Jodie Mack: Dusty Stacks of Mom
Works by Laida Lertxundi, Jodie Mack, Sarah Grace Nesin, Alee Peoples, Jessie Stead and Karen Yasinsky
Audition (2012) by Karen Yasinksy; digital video, color, sound, 4 minutes, from the maker. bay area premiere.
“The starting point for Audition was the movement of the stripper across the stage in the red light. I rotoscoped the scene and each frame is hand drawn pixels. Once I realized that the sound attached to the source scene was the impetus for the remembered image, the rest of the video revealed itself. Hand-drawn animation and digital video.” (Karen Yasinsky)
The Room Called Heaven (2012) by Laida Lertxundi (Spain/USA); 16mm, color, sound, 11 minutes, print from the maker. bay area premiere.
“American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds.* Plans américains show color and temperature shifts while an emotional room tone is sustained for the length of a 400ft camera roll.” (Laida Lertxundi)
*Vision: Sound on Screen, Michel Chion.
Them Oracles (2012) by Alee Peoples; 16mm, color, sound, 3 minutes, from the maker. bay area premiere.
“Them Oracles is an essay on oracles in the city and this present day. What can they look and sound like, and what are the weighted questions that humans might ask these ethereal beings?” (Alee Peoples)
Double Eagle (2011) by Sarah Grace Nesin; digital video, color; sound, 6 minutes, from the maker. bay area premiere.
“Double Eagle (October 2011) is one of a cycle of nine songs composed in video-form between summer 2011 and spring 2012 called White Witch/Bluff City. It is essentially a diaristic narrative about 9/11, prep school, the culture of finance (the men of finance), the space of Manhattan’s Financial District (my birthplace) and all its acting and reenacting ghost vibrations/ghost scenes/ghost plays, steakhouse menus, Town & Country magazine prose, hermetically sealed condos, interiors and exteriors, my Jazz Age past life—dreams, shreds, parts. It’s impressionistic, creepy-trill, a drunk/dull/sleepy poem about After Empire sung somewhat underwater, smoked and muffled by a blue, New Age cloud, all collapsed and hilarious: yesterday today and tomorrow. On a spacey hunt for satisfact-chun, everything unfolds wrong; everything is foiled… Fate is everywhere; freedom is an illusion. I turn to glimpse Sodom and become salt. I cry, ‘whose desire fills this space??!!’” (Sarah Grace Nesin)
How to Quit Smoking at the Moon Hotel (2012) by Jessie Stead; digital video, color, sound, 6 minutes, from the maker. bay area premiere.
“How to Quit Smoking at the Moon Hotel is a neo-nocturne detailing a small transaction staged in a coin-operated elevator in a downloaded lunar hotel. Starring director Jessie Stead as ‘a moonlighter.’” (Jessie Stead)
Dusty Stacks of Mom (2013) by Jodie Mack; digital video, color, sound, 42 minutes, from the maker. world premiere.
“Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice-over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.” (Jodie Mack)
Musicians (in order of appearance): Mark Gallay, Alex Inglizian, Eric Ostrowski, Brad Smith, Ali Mattek, Philip Hermans, Ryan Maguire, Kent Lambert, Jon Satrom, and experimental metal girl group T.I.T.S. (Wendy Farina, Abby Kerins, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough and Kim West).