In Melancholia, one is immediately transfixed by the lilting, repetitive piano melody of Basinski's "The Saddest Melody Ever Heard". Drawn slowly through the dark veil of a lonely tunnel of trees, eventually the world is revealed, shining deceptively. Immediately one begins a bumpy journey around a dull and hollow shell, before being drawn back, away through the encroaching black veil that cloaks and colors all perception. Shot in Super-8 at the World's Fairgrounds in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY, Elaine & Basinski's Melancholia is a concise, darkly romantic psalm, an elegy, a love letter to a broken world.
Biography: James Elaine is an artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His films have been shown in festivals, museums and galleries around the world. His video, Variations, will be released in late 2004 in a DVD edition by IDEA RECORDS.
The ancient Greeks divided the night into four sections; the last section before morning was called the fourth watch. In these hours before dawn, an endless succession of rooms is inhabited by silent film figures occupying flickering space in a midcentury house made of printed tin. Their presence is at once inevitable and uncanny. A boy turns his head in dread, a woman's eyes look askance, a sleepwalker reaches into a cabinet which dissolves with her touch, and hands write letters behind disappearing windows. The rooms reveal themselves and fill with impossible, shadowed light. It is not clear who is watching and who is trespassing in this nocturnal drama of lost souls.
Biography: is an internationally recognized visual/performance artist and experimental filmmaker, whose work is known for its investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects, its sense of ambiguity, and its strength of design. One of the pioneers in the renaissance of American avant-garde object performance, Geiser has, for two decades, created innovative, hypnotic works which integrate puppets and performing objects with film and video.
Biography: Michele Beck (USA) and Jorge Calvo (Costa Rica) are multidisciplinary artists working with video, sound and performance. They have been working together for the past three years. Michele completed her Bachelors in Art History at New York University and Masters of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She currently teaches Digital Filmmaking at the New School University in New York City. Jorge pursued his studies in experimental theatre in Sydney, Australia. After finishing his training, he performed with the alternative theatre groups G.R.O.U.P and Dangerous Visions Theatre, both, which received funding from the Australian Arts Council. Michele and Jorge have shown their works internationally at film/video festivals.
Duque uses parallel screens to document the progression and contrast of both Day and Night.
Biography: Born in Mexico City on January 22 1978. Also brought up in the US. He spent his sophomore year of High School in Rhode Island and he finished his last year in Mexico City. Studied Graphic Design at U.N.A.M, the equivalent to the State University of the US. He switched to Visual Arts at La Esmeralda located in the National Centre of the Arts. His major interests have been on video and drawing.