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VS. is a showcase of new video works that are the result of tape exchanges between performers and post-producers. Each commissioned artist submits a performance video to be edited and revised by another. The performer acts with the anticipation of losing control over the final cut, while the post-producer is made to work with whatever the performer creates. How does one craft one’s own image in a world that is “fixed” in post?
The project aims to highlight the inherent constructs in “pure” performance and in the strategies of video post-production. An artist will rarely consider the implications of the post-production process, as they will usually have control from start to finish. Likewise, the “found footage” editor usually has a hand in choosing what to transform. The separation of the activities forces both parties to focus on the features of their respective tasks. VS. is as much an experiment as it is an examination of a rarely acknowledged but oft-occurring set of problems. Implicit in this exchange are issues of trust, authenticity, authorship, and respect. These collaborations consider the inherent power shifts when one gives himself or herself over to someone else.
The VS. pairings:
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay / Cooper Battersby
Alissa Firth-Eagland / Jeremy Drummond
Emily Vey Duke / Daniel Cockburn
Steve Kado / Kika Thorne
Steve Reinke / Jubal Brown
Will Munro and Jeremy Laing / Aleesa Cohene
Vollrath (Conan Romanyk) / Daniel Borins and Jennifer Marman
Tom Sherman / Tasman Richardson
Free Dance Lessons (Paige Gratland and Day Milman) / 640 480
640 480 is Jeremy Bailey, Patrick Borjal, Shanan Kurtz, Phil Lee, Jillian Locke, and Gareth Long www.640480.com