Miracles on 163rd is a documentary video about a friend’s Christmas party in the Washington Heights neighbourhood of New York City where the artist have resided for some years. Presented in real time and without the artist’s commentary, it is an ethnographic study of race, gender and sexual politics. The video simulates the wandering eyes of the artist in an environment consisted of mostly African or Latino American males. It also poses questions on the role of the artist and explores who is the outsider in such a situation. In addition, the video looks at the decoration of the apartment as a study on the queer aesthetics, taking the viewers to look at how art and kitsch functions in everyday life.
Filmed in Digital-8 (2001)
Edited on DV
Music and Sound: Recorded on location