Camouflage in Video Art
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6
These films relate to the exhibition “Camouflage: In Plain Sight,” with elements intended to disguise or mislead. Free.
“The Reflecting Pool” by Bill Viola. 1977-79, 7 min
In this work, all movement and change in an otherwise still scene is confined to the reflections on the surface of a pool in the woods. Suspended in time, a man hovers in a frozen, midair leap over the water, as subtle techniques join disparate layers of time into a single coherent image. According to Viola, "the piece concerns the emergence of the individual into the natural world — a kind of baptism."
“Yo! A Romantic Comedy” by Ryan Trecartin. 2002, 12 min
In “Yo! A Romantic Comedy,” Trecartin borrows clichés from hip-hop culture and genre films to craft a dark, dream-like narrative that veers from comic melodrama to goth fantasy. Applying his signature digital editing and sound processing to remarkable effect, Trecartin creates an alternative narrative universe that suggests a kind of psycho-dramatic hyper-reality.