Animal Charm

Animal Charm is the collaborative project of Rich Bott and Jim Fetterley, sound and media artists. Assuming a deconstructive take on propriety, Animal Charm began creating videos as an act of Electronic Civil Disobedience. Diving the dumpsters of video production companies and scrounging through countless hours of industrial, documentary, and corporate video footage, Animal Charm often edits the tapes in live mix performances. By re-editing images derived from a wide variety of sources, they scramble media codes, creating a kind of convulsive babble that disrupts conventional forms with subversive messages.

Animal Charm are inspired by a virtual community on the web that is concerned with recycled media, congenial to projects such as John Oswald's Plunderphonics, Stock Hausen and Walkman, Dummy Run, and heavy warped records.

"Animal Charm's tapes are mind-bendingly inventive experiments in uncanny, surreal montage that defy logical analysis."

—Gavin Smith, New York Video Festival

"The two exemplary shows of 2000 that rocked my world and justified my love—make that masochism of the margin: in September, Animal Charm's wild-ass, wigged-out, red-hot live video remix of bad 80s TV; in November, the deliriously delicious (improvised?) duet between accordionist Mark Growden and the eye-popping emulsion experiments of Thad Povey's (found) Scratch Films. New wine in old bottles!"

—Craig Baldwin, Other Cinema, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Best of 2000 issue

 

Available Titles by

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 1 2000 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 2, Hot Mirror Mix 2000 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 3, Computer Smarts 2002 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
Ashley 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Body Prep 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Brite Tip 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Camera Dance 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Computer Smarts 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Family Court 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Hot Mirror 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Il Mouille 2002 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Lightfoot Fever 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Marbles 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Mark Roth 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Preserve Your Estate 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Slow Gin Soul Stallion 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Stuffing 1998 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Target 1999 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Working Together 1996 Single Titles order video    add to wish list