The screening programme presents three very different artists - Shana Moulton, Hannah Black and George Jacotey. It is a playful look at the body, its concomitant paranoias, ideas and expectations.
Shana Moulton “Repetitive Stress Injuries” (2008), 12:26’
Hannah Black “The Neck” (2014), 3:14’
DEEP4U: George Jacotey Kimmo Modigi, Jennifer Chani, Shawné Michaelain Holloway “Hot New World Viewz” (2016), 2:03’
Shana Moulton is a New York based media artist who explores contemporary anxieties through her filmic alter ego, Cynthia. She creates evocatively oblique narratives in her video and performance works. Combining an unsettling, wry humor with a low-tech, Pop sensibility, Moulton plays a character whose interactions with the everyday world are both mundane and surreal, in a domestic sphere just slightly askew. Cynthia is intimately autobiographical, a kind of psychedelic self-portrait set up to explore living and ageing and believing in a world where prescription drugs, beauty products and spiritual principles all carry equal weight. As her protagonist travels through variety of anxiety-fuelled situations and navigates the enigmatic and possibly magical properties of her home decor, Moulton initiates relationships with objects and consumer products that are at once banal and uncanny.
Shana uses colorful psychedelic performance to describe pathetic situations with humorous surrealism.
“Repetitive Stress Injuries” (2008) follows the artist's alter-ego, Cynthia, as she is taken on a journey by her posture-improving cervical traction device.
Hannah Black is an artist, writer and editor currently based in Berlin. Her essays, videos as well as her Twitter presence invite you to unpack deep-seated ideas about bodies, identity, and power through poetic and sharp exposés on the politics of intimacy and alienation. Her work is assembled from pop music and autobiographical fragments and draws on feminist, communist and black radical thought. Almost always writing from the perspective of lived experience, Black occupies the space between vital critique and self-deprecating sarcasm that provokes self-evaluation without being alienating.
“The Neck” (2014) deconstructs Black's understanding of a female body as a child.
Georges Jacotey is s Athens based performance, and visual artist who works with video, gender and the problematisation of identity – on and offline. He is currently examining notions of queer art, queer representation, gender-fluidity, self-improvement and self-publication using the internet as his primary tool and territory. His work questions and critiques issues such as gender representation and the relationship between creativity and poverty in a post financial crisis world.
“Hot New World Viewz” (2016), which is playful quest of identity, assimilation and body image. This video is a collective work in collaboration with Kimmo Modig, Jennifer Chan and Shawné Michaelain Holloway as DEEP4U.