17 Days

Day 1 | Devon Johnson
February 1, 2013, 12:17 am
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I embrace the indiscriminant decay by that relentless conqueror, time, which lays waste to the physical world, as well as to our memories of places. The harder we try to fight it, the more distorted our memory becomes; we only remember the last time we remembered (something that perhaps never was). I am not saddened by the fabricated nature of memory because every time I look to the past I create a new story in my mind.

I can only hope that this tale will get better with time. Each shard of memory has the potential to bring up countless narratives, yet unknown. Where they begin hardly matters—it is where they can make the mind go. Time is the ultimate leveler, something from which nothing ever escapes. I offer up this vision, a memory of a memory, its origins unknown.

Noms De Pays – TRT 3:34 mins

Devon Johnson (b. 1984) is an artist based in Washington, D.C., working primarily in lens‐based media. His work examines how our understanding of place is altered by the passage of time, the failure of memory, and the influences of external texts. Johnson earned his MFA in photography at George Mason University, and his BFA in photography at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2012 Johnson’s video work was included in the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Devon Johnson – Washington D.C.


Day 2 | Jeremy Newman
February 1, 2013, 12:16 am
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The Persistence of Forgetting is a Surrealist nightmare that relates subjective experience after divorce through voyeuristic shots and archival film clips. I interweave dark visuals representing solitude and archival film sequences to embody a mental state. In this manner, I build on Stan Brakhage’s Anticipation of the Night (1958) that uses experimental first person camerawork to replicate human consciousness.

This video explores the culture of divorce. I combine original digital video footage and archival clips to embody an evolving mental state. Viewers interpret along with the protagonist as his home movies displace actual memory. Ultimately, he has an amnesiac experience, forgetting through remembering. Archival films also reflect his shift from subconscious to conscious awareness, and represent the societal impact of the Hollywood studio system.

The Persistence of Forgetting references Salvador Dalí’s painting The Persistence of Memory in its title. The filmic equivalent of Dalí’s melted watches; this video immerses viewers in nonlinear experiential time. After the opening credits, I include a Carl Jung quotation about truth and time. Dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, my protagonist’s true struggle is with the present moment.

I divide the video into three sections that reference the Jung quotation. “Truths of the Past: Divorce is Nuclear Death” focuses on the family unit as divorce’s victim. “Truths of No Time: Remembering is Forgetting Slowly” explores the inaccuracies of memory that grow over time. “Truths of the Future: His Answer is the Siren’s Call” proposes that happiness is a seducing force, and perhaps an illusion.

Television has replaced the hearth at the center of the home, fostering modern alienation. The flames reappear in an automobile crash that symbolizes the protagonist’s divorce. An announcer dramatically accuses him of committing “a crime of passion.” However, this crime is largely in the protagonist’s mind. Rather than accept the death of his ex-wife’s former self, he keeps her alive by watching home movies while dating other women. He is lost in an electronic wilderness where audiovisual verisimilitude supplants authentic memory and affects his decisions.

The Persistence of Forgetting features clips from six archival films that reflect the protagonist’s subconscious and represent aspects of the Hollywood studio system. Thus, I link his interpersonal conflict and Hollywood’s cultural impact. Gateway to the Mind (classroom film) illustrates the impact of cultural indoctrination on the protagonist. As Hollywood (tourist film) suggests, the motion picture industry is deeply ingrained in the American way of life. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (B-movie) highlights the emotional violence of the protagonist’s severed union. In Rear Window (film trailer), the filmmaker promises escapism into the fictional lives of others. I also use clips from two animated films. The Story of King Midas suggests that the protagonist gilds memory at his family’s expense. The Story of Little Red Riding Hood implies that his post-divorce attempts to date, while holding onto the past, are wolf-like.

The Persistence of Forgetting – TRT 12:06 mins

Jeremy Newman has directed numerous documentary and experimental videos. His work is frequently shown at film festivals and has also aired on several PBS stations. He is Assistant Professor of Communications at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Newman earned an MFA in Media Arts from The Ohio State University. 

Jeremy Newman – Galloway New Jersey


Day 3 | Lucinda Luvaas
February 1, 2013, 12:15 am
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see video

Meditation 2 – TRT 3:34 mins

Lucinda Luvaas –


Day 4 | Tommy Becker
February 1, 2013, 12:14 am
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I find great joy in writing poems, recording music and documenting gestures. I especially enjoying putting these elements together in an effort to create a unique visual language that investigates, celebrates and builds upon personal experience. Tape Number One is an incomplete monument, a documentary continuously being built upon through bits of poetry honoring the past. Enjoy.

