The Aleurone Layer and the Cosmic Understanding of Communication
Alan Nakagawa, 2015
This is the storyline which is abstractly expressed in silent black and white video. I was taken by the industry around the Great Salt Lake and the various machines and silos visible from the freeway. I like this juxtaposition between nature and the manmade. The silo inside the Granary Art Center reminded me of Capitol Milling’s silo in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. So this relationship between industrial shapes became the springboard for a kind of story about communication. In my mind, the silos were talking to each other and this inspired the video.
As a sound artist, I wanted to challenge myself with creating an artwork with no sound. I would approach it in a similar manner as I would sound composition, that is, the sculpting of themes, beats, textures in patterns in duration. I liked the black and white look which is a response to an animation by Jonathan Borofsky, 1985. It was a simple animation of a dog on a tight rope which I found mesmerizing. It seemed to bounce between being an animation and being a drawing, which I enjoyed. As opposed to traditional animation which is made up of drawings but gives the illusion of movement and in a sense distracts us from the truth that it is a series of drawings.
The construction of the film is influenced by a work of rapid imagery by Nam June Paik that I saw during a festival at the University of California San Diego. I am not certain what year it was or what video festival it was but it might have been in 1987. This work is also influenced by my attraction to the funk band, Parliament and the 80’s Sci-Fi film Buckaroo Banzai. Lastly, this work is also somehow a response to diabetes.