This is one section of the larger suite of video art installation called "Travel Sketches" that I was invited by Astronaut Disco Soundsystem to create for the Nu-Soul magazine Art + Soul event in downtown Los Angeles on October 7th, 2001.
With these video works-in-progress I set out to explore memory and the fertility of virtual places, both physical (like Chinatown or Japanese magazine advertisements) or virtual (such as online games like World of Warcraft or Team Fortress 2). My interest is in the systems we each use to mine and use chunks of these pre-planned worlds — How we might not own the spaces, or even the characters we use to explore them, but that those experiences still tangle up inside ourselves, triggering unplanned memories and emotions. Poetry seems to spring forth when we wedge ourselves in to spaces between cues that are forced on us, like Chinese dragons and Medieval architecture. Combining a love of remixing, bedroom recording tactics, glitches, irony, abstraction, meandering walks, incongruities and found fragments, these fascinations also become tools for growing art from the world's increasingly controlled and premeditated places.
More info at: eronrauch.blogspot.com/2011/10/art-soul.html
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