For the last ten years video has been a major component of my art practice. Since 1998 I have made over thirty-five videos that range from 15 seconds to 15 minutes each. These videos have been screened in film and video festivals nationally and internationally, exhibited as single and multi channel installations in galleries, museums and alternative spaces, and displayed online.
Each day I seem to have a new idea for a new video. What interests me so much in this medium is its relationship with the human psyche. I am interested in exploring the formation and visualization of (my) belief system and thought processes, which are as fluid and ephemeral as video itself. This liquid connection to self in relation to a context relates to my multicultural background and experiences as well.
As an artist, I negotiate, via a medium, my ideas and their manifestations, much like one translates one language onto another. The four videos shown here started an ongoing series called Motor, all of which are 55 seconds long (four more are in mid production right now). These short videos, about/around/despite/of Detroit, portray the figments of my imagination, the wanderings of my mind as I navigate in this paradoxically fascinating setting.
in the city of ghost buildings, the body and architecture are compared. a first impression of a recent transplant citizen.
attempting to speak french in order to (re) define myself.
the immersion in water becomes a contemplation of a transcultural experience.
personal history is fictionalized and (re) presented as a slide show.
Vagner Whitehead – Detroit Michigan