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Enjoy a virtually touring program of videos created by members of Krissy Talking Pictures—a collectively run organization that focuses on video art made by queer artists—as well as fellow filmmakers orbiting around Philadelphia, PA.
The program includes special introductions from each artist that demystify their art-making processes and reflect on the question: “How did you know you could be an artist?” (program approx. 60 mins.)
Bullwinkle’s wherever I’m at
(Ami Glazer, 2020, 3:05 mins.)
Glazer is a writer and filmmaker from Fountain Valley, California, who lives in Philadelphia. Bullwinkle’s wherever I’m at is a very short film about two friends catching up in a new place.
The Sound of Sinking Ships
(Oona Taper, 2021, 3:56 mins.)
Oona Taper is a Philadelphia-based artist and experimental animator who makes videos that utilize physical materials to explore memory, routine, and how we perceive reality. Her practice includes works on paper, nonnarrative short films, and looped moving images intended to be treated like paintings. She cares a lot about using art and music as tools to build community, bring people together, and inspire communication. The Sound of Sinking Ships combines animation and 16mm film to highlight movement itself as the dancer flowing through mediums, styles, and levels of obfuscation and abstraction.
(France Rreally, 2020, 1 min.)
Excerpt from Purgatory May 23rd, 2020
(France Rreally, 2020, 3:06 mins.)
(France Rreally, 2020, 11:34 mins.)
France Rreally (FR) is a multimedia artist working with video art, documentary, performance, and costuming to explore the ways rapidly changing technologies saturate and mediate our lives and relationships. Characters with colorful idiosyncrasies guide journeys through ridiculous digi-magical, fairy-tale worlds that are always in flux, whether through shape-shifting avatars or offbeat environments that distort with each update. FR presents queer identity, interpersonal boundaries, and reality itself to be complex and customizable, empowering users to claim the agency to actualize their ideal lives through virtual means.
FR has performed and screened his work online and around the USA with BRIC Arts Media, the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Krissy Talking Pictures, and various film festivals. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY, where he is continuously becoming himself in every passing moment.
Regenerative Memory Bank
(Yellow 5, Yellow 6, 2020, 14:28 mins.)
“Yellow 5, Yellow 6 are the last ingredients of my genetic makeup. I am a body, I am an object. I feel sadness, I feel pain. I process through the catharsis of art-making, cooking, and occasionally crying. Regenerative Memory Bank is a video performance taking on different dimensions to provide a passport to catharsis; an evacuation from reality. It brings viewers through seven stages exploring expansive spaces of consciousness and alchemy.”
(Spacebug, 2021, 3:52 mins.)
Spacebug is a 23-year-old North Philadelphia native concerned mostly with creating visual records or “home movies,” which involves capturing moments between family and friends and sowing intimate portraits from them.
(Rat Porridge, 2020, 11:44 mins.)
Rat Porridge is a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist born in Queens who currently lives and works in West Philadelphia. Her works centers around the creation and destruction of spaces. Autonomous Zone was a performance planned as part of this year's Avant Garbage, virtually hosted on the Krissy Talking Pictures website. Using her studio space as a jumping point, the artist acts as a guide to accessing liberatory, decolonized space.
A little bit like breathing
(Cherry Nin, 2020, 4:28 mins.)
Cherry Nin is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice that includes video, performance, writing, and sound. Often employing cut-up techniques, garish effects, and spiraling, interwoven dialogue, Nin points to reality as being unreliable. Utilizing what she has available—friends as actors, bedroom as set—Nin draws a circle around her world then zooms out to reveal a delicate teetering, a holding together of all that threatens to fall apart.
Incorporating voice memos collected between March and July 2020, A little bit like breathing uses collaged audio to form an eroded landscape of rallies, gatherings, and intimate spaces as two friends listen to an uprising that bubbles up from below.
Alongside her art practice, Nin is the founder of Krissy Talking Pictures and a recipient of the Leeway Foundation's Art and Change Grant and the Scribe Video Center’s Philadelphia Independent Media Fund.
Image courtesy of Krissy Talking Pictures
FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
L Brands Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Carol and David Aronowitz
Michael and Paige Crane
Fenwick & West LLP
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Ohio State Energy Partners
Regina Miracle International Ltd.
Washington Prime Group
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Matrix Psychological Services
Paramount Group, Inc.
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Business Furniture Installations
E.C. Provini Co, Inc.
Garlock Printing & Converting
New England Development
Our Country Home
Premier Candle Corporation
Steiner + Associates
Andrew and Amanda Wise
Krissy on Tour