Video

Performance and other interdisciplinary work made with video as the intended final product of the piece.








Poem of Sublime Proportion



A long poem of short lines written on/into the shoreline at 70+ locations around the Great Lakes over the course of four months circling the entire region. Editing in-progress towards a coherent long video comprised of uniform pans over each line in succession.



Naturalized



Group performance and installation for video exploring the connotations of nature in the rite of legal naturalization, and the idea of belonging to a place beyond the political and through the natural. Shot at Salem Art Works, NY.



A Purity Ball




An experimental short film with a loose narrative--a father and daughters on the evening of a "purity ball" are intercepted by an outsider's fantasies of the mainstream. Featuring a musical performance by Maya Kuroki and Alexis Farand. Shot in rural Minnesota and at Salem Art Works, NY.



BFE USA



Performance and installation for video addressing the loaded, tragic 9-11 twin towers attack by transposing it onto the benign, equally symbolic twin Budweiser towers near where I grew up in Columbus, OH.

"He lives out in BFE."

In the Midwest and other parts of the US, 'BFE' is slang for a location in the middle of nowhere; far from the familiar; a place with no relevant social assets: 'Butt Fuck, Egypt.' This ‘backwards’ pairing not only implicitly attacks sexuality by targeting homosexuality, but also the Middle East by targeting Egypt - all things foreign.

Ironically, to many in the US and surely the world, The Midwestern state of Ohio (where I grew up with the term) would perfectly fit the definition – a place where life is typified by tv, beer, and cars. Yet, in numerous presidential elections, Ohio has been pivotal in determining America’s leadership and political agenda, with voters’ perceptions of terrorism and the post-9/11 world playing a strong part in that.

Columbus, Ohio’s Budweiser factory by I-270 is a powerful, ongoing symbol of the above tensions in holding together the tragic icon of the World Trade Center attack with the rampant vices of typical America. In BFE USA, this is ‘framed’ by an on-site installation and performance on video, and 'underscored' by a politically lucid Osama Bin Laden speech released during the 2004 election which received little substantive media attention apart from being cast in religious-extremist terms.

Shot by Amira Soliman on I-270 in Columbus, OH.