joe • noun informal 1 an ordinary man
That which defines me, defines me as ordinary. This series (currently comprised of 75 videos and counting) is an examination of the ways in which the image of “Joe” is portrayed on celluloid. How is the identity of the character built by the activity and impetus of the other characters surrounding him? How do these representation reflect back onto me, both as the viewer of the original film, and the creator of this new condensed version? And finally, how can I reclaim my individuality and save my good name?
Study for a Self-Portrait on You Tube
Visions of a camera’s last seconds before impact with the street are slowed down; each image becomes a painting. The impact breaks the tape, creating a second, abstract, physical recording on the tape before the moment that creates it. The future effects the past.
A figure leaps into the air and crashes down before the camera. Through the repetition of action, the figure smashes through the floor and kills the camera. What was illusion is rendered physical.
A figure moves into frame, raises a gun and fires at the camera. In a twist on Chris Burden’s Shoot, the figure fires at the medium in which the action is documented. The viewer becomes active (or captive) in this murder suicide pact between artist and audience, where successful completion means mutual annihilation.
Joe Nanashe – Brooklyn New York