“Transition”, a video I created with the Electroncic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, including Elle Mehrmand, Ricardo Dominguez, Amy Sara Carroll and Brett Stalbaum, is being shown at the MIX 24 Queer Experimental Film Festival, along with another video from our group, “Precession”. I’m so thrilled about being included in this amazing program put together by Jian Chen.
Saturday, November 19 · 6:00pm - 7:30pm
From different regions and diasporas, NOISE brings together transgender/queer media insurrections in the globally networked information economy. These media shorts focus on the gender and sexual deviants, queer kin, street youth, activists, independent artists, laborers, migrants, and cultural workers that occupy the informal edges of conglomerate information infrastructures. More onscreen, online stream than film, video, game, performance, television, photography, or music, each piece exploits the interactivity, mobility, and liveness of networked media, rather than preserving the discrete aesthetics of medium, form, and genre. Together, they reject the replacement of one normative set of icons, images, messages, and protocols with another. And they flood the cocoons of atomized life in the so-called Age of Information with noise.
NOISE Curator: Jian Chen
NOISE featured media shorts:
SOUND SPECTRUM (World Premiere)
Directed by Kenya Robinson
(2010, USA, video, color, English, 0:40 minutes)
Neither mourning nor celebrating the transition from image to information, this piece shows the gradients of color, contrast, focus, and signal that flow through so-called white noise.
AVENTURAS FAMILIARES (US Premiere, uncensored version)
Directed by Cheto Castellano, Daniel Benavides, and Lissette Olivares
(2010, Chile, video and animation, color, Spanish with English subtitles, 29 minutes)
Journey from the countryside to the Santiago metropolis with a motley family that includes ex-prostitute matriarch Trans, robber-clown father Payaso, and porn star daughter Jot. Their epic search for their family tree brings them head-to-head with cyborg agents of the multinational media corporation that has seized the Chilean capital.
TRANSSEXUAL DOMINATRIX (New York Premiere)
Directed by Shawna Virago
(2011, USA, video, color, English, 3 minutes)
San Francisco underground muse, Shawna Virago, doles out lyrical pleasure-pain with a sweet growl. This power-femme flashes a whole arsenal of toys, singing “I do it for the leather, I do it for the power, I do it for the pleasure of two fifty an hour.”
TRANSITIONS #NEWYORKCITY (New York Premiere)
Directed by Nadine Hutton
(2011, South Africa/USA, cell phone video, color, English, 6:12 minutes)
Drawn from the cell phone album of the director, a renowned South African photojournalist, this cell video turns snapshots into transitioning windows that capture the creative lives of New York City transgender/queer artists. Playing with the limits of montage, these moving cell images give impressions of a past-future, just shy of a memoire, vignette, or narrative sequence.
TRANSBORDER IMMIGRANT TOOL: PRECESSION (US Premiere)
Directed by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 and BANG Lab
(2009, USA, video and animation, color, English, 1:37 minutes)
The Transborder Immigrant Tool, developed by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, retools GPS (Global Positioning System) for use on low-tech cell phones to help immigrants crossing the US-Mexican border. The Tool redirects technology used by nation-states to measure territory towards a more universal cosmology of celestial navigation, guiding human border-crossings across time.
Directed by Wanuri Kahui
(2009, Kenya/South Africa, video, color, English, 23 minutes)
This award winning science fiction film traverses the authoritarian desert ecology of an underground city, struggling to preserve its last natural resources in a futuristic Africa. In this parched dystopia, sedated androgynous citizens subsist at minimum vitality, confined indoors by command of the Maitu Council. A museum curator inside the city’s compounds attempts to escape outside, in the hopes of planting a rare, if not extinct, seedling.
TRANSBORDER IMMIGRANT TOOL: TRANSITION (US Premiere)
Directed by Electronic Disturbance Theater and BANG Lab
(2009, USA, video and animation, color, English and Spanish, 1:37 minutes)
Far from just an instrument, the Transborder Immigrant Tool is a mythic, poetic, and erotic recoding of technology. Re-oriented towards the embodied, migrant user of the cell phone, the Global Positioning System (GPS) can be re-rooted in the cellular and transcendental “tradition of migration, a tradition of long walks.”
BATH OF DIONYSIS (New York Premiere)
Directed by Yozmit
(2010, USA, video, color, Korean and English, 5:28 minutes)
Singer, performance artist, and costume designer Yozmit teleports us into a labyrinth, where we witness an initiation through ritual bath. Yozmit’s haunting voice, evoking traditional Korean pansori, and her metamorphosing body-costume revel in the interplay between beauty and confinement.
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