Friday, April 10, 2015

"End of Empire" Dallas Medianale exhibit reviewed in DMagazine

"the Nelsons’ piece is the highlight of the show. It consists of four projectors – a 16 mm, super 8 mm, video and slide projectors – each projecting on the wall a piece of an image of the Kodak headquarters in Rochester, New York. The result is a static image that is also a composite collage of mediums.

You don’t need the reference in title to immediately think of Andy Warhol’s film Empire. Like Warhol’s work, the Nelsons’ piece takes up questions implicit to the nature of film – the way filmic documentation transforms time into an abstraction, for instance – while also exposing the contingency of cinematic aesthetics on technology and economics. Ephemerality is built into the piece; the 16 mm and 8 mm celluloid will gradually deteriorate during the work’s life and eventually there won’t be any film stock being produced to restore or replace it. That active deterioration almost makes the projectors themselves feel like a kind of assemblage sculpture, while it is also directly relates the entire piece to the allegorical reference of Kodak’s towering corporate headquarters. There’s a wonderful irony here: the art work isn’t merely presenting an image, but is participating in a temporality that is directly related to the ephemeral nature of economic power, the use-and-dispose capitalistic life cycle symbolized by the conglomerated image of architectural monumentality."

excerpt from "Even if You Can’t Pronounce the Name, the Dallas Medianale Demands to Be Seen"

Sunday, November 30, 2014

End of Empire projection installation at MONO NO AWARE VIII, Brooklyn, NY December 6

Tara and I will be showing our large-scale homage to Kodak and Andy Warhol at Mono No Aware on December 6. This installation involves 4 formats of projected images to assemble the Kodak Tower. Formats include loops of 16mm, Super-8, 35mm slide and HD Video. All film used is Kodak Ektachrome reversal stock.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Screening in Rochester, NY: MOVIES FROM THE MULTIVERSE

This screening by film performance duo Shades of Fawn (Tara Merenda Nelson and Gordon Nelson) on November 7, 2014 at the Visual Studies Workshop includes a selection of favorite Super-8 and 16mm films made over the years along with some newer films. This screening will include our latest collaboration, SATURDAY NIGHT EXORCIST, a Super-8 sound live projection performance.

Full Program:

N VERSE
A struggle between the positive and the negative
Super 8 and 16mm 

Scarecrow Man
A found footage fiasco, ready-made
16mm

Microdots
A cacophony of zippotone
Super 8 sound

Saturday Night Exorcist
A super-8 mashup, edited live on 2 projectors!
Super 8 

Noisolpmi
Once upon a time, in Pittsburgh....
16mm w/ live soundtrack

In China
A travel diary on 2 projectors, edited live 
Super 8

60's Teen Dance Party
Psychedelic slow motion freak-out, live sound
16mm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Camera & Sound Work: Otto Piene Interview

I shot this interview with the amazing Otto Piene at his home in Groton, MA on February 8, 2014. I was assisted by Tara Nelson, who asked the questions. The video was commisioned by Senator Brian Tanaguchi and represents a collaboration between Somerville Community Access TV in Somerville, MA and Olelo Community Media in Honolulu, HI. Robbie Omura edited the finished video.

UPDATE: Sadly, Otto Piene passed away on July 17, 2014. It was such a great honor to have been able to spend a day with him at his home.  He was an extremely generous and kind host.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Article: What Was Jefferson Presents...? published in INCITE Journal Issue #4 EXHIBITION GUIDE

Look for my summary of the history of Jefferson Presents... in the great INCITE Journal of Experimental Media Issue #4 Exhibition Guide. This issue is jam-packed with fantastic articles and provides an excellent guide to the microcinema movement.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Garment District: Nature-Nurture (Sonic Boom Remix) music video

I guided the footage along on this music video for my friends, The Garment District. This version of Nature-Nurture was remixed by one of my heroes, Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.).



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Moving Images >> CUTS AND SUCH (extension) screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on June 13, 2013



Olivia Ciummo, an amazing artist/filmmaker who I go WAY back with, has organized this very cool screening in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, an organization that I am really proud to have been a part of for many, many years. I am showing a new collaborative super-8 film made with Mrs.Tara Nelson that we have called "Sad Mall" which was inspired by various sad malls around the country. The film is accompanied by an original Casio jam that Tara and I made for the film.  Tara is also screening her mind-blowing 16mm film "Hull." Other folks on the program include Olivia Ciummo, Ross Nugent, Ted Kennedy, Jennifer Montgomery & Michael A Morris + TBA!!!