This video is both the music video for the song “Growing Girl” by my band, Unled Tit (https://soundcloud.com/maryaspo/sets/unled-tit-songs), and a video art piece that I have shared via public screenings at the University of Chicago (in 2005 and 2006) and at the University of Texas-Austin’s Creative Research Laboratory (in 2008, as part of the gallery exhibition “Prospect,” alongside other artists “renegotiating standardized locations and rethinking space”).
The construction and concerns of the video’s narrative nod to those of Hollywood musical numbers and classical cinema, as the piece self-consciously utilizes “invisible” editing devices, such as shot back-shot and progressions from establishing shots inward. By using the children’s software Microsoft 3D Movie Maker to create this animated sequence about sex and the city, I restricted myself to the physical spaces and “shots,” as well as the movements and costumes of characters, that were available within the computer program. Since these parameters cannot be altered within the program, and so impose more traditional framings and themes on any storyline that may be developed using it, I chose to work creatively within them during the animation process to both honor and subvert the form. Though I did choose to record and insert original dialogue and song into the piece during later stages of digital editing -- instead of utilizing the program’s complementary background music, soundbytes, and special effects -- I attempted to preserve a similar “copy-paste” aural aesthetic to that offered by 3DMM. In my re-edit in 2008, I chose to delete all pre-fabricated “environmental” sound (e.g., the hum of barroom conversation) that 3DMM otherwise automatically includes as part of each scene, and made other small edits.