a video in 3 parts. screenable with or without accompanying musical performance.
I recently became fascinated with old videos of legendary singer/actor Liza Minelli. After watching one of her most popular movies, Cabaret, I wanted to get a deeper perspective of her life and her family. I watched many early performances, interviews, and anecdotes. I loved getting an intimate view of the person who was behind the work. I began experimenting with the speed playback of her performances, by jogging, scrambling, and repeating frames and micro-phrases. The process involved my fingers drawing various shapes, lines, circles on my laptop trackpad. I captured a video that stretched 10 seconds into 10 minutes. The result was an agitated meditation on each tonal moment of a given song, turned into a rich drone; each facial gesture manifested into a study of human effort. The rewarding part of these explorations was my own effort. This video, now an ongoing series, required only the most authentic and organic performance in order to generate. Creating the work was a process of discovery while watching each moment of newly dissected material take shape. The process unfolded spontaneously, making music out of the subject, using discreet new gestures, loops, swipes, and analyzing what worked, and what did not. Further discovery led to my body suspending my laptop at various angles for different times of physical engagement with the trackpad, at times cradling and shaking my machine with one arm, for doubly fast motion between the track pad and my fingers. Very little editing was required in the end, and I felt happy that I was able to make something that echoes glitch-based video art, as well as minutely edited sound, but requires such a raw physical gesture to perform / create. This new work is inspired specifically by the works of filmmaker Martin Arnold, and composer Bob Ostertag.