Blast from the past... this was the last video I edited on vhs vcrs. Punch and crunch as a precise editing method was just too damn hard. So I stopped making stand alone videos for 15 years. But I always liked this work, it captured something of a time in my life. It took so long to share because being made on commercial players it had way too many time base errors to copy. Though that problem was somewhat solved, the work is still very jittery, torn and stretched but all that just seems part and parcel to the process of looking back. It's funny to present it on Vimeo as the videos here are so glossy and fine, this feels used and tattered.
The work was made as a way to examine the contradictory sensations I was having on the occasion of my parents remarriage after being divorced for 20 years and how those sensations seemed to resonate with the experience of my first trip to Africa. As such the work turns around memory identity and reunion; and their place in my sense of self, in my sense of body. Through the work, the physicality of body is extended to incorporate the immediate family, the African diaspora, and the nature of both art and experience.
One note, in the titling of this work certain credits were omitted [more because of the limits of my original equipment than anything else - two un-sychronized svhs decks, with titles dialed and selected letter by letter]. The music at the beginning of the work is by Marc Ribot; titled “Shrek”, it is used with permission. The soft African music towards the end of the work is by Moussa Dialy: played on a Kora, I recorded him at my hotel in Dakar during my first visit to Africa. The music at the very end is “Fools Rush In” by Mercer/Bloom: sung at my parents wedding. The turn of the century  images of Africans are from glass slides found in an odd nyc antique shop. The slides are labeled from South Africa and Rhodesia. The x-ray images are from persons unknown. Some of the footage is eight millimeter home movies shot by my father, the rest I recorded. These shots include images of my parents remarriage, myself dancing and close-up images my body. I wrote and recorded the texts.