Silent or low ambient videos investigate artists’ activities in the streets, while other videos with musical sound tracks likewise investigate creative use of public spaces. From quiet inquiries to over-the-top intensities, these works look at our communal activities from numerous angles, beholding the public conditions surrounding us: Living sculpture - Swapping semiotics - Historical roots - Dog catching – Working simultaneously on desktop and in Dubai - Subway reveries – Surveillance overkill - Slo mo martyrdom - Digital Graffiti - and Boarder Guardian
'Israeli Jewish White Male' - Rearranging the four words ISRAELI JEWISH WHITE MALE, the artists raises questions about identity.
Biography: Lior Bar was born and lived most of his life in Jerusalem, a place he describes as a field for clashing nationalistic forces, religious tones and historical changes. Much of his work is a response to his life there. He is currently working and studying in San Francisco.
News headlines are read over staged and real images of violence. A scalpel cuts a flesh-like substance in what at first appears to be a grotesque surgery, but eventually emerges as the creation of a bizarre dessert resembling an American flag. News headlines and political speeches overlay this and other images. The consequences of war and violence are considered in a troubling collage.
Biography: El-Soudani studied at the California Institute of the Arts for an MFA in Film and Video. Her video Hal Tara was chosen for a screening at the CalArts Showcase 2004 at Raleigh Studios, Chaplin Theater. She was awarded the Women in Film Scholarship in 2004. In her work, El-Soudani brings to the forefront provoking ideas that are relevant to the current political issues in the Middle East and the United States.
'Terrazzo' - It came from Hollywood Boulevard, "Home of the Homeless"! In a galaxy of stars, an animated pink terrazzo-patterned polyhedron is born.
Biography: Working with and nurturing eccentric public spaces, Laurel Beckman highlights perception and public display. Attending to themes at the crossroads of consciousness + social conditions, meta-physics + science, Beckman's practice investigates perceptual phenomena, language, the built environment, and animal-human relations. Employing a wide range of media and distribution strategies, her sanctioned and unsanctioned projects often enlist commercial and civic spaces in her efforts to contribute meaningfully to the cultural landscape and to our understanding of empathy. She is an associate professor of art at the University of California Santa Barbara.
2006 by Mikael Prey/Fetish 23
The video presents a complex layering of industrial and religious imagery and sound.
Biography: Mikael Prey was born in 1964. He attended the Royal University College of Fine Arts and lives in Stockholm. He creates intensely layered videos, is involved with the Thelemic world, and is a key organizer of the annual Spoken World Festival.