The Vault (February - March, 2013)

Laura Elrick, Duriel E. Harris, Christine Hume, Sean Hurley, KBD(uo), Roman J. Leyva, Jose Alberto Luna, Timothy David Orme, Stephen Petrus, Scott Rankin, Davor Sanvincenti, Marko Tadic, Lauren Voss, Catherine Wagner, Petra Zlonoga
February 01 - March 29, 2013

The Vault functions as a media flat file-a converted walk-in safe where audiences can experience a variety of video and audio art. Work is added to The Vault on a rolling basis where it remains on view for approximately six months before rotating out. Viewers have the remote control in their hands to select the work they would like to experience.

Currently in The Vault: Video

Davor Sanvincenti (Croatia)
Blue arpeggios, 2012
Blue arpeggios is a time work which avoids the structural narrative and can be grasped as a metaphor for consciousness, perception or as a reflection on the individual position in nature. The fixed gaze becomes an exploration for subjective world of perception, cognition and imagination. The music composed by Francisco L?pez evokes and strengths the inner landscape of associations.
Expires: 5/17/12

Marko Tanic (Croatia)
We used to call it: Moon., 2012
Marko Tadic creates unusual haunting worlds. His video animations have a form of a fantastic visionary travelogues in imaginary landscapes, shaping fictive narrative worlds that are exploring models of history, science fiction and future perspectives.
Expires: 5/17/12

Petra Zlonoga (Croatia)
Daniil Ivanovic, You are Free, 2012
Dear Daniil,
love has no name, is that not so?
I enjoyed every minute we spent apart,
but engagements are off.
See you later,
Expires: 5/17/12

Currently in The Vault: Curated

Rustbelt Sightsound Collisions is a collection of sound and video art for The Vault curated by Tom Orange. From the curator:

"Rustbelt Sightsound Collisions locates video as both the site bringing these two communities together and the medium pushing these poets and musicians into new forms of expression, challenging my own assumptions about their work in the process. Here word and sound combine with moving images, all reflective of and/or speaking to/from the rust belt experience: urban decay, the latest technology, anxiety, repressive state apparatuses, insomnia, trauma, mental illness and torture, collide, here as they do in everyday rustbelt life, with love, intimacy, ritual, transformation, liberation, release, restored equilibrium, and sheer wonder at the full scale of our surroundings from the smallest molecule to the grandest cosmic shuddering."

All work in Rustbelt Sightsound Collisions expires 3/30/13.

Laura Elrick
Stalk is part dystopian urban cartography, part spatial-poetic intervention. This video/poem tracks a solitary figure (dressed iconically in the manner of a Guantanamo detainee) as it shuffles through work-a-day Manhattan at lunchtime.

Duriel E. Harris
Black Magic, 2012
This sound poem emerged from the artist's ruminations upon several interrelated ideas: the social, psychological and cultural facets of power; the use of language as an instrument of domination and/or liberation; and the body (self) as a subject.

Duriel E. Harris
girl, 8
girl, 8 is a sound poem—a rumination upon dissociation and an archived news headline: "Girl, 8, Found Buried Alive." Along with Black Magic, it will be released on the album Black Magic: Meditations on Breath (Asian Improv Records)

Duriel E. Harris and Scott Rankin
Speleology is collaboration between poet Duriel E. Harris and video artist Scott Rankin based on Harris's eight-poem polyvocal sequence "Speleology"—a meditation that likens the investigation of trauma to the exploration of caves.

Christine Hume and Sean Hurley
Somniloquy with Interruptions
Somniloquy with Interruptions is a collaboration of sound/text, by Christine Hume, and image by Sean Hurley. The insomniac self-interrogations here take the form of involuntary memory and identity-restlessness drenched in panic.

The Ranter
The Ranter is the perfect complement to John Milton's "Paradise Lost" or Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan." Sonic accompaniment for the war between heaven and hell, or the battle of each against all.

In Overdrive, computers speak an unheard language, and this is unrelenting electronic uproar. The machines will have their say; we do well to listen.

Death Rattle
In Death Rattle, transmissions and signals from the center of the solar system are captured every few moments before fading into static. There are larger cycles affecting us at every instant of which we are often completely unaware.

Left Off
"The game of chess is like a sword fight. You must think first, before you move." This match is George Rotlewi vs. Akiba Rubenstein (Lodz, 1907), known as "Rubenstein's Immortal" for his innovative defensive strategy.

Gravity Arch
This work is a study in tension & release, causes & effects using video of the 1928 Saint Francis Dam disaster in California. See Donald Worster's "Rivers of Empire" for a thorough consideration of the consequences of a hydraulic society.

Roman J. Leyva
Reason features found and manipulated footage of mentally ill humans and the victims of "reasonable" scientific torture. The viewer can decide who is who.

Jose Alberto Luna
un?in?hab?ritual is composed over 2300 prepared stills with an original accompanying score, also composed by the artist. This works places emphasis on the importance of dance as a gatherer of people for social celebration.

Stephen Petrus
Frozen In Morphia, 2009
Frozen in Morphia is a short March 2009 film adaptation based on the novel Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley, Intended to show the use of opiates for what they are, barring all romantic visions of drug enlightenment.

Stephen Petrus
Today You Died
In Today You Died, made for the German Dark Industrial group Haus Arafnam Stephen Petrus uses compiled footage from Petrus family 8mm films, filmed in 1958 at a funeral of a relative. The intent is to depict the hollow nightmare of the grieving process.

Leigh Silverblatt
i addresses the strange psychological effects of possessing an iPhone. Sound elements of the piece are produced entirely by an iPhone.

Rodrigo Toscano
Super Solid
This slideshow was constructed on proletarian American jitters, cross-cultural "compatibilities" and the ideological warping that continuously reconstitutes aesthetic intentionality. It was composed for "A Conference on Contemporary Poetics and Political Antagonism" presented by Small Press Traffic, May 30-31, 2008 (relaunched in 2012).

Lauren Voss
Untitled Lake Piece
Untitled Lake Piece is shot from the perspective of a grain of sand. The video uses focal range and time and sound distortion to emphasize the foreboding presence of the incoming tide.

Catherine Wagner and Timothy David Orme
A Pattern
A Pattern is a poem by Catherine Wagner with video by Timothy David Orme.

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