The music video for Lola Kirke’s ”Sexy Song” serves as a visual exploration of body language, sexual identity and performance in circumstances of seduction, rejection, power, obsession, assimilation and rebellion. I directed this video guided by the following questions: - How do we currently convey our desires and our desirability by using well-understood, hyper-sexualized gestures and tropes? - What does this cinematic body language look like when we appropriate it from various media and perform it in the flesh, in front of our phones? - Are we turned on by the sense of control and power we experience with our carefully choreographed digital seductions? - What happens to the nature of this performance when it doesn't yield the desired result? - How does it feel when our performance generates a heightened sense of isolation rather than the intimacy and connection we seek?
”A Gateway to Tomorrow” was a sound installation I curated as part of 501c3’s exhibition titled 9800. Without having set foot in the space, artists from Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and London were assigned individual cubicles on the fifth floor of 9800 Sepulveda Blvd. Based on images of each room and a description of the space, every artist submitted a proposal via voicemail explaining how they would approach the space: what they might fill it with, what they might do in it, or what they might do to it. This exercise was in effort to trap the plan, and stew in the phase of the creative process where we get sick on our own fantasy. Each artist's recording was played on a loop in their respective rooms during the exhibition, creating a sound installation of different plans and possibilities. The exhibition was covered by Sasha Frere-Jones for the Los Angeles Times.
The following artists created sound works for this installation: Brandon Ndife, Win McCarthy, Sara Grace Powell, Ian Markell, Audrey Snyder, Felix Melia, Dylan Corbett, Grace Denis, Bennet Schlesinger, Rachel Libeskind, Brendan Lynch, Theo Mercier, Austin Meredith, Jane Moseley, Daniel Peterson, and Gus Thompson.
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR FOR M2M
Interior/Exterior is an episodic film series for Made to Measure on Apple TV. The two-pronged interviews investigate varying relationships to our domestic landscape through the objects, signs and symbols we surround ourselves with at home, and reveal how the environments in which we live impact the people we are and are yet to become. Interior/Exterior is an on-going film series: this year's films are being shot primarily in Los Angeles and New York.
STATION TO STATION
My work for Doug Aitken began in 2011, working first out of 303 Gallery in New York, I assisted editor Karen Marta with 100 YRS, a retrospective of Aitken's work published by Rizzoli. It was later that year, as we laid the groundwork for the cross-country multimedia event Station to Station, researching and scouting cities, artists, and musicians nationwide, that I began learning how to shoot video, conduct interviews, and employ still and moving image in print and on screen.
As our work on Station to Station continued into 2012, I created and produced photo and video content for the project, and continued to do so through 2013. Finally, in September of that year, the multimedia happenings of Station to Station were staged in 10 different American cities. Once the train left the station, my focus shifted to helping coordinate and document each happening in real time, as well as helping to document the cross country train ride itself, which carried the artists, musicians, and performers from venue to venue. Collaborators included Patti Smith, Beck, Thurston Moore, Mark Bradford, Giorgio Moroder, Cat Power, Lawrence Weiner, Suicide, Gary Indiana, Savages, Olafur Eliasson, Black Monks of Mississippi, Stephen Shore and others. After the project wrapped, I shifted gears toward editorial assistance on the Station to Station film, book and Blind Spot Magazine issue which memorialized and brought a narrative structure to the nomadic happening.
In 2015, I returned to work with Doug Aitken as he laid the groundwork for the second iteration of Station to Station. This event was not a moveable feast like the first—although fixed within the Barbican Centre in London, artists and participants collaborated and rotated hour to hour, activating every usable space within the museum. No two days were the same. I worked closely with the Barbican team on curatorial research to develop a roster of international artists, choreographers and musicians, the final selection of which included: Alan Vega, Bo Ningen, Anri Sala, Terry Riley, Rosemary Trockel, Trajal Harrell, J. Spaceman, Mike Figgis, Liz Glynn, EMA, Martin Creed, Ann Van den Broek, Hisham Bharoocha and others. During the month long happening in July of 2015, I created content and managed editorial material for press, web, and social media, with a heightened focus on carving out narratives for all who could not attend in person but who participated in the happening digitally.