Thursday, February 20, 2003

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 6: Adventures in Video with Tommy Becker

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Tommy Becker’s videos combine spoken word, performance, music and costume design to create sentimental vignettes in which faceless individuals consistently find themselves in states of adversity. Music, sounds and spoken monologues accentuate Becker’s performance-based works, highlighting the humorous yet melancholy states of his characters as they struggle to shift perspectives, overcome alienation or refine behavioral patterns. Choral-like monologues, exaggerated gestures and obscured identities enhance the unearthly realm in which Becker’s characters enact their strange scenarios. Melodramatic scenes unfold in empty sets or against single-colored backdrops that place emphasis on physical movement, color, composition and sound. This screening, Becker’s first with Cinematheque, includes recent works such as bartholin-part 1, newfound freedom, aisheteru means i love you, and walden. Becker also will present a beguiling performance piece. (Total Mobile Home)