Instructions for Creating a Snow Angel:
First, find an undisturbed area of snow larger then the size of your body. Second, gently position yourself face-up into that plane of snow. Third, sweep your legs from an open position to a closed position and move your arms up and down creating troughs in the snow. This step should be repeated until you feel the indentations are deep enough to be easily viewable from above. Last, carefully remove yourself from the mark, not to disturb your masterpiece. When finished, your performance should have left the appearance of an angel, the movement of the arms having formed wings, and that of the legs having formed a robe or a gown.

TRACK FIVE: song for movements of a snow angel – TRT 6:38 mins
video & music: written, recorded, performed and edited by T. Becker | 2011 | found film footage from Prelinger Archives

Tommy Becker attended the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate before receiving his MFA in Film, Video, Performance from California College of Arts in 2001. A poet trapped in a camcorder, Becker continues to feed video poems into his never-ending saga, “TAPE NUMBER ONE”. The video work for Tape Number One blends poetics, performance, costuming, found footage, hand made props and home made music. Each track is presented as a song dedication, the videos run song-length, never more then four minutes. Within this duration, musical elements surface as background music or simple tones, but more characteristically within a unique voicing that flirts with elements of melody, repetition, rhythm and sustaining tones in its delivery of the spoken word. Often, Becker’s work is translated into live spoken word/video performances. In 2005, he was awarded an artist in residency at Headlands Center for The Arts and included in Bay Area Now 4 at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts. His work has been presented at White Columns, New York; Aurora Picture Show, Houston and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY as well as numerous experimental film festivals.

Tommy Becker – San Francisco CA


Day 5 | Michael Wyshock
February 1, 2013, 12:13 am
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Soul Juice was made while considering consumption and coexistence in situations of conflict and threat. Animated sequences of expressionistic line drawing elaborate on potential danger through juxtapositions of fuels, farming, cars, factories and missiles by putting them in playful subtle contexts. Trees are made of plastic bottles filled with projected light experiments. In my artwork, formal decisions are resolved by allowing shape and line to overlap, as found in water where light refraction organizations question origin and replication with a disturbance in surface. Figurative elements are also introduced as behavioral suggestions regarding moral responsibilities of the consumer.

Soul Juice – TRT 4:58 mins

Michael Wyshock received a BFA from the University of Delaware in 1998 and a MFA from Florida State University in 2002. His paintings and videos have been presented in over 100 exhibitions. In 2006 his work in painting was recognized with a Pollock-Krasner Award. In the Fall of 2011 his work was included in a few exhibitions in New York City: a theater production in the East Village at the Connelly Theatre, the Big Screen Plaza in midtown Manhattan, and in the Unfold exhibition at Parsons. In December 2011 his work was nominated for an award from Madatac and presented as part of a special exhibition in Madrid, Spain at the Reina Sofia Museum. Also in 2011 his work was included in exhibitions at the Wheeler Arts Community Center in Indiana, the International Environmental Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain and Mexico City, Mexico and at the Grand Isle Community Center in Louisiana.

Michael Wyshock –


Day 6 | Patrick Moser
February 1, 2013, 12:12 am
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I used to watch through my window as my neighbor slowly ambled down the road on his afternoon walks. He suffered from terminal cancer and dreamt of returning back to his home in New York. He hated Florida, felt trapped by the hot sun. The mask and this performance was my way of acting out his dream, while simultaneously playfully exercising my own fears of the inevitable.

Leaving Town – TRT 1:00 min

Patrick Moser is an Associate Professor of Art at Flagler College in St Augustine, FL. His paintings and videos have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent group and solo shows include the Lightwell Gallery University of Oklahoma School of Fine Arts, Whitdel Arts Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and Wynn Bone Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Patrick has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Florida.

Patrick Moser – St Augustine Florida


Day 7 | Maria Niro
February 1, 2013, 12:11 am
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While filming on the Manhattan Hudson River pier one day an older gentleman claiming he was “the real Leo Bloom” insinuated his way into my film. Perhaps like James Joyce who saw Ulysses as his favorite hero my Leo sees himself as Joyce’s Leopold Bloom. A self-possessed character wandering about town on a journey of introspection, like Joyce he is full of puns, allusions and a broad humor. My Leo is in juxtaposition to the cityscape and the politics of space around him -constantly in flux and changing. The radio frequencies of the sound design were influenced by a sense of nostalgia he inspired in me.

The Real Leo Bloom – TRT 2:38 mins
Video/Sound Maria Niro 2012

Maria Niro’s work encompasses video, photography, installation and sound. Her work explores the nuanced relationships between notions of memory, identity, culture, nature, spirituality and materialism in our increasingly artificial environment. Her videos have screened and exhibited in festivals, galleries and performance spaces worldwide. Niro studied film and media studies at The New School University. She is on the Board of Directors at The New American Cinema Group / The Film-makers’ Cooperative in New York City. She lives and works in Manhattan.

Maria Niro – Manhattan



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