Reality Fragment 160921 by Qigemu
Our own histories are always under curation, and as such, our perspectives become the central point in the building of personal realities. How do these multiple lived worlds, each their own amalgamation of memories, sensations, thoughts, coexist with de facto presentations of distance, history, and totality? How is this coexistence mediated if one is an actor in the online realm? The Internet functions as yet another parallel universe, but likewise an explicit symbol of the traversing between the subjective and the objective — a symbol in the questioning of solitary truths.
Reality Fragment 160921 follows two people in their process of reality-curation, as they create their own spaces against and via understandings of distance, as they go through the motions of growing themselves by growing their universes. We witness not only their movements, but also partake in the thoughts of two witnesses and how by seeing these two people, worlds are merged. In turn, we ask you, a viewer of this film and thus also a witness, to pay attention to your own movements of perception and reflect around the ways in which you build your own world. Who have you merged your world with, and what does that mean for the subjective truths you tend to?
Reality Fragment 160921 is Qigemu’s debut film. Using footage they collected during a summer together, they decided to create a film, writing and editing through Skype calls between Los Angeles and Stockholm. Thus, the piece simultaneously materializes this iterative process of reflection as well as its result. Due to its organic conception, Reality Fragment 160921 transcends the boundaries of distinct genres, encompassing docu-fiction, experimental narrative, and video art in its structural form and use of aesthetic storytelling mechanisms.
七个木 Qigemu 七個木 is a duo consisting of lovers April Lin and Jasmine Lin exploring the interstices of movement, visual media, identity, and the global Asian diaspora as respectively, Chinese-Swedish and Taiwanese-American. Using the potential of this hybrid space, Qigemu engages in conversations dealing with bodies, information, and energies, and how these are conceptualized in the Internet Age. A central element of Qigemu’s creative process is learning to understand the growth of their relationship and of themselves, and no endeavor that is embarked on, whether analytical, emotional, or spiritual, is impersonal nor detached. Qigemu is committed to broadening what it means to be queer and Asian, constructing alternative narratives of subversive existence grounded in un-learning and un-teaching exclusionary ways of movement and existence.
Beautiful Noise by Henry Davis
In my practice I like to concentrate on the unsaid, the cataclysmic and the domestic. Examining the liminal and subversive I uncover strict silent codes and my work serves to tease out the dichotomy between safe public environments and private, intimate experiences. For the project Beautiful Noise I returned to my family home. I stripped the dwelling of all contents leaving only main pieces of furniture. Constantly changing perspectives sometimes forces a child’s point of view. The focus is on what normally lies unseen and hidden; the underside of the dining room table, dust, a forgotten nail. These tangible, uncovered ‘pieces of evidence’ are not the whole story and I like to think of them as markers to point to that which cannot been seen or touched. The films climax is not really an ending at all as a sense of ongoing surveillance, of unfinished business prevails. The films are scrutinising the elements of home as an empty setting, they are meditations on absence, loss and (just) after. Adding to the uncanny familiarity and (dis)quiet the audio is restrained to a few exterior sounds exclusive to this dwelling. Being simultaneously nostalgic and definitive to present day visits they conflate past with present and for all their forensic precision the films convey both expectation and loss. A sense that something is about to happen prevails as does the feeling that they are remanence, evidence of enduring yet absent energy .
Henry Davis (born 1970) works out of a studio in New Cross, South East London, Uk. He uses film and sculpture to examine how identity is constructed through biographical and cultural influences. Inferring and referencing the repressed and subconscious his practice sits in a liminal space between authenticity and facade, reality and fantasy.
Them (or Things My Ex-Boyfriends Have Actually Said To Me) By Jamie Janković
The non-linear narrative of this experimental ‘docudrama’ follows the filmmaker (Jamie) performing a re-enactment of their time in an abusive relationship, viewed from the POV of their abuser, friends and loved ones. Each of these characters view a different construction of Jamie: Jamie as a sex object, Jamie pretending to be in a happy relationship, and Jamie verbally, physically and mentally affected by the abuser and events of the relationship. The film shifts the visual focus away from the abuser and focuses on the victim for the entire duration of the film, allowing the audience to directly observe the ramifications and effects of abuse.
Jamie Janković is a trans artist filmmaker born in Plymouth, England in 1995, now living in London and currently enrolled on the Experimental Film MA at Kingston University. They graduated from Kingston University in 2017 with a BA in Media & Communication and Sociology and for this reason their research interests focus on interrogating various social issues, specifically examining: social constructs, representation in media, gender performance and stereotypes, visual culture and the relationship between the authentic and constructed self. Their practice revolves around presenting their findings as an experimental audio-visual experience, acting as an educational yet accessible and engaging alternative to essay writing and academia, with the primary aim of raising awareness of the under or misrepresented.
