1. While an artist in residence at the Nida Art Colony in Neringa, Lithuania, I discovered an abandoned post soviet building complex near the seashore on park land. Built almost to completion, the complex sits unattended, next to several beach pedestrian paths. The walls and ceiling windows, once made of glass, now sit open, exposing the interior to the outside. Several small rooms, made of concrete, float within a larger wooden structure-- that is composed of a variety of geometric forms involving patterned surfaces, triangular windows, diamond-like beams, and linear obstructions. Constructivist in theory, the architectural plan and its remains create a dialogue with the history and future of the site, abstracted by a break in politics, the economy, and tourism.

    Screenprinted wallpaper design based on constructivist Battleship of Potemkin poster compositions-- wheatpasted within two concrete rooms on site.

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  2. Video animation of screenprinted edition of 28 sequential plaid patterns. 3:20 minutes.

    While screenprinting an edition of 28 plaid patterns, Jennifer Schmidt sequentially modulated the hue of each color printed, while pulling ink through the screen. From cyan to dark blue, magenta to fire red, chartreuse to dark green-- a mood ring-like color spectrum is performatively created, determined by artistic process, whim and effect.

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  3. 7min Excerpt of 4 hour 24 minutes

    3 Channel Video / 6 Channel Sound

    Hard Times / Scrabble Value: A Play in 2 Parts is an economic and textual analysis of the book “Hard Times” by Charles Dickens. By decoding the book via different filters: using Scrabble letter/number use values and noun pictorial representations, factual readings of the source material become “relatively” suggestive, posing a dialectical mode of reasoning and conversational word play.

    The 3-channel video is the duration of the audio book equivalent: 4 hours 24 minutes

    Design and Animation: Jennifer Schmidt
    Audio: Jennifer Schmidt

    *The quality of the video is compromised by viewing all video channels in 1 frame. When exhibited, each video channel would be independently projected or shown on a monitor.

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  4. Readers Digest features video footage of thousands of magazine pages becoming digested through analog video processing into a painterly scape of synthesized information-- pulling out graphics, colors and words indeterminately to form new compositions of popular information. The pages are animated sequentially to allow the graphics of the magazine pages to be a determinate of the flow and reception of content. The video footage was processed at the Experimental Television Center using equipment built by Nam June Paik, David Jones, and Dan Sandin. Sound occasionally comes in and out, generated by the machines.

    Photography and Animation: Jennifer Schmidt
    Analog Processing: Colin Asquith and Jennifer Schmidt

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  5. While at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, I wandered through a collection of fabric patterns-- swatches of material on furniture, dolls, clothes, bags, sheets and curtains-- folded on shelves and rolled along the walls. The collection becoming in essence something else: a stylistic portrait of a particular genre, defined by the visual patterns present (their designs and colors spanning 1960-1987).

    Psychedelic Swatch is a play on the idea of psychedelia and the generalized notion of what it represents.

    By layering 15 audio recordings that were recorded within Elsewhere, I was able to respond to the visuals of psychedelia within the video-- producing a stereo mix that's stylistically acid rock. Dense with tracks, the audio creates a hypnotic groove of feedback.

    Photography and Animation: Jennifer Schmidt
    Audio: Jennifer Schmidt

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