This film is the result of a collaboration between Julie Perini and the Earth. Julie used an old advertisement by General Electric about a woman alone on a dark street who seems scared but at the end of the ad she looks up to see lights have gone on and she feels safe. Julie cut this film into two-second strips (48 frames) and buried it in the ground. Each day for 20 days, she unearthed a strip of film and she then pieced it all back together. The dirt, water, worms and other earthly forces decayed the film and this final piece shows this gradual deterioration over time.
Julie Perini (b. 1977, Poughkeepsie, NY) is an artist working in video, film, audio, installation, and performance, living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has exhibited at the Northwest Film Festival in Portland, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and other national and international venues. She has had solo exhibitions and screenings in New York City, Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, Los Angeles, Portland, Lake Tahoe, and Rome, Italy. She is a recipient of the 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Cross-Disciplinary/Performative work. Julie holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. Her writing on performance, video, and socially engaged art has been published in books and periodicals including A.K. Press, Afterimage, and INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media & Radical Aesthetics. Julie has been involved with collaborative initiatives that promote independent media, community cultural production, and progressive social change. She is the Assistant Professor of Video Art/Time-based Media at Portland State University.
Julie Perini – Portland OR