Thursday, March 27, 2003

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 10: Psychogenre Re-visions, New Work by Bobby Abate

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Bobby Abate’s recent work forges radical paths of queer desire and genre criticism through film, video and the internet. Tonight, for his first appearance at Cinematheque, Abate arrives from New York City with a scintillating suitcase of vital new work. Abate’s 16mm films The Tanti Man, The Zero Order and Chisholm invoke Kenneth Anger-esque horny montage fantasies of personal psychodrama and popular culture syncopated to nostalgic tunes. One Mile Per Minute is, in Abate’s words, “a look at the generation of the ‘culture jammed’ consumer preened with ‘Friends’ hair, ‘Survivor’ courage and CNN awareness.” Abate’s Real Videos log on to “the breakdown of identity, communication and human relationships via the internet.” (Total Mobile Home)