Here are my DVDs. Think of them as four slender disks filled with disturbing, weird art and video for the discerning viewer. I admit to being a gesamtkunstwerk-aholic. That’s why there’s four.
BAD MIND TIME™—the interactive web-based experience—is a multi-layered, syncretic, exploration of digital art. Using imagery that is both visceral and virtual, random and maze-like strands of narrative and quirky animation unfold before users as they explore a variety of interactive modules. Navigating through the animated-icon interface, they are invited to administer electro- convulsive therapy, create bad poetry, paint landscapes of body parts, and explore random and interactive theatre, text, imagery, and music. A journey into the shadows cast by the digital age, BAD MIND TIME™ is interactive mind-candy in the guise of high art, or vice-versa.
Now, a disc of material created the same time as the interactive site—BAD MIND TIME™ ULTRA DVD—is available. It includes music (Cyborg Symphony™, Thunder, Perfect Mind; Chairs; Bowed Metal; Phobia Nova), the art exhibition mockumentary Motelhaus, and a number of short films (the 8-minute sock puppet epic American Sock™, Noir Hotel™, Motion Studies™, and Nephew™), plus an image gallery from the BAD MIND TIME™ website.
ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™: It’s the 21st century, and time to re-invent opera, but in a way that’s more fun, less scary’n’pretentious, and a little effed up. ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™ is a DVD that gives you what you need to put on your own version of my superneat postmodern opera of the same name—a do-it-yourself kit where you and your friends wear iPods and sing along with what you hear (available as free download) while acting out in front of your widescreen TV! This is not just a DVD you pop into your player and kick back to watch. It collides karaoke, gaming, reality-show performance, live video jamming, and electronic music: you make it with whatever resources you have. It takes time, some study, and a willingness to experiment to put this on, and you really have to perform and produce it to see the full effect. Because this is sorta making opera open-source and wiki-fied. Are you up for this? Cool!
In ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™, the performance and production is outsourced to you, the audience. We all act and sing for our own little internet videos all the time, right? And since we’ve all been emotionally and psychologically damaged, it shouldn’t be a big stretch for us to work through our own small issues by producing some truly disturbing avant-garde musical theatre in our own homes. ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™ provides a framework for meaning and loss in the digital age—imagine that!
About the story: the original Anatomy of Melancholy was a huge mock-medical treatise written in 1632 by Robert Burton that explores the symptoms, characteristics, and treatment of melancholy. It’s often regarded as a great work of comic prose. My version of ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™ tells the largely static and undramatic story of three aesthetic experience engineers—geeky artists with training in gene, nanotech, and brain chemistry engineering—and their varying triangulations of work, competition, love, and betrayal. It takes place in a thoroughly dystopic yet recognizable future landscape, where life is cheap and lived fast, under the unbearable scrutiny of big, inflexible political structures. Guerilla medical experiments, liquid porn, mandatory class war, courtesy executions, and amateur spiritualism intrude and annoy this brave trio. So, the opera could broadly be described as a comedy, even though all the main characters eventually, uhm, die.
What are you waiting for? Start rehearsing now! Post your scenes on the ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY™ blog and watch as the whole sad work gradually emerges!
Included free of charge: lacunae in the narrative fabric and ambiguity in the performance instructions! This makes it art, right out of the box!
TRIAGE™ is a set of three short ambient films: HOVER™, PROJEK IAGHT™, and FLESHY™.
HOVER™ is a single seamless shot that starts with a psychedelic olive, and we pull back to reveal the zombies in bed, and we pull back further to reveal sinister figures hovering over the abyss, and we keep pulling back to see this is all just a reflection in a shiny hubcap. In the original version, we continue to pull back to show the sacrificial maiden on the field of hubcaps, the multiplicity of maiden/hubcap planets, and on to an infinity that brings us back to the psychedelic olive. But the final film stops when we first realize someone’s holding the hubcap: to show more than that would be just too obvious.
PROJEK IAGHT™ is film created from internet image searches using Google, Flickr, Yahoo, and so forth. Words searched included graffiti, urban art, DJ, skateboard, hiphop, breakdance, and tatoo, plus more generic or street terms like cool, party, kromp, yo, freak, pimp, playa, and iaght. Each image lasts one frame, there’s 30 frames per second, and the film lasts about 3 1/2 minutes.
The soundtrack is a layering of microsongs – actual pop songs compressed in time to last about 5 seconds each.
FLESHY™ is an extended essay in motion, color, and texture that lasts almost 20 minutes. The source material is a ballet of six performers’ hands and arms, and the overall effect is created by layering, blurring, and offsetting about 90 layers of video.
Learn the exciting basics of making film from A Boy And His Dog™! It’s all here in FILMDOG™. SkyRon™ narrates footage I shot as a teen, and takes you on a wild ride explaining camera, lighting, editing, sound, animation, and story—all you need to know to create a film!
Plus, there’s those useful comments supplied by Ditto the Film Dog™! And as an added feature, you’ll see all these principles in action in the moving film-within-a-film (epicenter), a story of alienation and youthful violence, regret, and deth!
FILMDOG™ is a digital remix of a youthful, misguided Super 8 film project I shot between 1972 and 1975 as a teenager. Then, nearly 30 years later, I re-cut it, and added the quirky and annoying voice of SkyRon™ (Skynard Ronstein, the famously de-institutionalized Digital Media Idiot of Our Age) to filter the original material through experience, cynicism, and an exquisite weariness with the ways of the world.
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