TRANS:formation by Mariam Magsi
Documenting a member of the Trans community of Toronto, Canada, while discussing themes related to gender, sexuality and identity.
Mariam Magsi: Multidisciplinary Artist with an MFA from OCAD University in Art, Media & Design.
by Jose Luis Benavides
Through a collection of episodic journal entries and poetic investigations, the voice of the young artist Amanda Cervantes reenacts the queer, Latina youth of Lourdes Benavides aka Lulu, my mother. Drawn from a larger experimental documentary project called Lulu en el Jardín, this video-poem divulges previously untold aspects of my mother’s experiences and story. I imagine here my mom writing while being institutionalized at Chicago-Read Mental Health Center when she was a teenager in the mid 1970s. Rather than embody her voice these passages reflect an interior, psychological landscape, a private place of reflection and consciousness muted by the institution and the insidious powers of homophobic and patriarchal Western culture. Credits: Written and Directed by Jose Luis Benavides Performance by Amanda Cervantes Work cited: Anne Furse, Augustine (Big Hysteria), 1997
Jose Luis Benavides (b. 1986 Chicago, IL) is a queer Latinx artist, filmmaker and educator. His works focus on issues of historicity, social narratives and voice. His work often merges an in-depth archival practice and an intensive research-based practice with poetry, video and theoretical investigation. He recently held his first solo show at Terremoto in Mexico City (2018). He was recently awarded the Mamarrat (Paths) Artist Residency for Qalandiya Internatonal (2018). His work has screened at The Nightingale (2017); Links Hall (2016) and as part of festivals including Collected Voices (2018); 2nd Floor Rear Festival (2017); and S2F2: Scored Silent Film Festival (2013). He has performed under the moniker luigi and as himself at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (2018); 65GRAND (2018); Elastic Arts (2017); and Terrain Biennial (2017). He received an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.
All Alone Before Frozen Gods
by Elizabeth Vazquez
We drive through an unconcerned landscape. analogue transmutations briefly engage our distracted memories. there is no signal here. there is some here. thoughts are carelessly misplaced along the way. we don’t need them anyway…gotta stop. gotta stop. gotta stop…even our piss is arid. we keep driving. everyone is alone now. some of us are asleep. an untucked republican with a fully loaded erection approaches us: “do you ever dream en español?” he sure asks a whole lotta questions. in the distance a jagged boulder mingles with the stars. “how much longer must we make meaning?” “it doesn’t matter, the myth is dead.” we get to the border and kick dirt into each other’s eyes. “Your America is a beautiful, dangerous lie.”
When Elizabeth T. Vazquez isn’t making bad decisions, they try to make things that their parents will not understand. They currently live in Los Angeles and still talk about chemtrails.
Pulpa by Nina Corti
Pulpa is an exploration about the pornographic exhibition of intimacy in digital media. Juicy inner exploration of the inner forests and oceans. An erotic-gastronomic-visual experience.
Nina Corti is an interdisciplinary artist from Buenos Aires Argentina. Her work includes sound art, photography, installations and video. She’s drawn to a collage way of approaching things that involves an ethnographer practice of documenting and collecting elements to find new and unexpected connections resulting in non-linear narratives (hyperlinks, loops and rhizomatic structures). Butoh hacker, lover of bardo concept and militant of the sudaca feeling, She presented her works and sound performances in Flux Factory – New York -, Agora Collective – Berlin -, Cafe Oto – London, A3 Gallery – Moscu. She believes that movement and wandering along limits (geographical, political, social, temporal, etc.) are essential for her artistic practice so at the time she’s traveling full time around Europe.
Counter-Charge by Alex Hovet
In the 1989 adult-oriented computer series, Leisure Suit Larry wanders the jungle of a colonized village searching for love, which he finds, after a multitude of failed romantic interactions, with Passionate Patti, a perfect and unattainable woman. In an act of cathexis, Larry’s energies concentrate on Patti in a complex of libido, love, and gender expression that leads Larry/Patti on an investigation of duality. Performed by an ASMR reader, bell hooks’ meditations on love attempt to guide them, but are rejected and re-purposed by the game’s instinct. Blocked by his own ego and the constructs of the game in which he wanders, Larry’s desires are continually repressed.
Alex Hovet is a visual artist based in New York City. Her work in video has been included in exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally, including the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, the Berlin Experimental Film Festival, the Sweet ‘Art Gallery in London, and Nieuwe Vide Gallery in the Netherlands. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA from Bennington College in Vermont.