The origin of Passage Legacy project is The Passage Film and Poetry Festival 2006, a unique blend of video art, poetry and philosophy that Jeffrey Charles Stanley presented in a university theater in rural Murray, Kentucky. Two years later, he organized…
The origin of Passage Legacy project is The Passage Film and Poetry Festival 2006, a unique blend of video art, poetry and philosophy that Jeffrey Charles Stanley presented in a university theater in rural Murray, Kentucky. Two years later, he organized a followup exhibition referred to as Passage 2008, where he invited me to participate as a means to expand and bring work from abroad that otherwise would not have exposure in a small rural community. For this manifestation, we prompted artists and filmmakers with the question: what is the human condition? And a selection of 8 experimental videos submitted from the United States and France was presented in Murray State University and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
The true essence of our curatorial collaboration evolved extensively with Passage 2009, a yearlong project in the form of a video exquisite corpse between 17 artists from the United States, France, and Canada. This time, instead of an open call we invited and commissioned individually each artist to create an original work after a specific literary quote (each his/her own). All the quotes were previously gleaned and edited by us with the help of a poet, Jonathan Regier, in order to design an overall, albeit loose dreamy narrative structure (libretto) for the exquisite corpse and embark the viewers in a three-act journey (I The Falling Asleep, II The Visions, III The Waking Up). The result was premiered in Paris at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, where all participants were finally revealed to each other and the public.
The artists, who embarked on this journey, were Vadim Bernard, Violaine Boutet de Monvel, Joshua Bronaugh, Vincent Ciciliato, Natacha Clitandre, Emma Dusong, Kristina Felix, Eric Hovis, Robert Melton, Jacques Perconte, Jonathan Regier, Rbt Sps, Jeff Stanley, Michael Taylor, Johanna Vaude, and Ricky Yanas.
This experience left us with a strong desire to pursue this joint effort and engage with both artists and the public in a new, more politically conscious and awakened venture, in which art would no longer be drawn from a seclude or secretive place, but challenge our future through the visionary examination of the present socioecomic state of the world. This new project, referred to as Passage Legacy, will be a reboot of the attempts of previous Passage festivals to expand and investigate critical thinking within video and digital art making.