScene, thanks to the Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities for inviting me.
My work was/is included in a number of screenings and exhibitions that happened this summer/happening this fall:
Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux, Paris, France, Just Like Us
Flahertiana Film Festival, Perm, Russia, Magic for Beginners
Fronteira Festival, Cine Cultura, Goiânia, Brazil, Just Like Us
Poor Farm, Manawa, WI, Just Like Us
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, Just Like Us
Artist Television Access, Gaze #7, San Francisco, CA, Remote
Chicago Art Department Gallery West, Chicago, IL, Remote
Union Docs, See What You Will, Brooklyn, NY, The Invisible World
Largo Residéncias, Consumerist Radiations, Lisbon, Portugal, The Invisible World
Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, Just Like Us
Jekyll & Hyde Gallery, speculationscapes, Chicago, IL, Climbing
Mumbai Artroom, Mumbai, India, Magic for Beginners
Urban Arts Space, Fragments of an Unknowable Whole, Columbus, OH, Climbing. Fragments of an Unknowable Whole was reviewed, link is here , below is an excerpt:
Jesse Mclean’s Climbing (2009), steps outside the space of the finished product, bringing the activity around the production of the image to the fore. The viewer enters the Photoshop workspace as the ubiquitous move tool – the hand – appears to climb over a mountainous landscape carefully assembled from screenshots. The presence of the person behind the hand is discernable, expressed in the slight hesitations and probings as the hand seeks purchase on the rocky slopes. Rather than distance, this representation of the technical or screen-space generates warmth, a tentative human extension into virtual space that juts out ever farther, as well as commenting on our uber-mediated experience of landscape.
I’ve recently added some documentation of work I completed last summer for a solo show at Interstate Projects, “Stars, They’re Just Like Us”. Work includes Me and Max Martin and Stars, They’re Just Like Us (north and south).
RIGHT NOW I’m finishing up a new piece, tentatively titled “Mirrored Image”, that is informed by the experiences of a professional lighting stand-in/body double/stuntwoman. Other inspiration is found in Andy Warhol’s suggestion that the vinyl pressing of “I’ll Be Your Mirror” have a built-in crack so the line “I’ll be your mirror” would loop until the listener moved the needle. Below are some stills…
Thanks for reading!