7 Years of Video Performance Art

This video is a portfolio reel of video performance art created between 2008 and 2014 (Color/Stereo 34:10 mins USA). The second movie on the reel, Depression as Geography, 2009, was selected for CologneOff 7.As I plan a video essay about greenscreening and collect my thoughts, including why I greenscreen, I have begun to look at my older video works. I realized that almost as soon as I bought my first camera, I was taken with layers, beginning with shadows and reflections; and that eventually led me to keying out the visible world and replacing it with imaginary environments. As an extremely introverted Asperger’s adult, I had to learn the hard lesson that if I do not consciously take my inner life with me everywhere I go, I feel awkward, uncomfortable, frustrated, unhappy and dissociated. It seems such a paradox that staying inside my head, my comfort zone, helps keep me in the moment and grounded in the “real world.” In a way, greenscreening allows me to create a real geographic location out of my inner life; and I’m wondering if perhaps that’s the case for all creatives.

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