This DV short subject is an animated photocollage derived from a mixed-media installation assembled at The Green Room in Covington, LA from April to December 2005 by Philomusia Studios by the visual-arts team of Objector Snark & RoMaCaJa. The wall-sized 3D assemblage (occupying nearly 400 square feet upon completion) was inspired in form by the "Merzbau" constructions of Kurt Schwitters, wherein we envisioned a decaying scaffold as the chaotic framework for a commentary on modern sociopolitical discourse--or the dearth of it. We collected hundreds of pounds of found, repurposed & recycled materials, assembled even hundreds more archival images and original artworks into a sprawling wall of visual noise and cognitive dissonance which we chronicled over 8 months with thousands of photos. Work was interrupted from September to November when the artists were temporarily displaced due to Katrina. The tumbledown aesthetic that was already in place took on new significance for "pre-K" patrons returning to The Green Room who saw the ongoing project as a premonition of the landscapes of debris that were to resonate so strongly in the local mindset. The process of sorting through all the gigabytes of digital material amassed in 2005 resulted first in a panoramic digital photocollage of the static assemblage [Generation 2] which was exhibited at a group show of digital artists in March of 2006. Work on the video [Generation 3] occurred from May to early July 2009, incorporating video from days of action that took place in New Orleans in 2004-05.
About Generation 3: Elements of photocollage and montage, abstract expressionism in motion, music video and avant-garde film combine and straddle the definitions of each. It is storytelling with an abstract narrative, video art with a musical score, and a painting of cable TV news.