Aphrodite project, work in progress

screenshot still, 16mm motion picture film, 3 mins
- from a meditation at the Mediterranean Aphrodite temple, ancient site overlooking the sea, considered her birth place: touch & gentleness of women's space as feminist, necessary, healing and contemporary; sound is the voices of water, precognitive, immersive, trance

Evening Star 

screenshot stills, HD, 20 min, shot on residency at Art Gallery Tecopa, CA

Desert hot springs bathhouse at night under Venus, the Evening Star: narrative alludes to love & sex as water/static/grain dissolves painterly formal landscapes; sound hypnotically intensifies as the stranger approaches the homestead, bathhouse...then leaves; mid-century desert architecture, Modernist abstraction, the western

Residency: 'Mirroring Resilience Artist Intensive', for Fall Equinox 2018 show 5-9pm, La Maida Institute, Los Angeles

Performance, 15 mins,
'Healing for Cattle, as hooves bring up underground Water and horns bring down Rain, so they flow & move together again remember each other'
- at the instruction of Hummingbird Sage

Film, 10 mins

for dancer Laura Gill
& poet
Jose Cordova

Solo Show & Residency

Water, John Protevi, speech held at the International Conference “Gilles Deleuze – Texts and Images”, South Carolina, April 5-8, 2007 

Hypersea: life on land, Mark A.S. McMenamin and Dianna L.S. McMenamin, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994 

The General

(HD, 22 min, Turkey/ USA, 2015)

A tragicomedy (now somewhat prophetic), shot at different Turkish historically/ ideologically loaded sites: Scheherazade as storyteller switches roles, yet remains 'The General' who regards the 'general population', throughout.
Film history references (Goddard, Pasolini), film reenactments & cinematographies, political theory (Monique Wittig, Trotsky), cultural YouTube stereotypes, lovers' poetry - venture through the colonialist gaze, capitalismthe beginnings of agriculture, identity politics, etc., to explore impossibilities & usefulness of inclusion, of any individual within an ideology.

View: https://vimeo.com/193008558

"The underlying assumption behind political conflicts that did not lead to repression and oppression of those disputing orthodoxy has always been the belief that people could be convinced to join a side with ideas and arguments. The representational politics of the past was about convincing people that certain political ideas and policies supported their interests. Identity politics is now claiming that our identities, not our reason, determine our opinions, interests and the political platforms we should be supporting. If our identities determine our interests and our identities are based mainly on the demographics we belong to, or specific identity related experiences, the possibilities for compromise and for convincing others belonging to different identity groups, through ideas and reason, will become extremely limited."
('Universalism and the Courage to Change Society', By Christine Louis Dit Sully, 2018)

Trotsky's home in exile on Buyakada Island, Istanbul, formerly home to the Ottoman Chief of Secret Police

At the Center of the World

(B&W, HD, 9 min, Los Angeles, 2015) 

Winner of the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize at Moving image Istanbul 
press: https://www.cihan.com.tr/en/moving-image-istanbul-celebrates-record-attendance-borusan-prize-1884126.htm
permanent collection at Gazelli Art House, London; made for Thessaloniki Biennale 5
       Close ups after Dreyer's Joan of Arc: the exquisite, emotional, black and white face turns towards and away from the camera frame                                                                                                                                                                                                 video stills
          View: https://vimeo.com/165698195



   (HD/ HDV, 35 min, UK/ USA, 2013)                                                                                                                           
   View: https://vimeo.com/67720190
18 dreams describe psychological and external events preceding an accident. Chance, fate and consciousness connect with ordinary reality, in a nondiegetic semi-narrative film about film and perception.
            in situ, Lethaby Gallery, London


Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (video, 4:3, 11 min, UK, 2011)

Imaging loss with emotional resonance, angled from 20th c. transient spaces: shock, anxiety, melodrama as a manageable site of trauma, spectacle, Modernism, Russian Constructivism, building from fracture.

"...as physically and psychically shocking...directly connected to perceptual dislocation and loss of sensory control." [1]

These are arrested, static, moving canvases, temporally flowing yet edited abruptly, like the disturbance of a replayed physical, emotional accident. Each environment is a broken facet of the experience, until the last image gathers a whole, retrieves a narrative.

[1] Weinbaum, Alys Eve 'Ways of Not Seeing, (En)gendered Optics in Benjamin, Baudelaire, and Freud', (2003)

Love Comes In At the Eye (35mm/ cell phone, 3.5 min, UK, 2012)
View: https://vimeo.com/36422188

- Permanent show at Heartbreak Laundrette, London

A re-edit of Cronenberg's 'Videodrome', with new sound

Wild West (16mm, 1:1.85, 25 min, USA, 2005)
Awarded Eastman Kodak Hollywood film grant
Wild West is the story of the US's Great Basin desert, through the eyes of the land, with voice-over from interviews with the late Corbin Harney, then aged 86, Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone people, water doctor & anti-nuclear activist; with Rod Rondeaux & Gil Birmingham. 
Dante's Peak, Death Valley
Panamint Mountains dry lake bed, California

actress Lusheia Lenaburg
Kodachrome 71 (HDV, 24 min, Cyprus, 2011)

Kodachrome, a Super 8mm reversal stock, was in use from 1965 - 2011. By 1971, by my birth year, it was mostly used for home movies, to record brightly coloured 20th century memory moments. Kodachrome alludes to the word chromosome, (from the Greek: chroma, colour and soma, body), which become strongly stained with particular dyes. The film explores aspects of love and concepts of generational continuity; filmed at Aphrodite's birthplace.

We're Not In Minnesota Any More (video, 4:3, 20 min, UK, 2012)
A circular story in four differently-genred acts, connecting times and sites in ordinary and non-ordinary reality, around death.

Tatyana & Vera in 'Underground Forest' aka 'A Woodcutter's Tale'    
(35mm photocine, 3.5 min, USA, 2010) 
A 35mm photocine dark comedy, drawing on the macabre underside of fairy-tales, entangled forests. Stills and flared whites arrest heightened narrative moments.

Mare Mer Mere (16mm, 12 min, USA, 2001)

- Distributed by Iron Rod Motion Pictures, Canada
A girl asleep on a horse, dreams through mesmerising movement; optically printed with superimposition; poem in Arabic

Homecoming (HDV, 7 min, Morocco/ UK, 2010)
3-screen video exploring separation and integration of self. Landscape evokes the psychological states of the characters or mind: being and seeking. Inspiration in part, was from The Awakening Conscience (1853) by William Holman Hunt, reflecting change through action in mid-motion between two points.

MaKing (16mm, 3 min, UK, 1997)
The process of change through dismemberment, forgetting and re-membering; also the artistic process itself

Installation: Journey Under Lock and Key

Journey Under Lock & Key ('sick room' installation comprising drawing, video, embroidery and painting for Shunt gallery space, London, 2007; also shown at Autobody Fine Art, Alameda, CA) - created over 2 years.
Bear (pencil on paper, height 6')
- Sold to Steven Spielberg's Art Director for Disaster Sequences

Polar Bear
Ice princess
Video loop for monitor - 4 mins

Embroidered comforter, details, cotton thread on brushed cotton fabric

Middle part of embroidered double comforter, click all images to enlarge

Mexican Pots with Ancestor and Aloe Vera
Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Crazy Horse
Girl and Three Calderas
Wolf Kachina
Hat, Square and Indian