American Psycho(drama): Sigmund Freud vs. Henry Ford

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Collection: Curated Compilations

Tags: Animals, Culture Jamming, Humor, Mental Landscape, Performance

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American Psycho(drama): Sigmund Freud vs. Henry Ford

This humorous selection of performance-oriented videos maps a trajectory between consumer society and psychoanalytic confession. HalfLifers perform two rescue missions using colored snack food and everyday objects as means towards transcendence. In The Horror, Emily Breer and Joe Gibbons recuperate Coppola’s Apocalypse Now as a day at the beach. Gibbons’s solo work Multiple Barbie features the artist as a smooth-talking psychoanalyst, gently attempting to fuse the mute doll’s shattered plastic psyche. Three works by Anne McGuire all employ genre conventions derived from popular culture (the variety show, the talk show, and the rock video); McGuire’s presence as a performer amplifies the sense of strangeness that lies at the heart of the familiar, creating a vertigo between form and content. Animal Charm’s interventions in this program are homemade commercials and infomercials, sampled from a reservoir of neglected or useless images.

Curated by Nelson Henricks.

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1998 | 04:00
Stuffing
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In Animal Charm's masterful example of video montage, a monkey is mesmerized as he watches two dolphins toss a woman from snout to snout. Go cross-eyed with cross-cutting. Sometimes, in order to prevent the insidious absorption of mass media, it is...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, humor, television

Control Corridor
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In a fictional conduit space, language and function are recontextualized as the HalfLifers struggle to re-assess the nature of their mission while engaged in an eternal cycle of maintenance and communication routines.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: humor

1997 | 01:00
Caddy
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This real-time video-meets-digital-animation trilogy of shorts features the highly excited and mildly delusional Joe Gibbons. Against a background of live action and animation, the caddy’s golf club turns into a guitar as he reminisces...

 

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1997 | 01:00
Pool Boy
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This real-time video-meets-digital-animation trilogy of shorts features the highly excited and mildly delusional Joe Gibbons, whose springboard becomes a surfboard as he fantasizes about his days as a lifeguard in 1963, when the young Brian...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animation, humor, performance

1997 | 02:00
The Horror
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This real-time video-meets-digital-animation trilogy of shorts features the highly excited and mildly delusional Joe Gibbons. As the phony, Gibbons recounts his influence among rock legends Iggy Pop and Brian Wilson. Brilliant superimposed...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: humor, performance

I Am Crazy and You're Not Wrong
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A wonderfully witty work about nostalgia and desperation. Anne McGuire portrays a Kennedy-era singer performing in the space where theatre meets television. McGuire's Garland-esque gestures provide both a sense of tragedy and humor. I Am Crazy And...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: performance

1997 | 09:00
Ashley
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Animal Charm's Ashley seems to develop a conventional story about a modern mother and wife with typically modern desires. But the insertion of incongruous soap opera scenes soon ensures that the seductive images take on an absurd and oppressive...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, media analysis

Actions in Action
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This first work in the HalfLifers' Action Series plunges into a world of frantic heroes trapped in a continual crisis of dissolution and reification. An ordinary domestic setting is recast as a psychoactive landscape in which the concept of function...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: expedition/travel, food, future, humor

1998 | 03:30
The Telling
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The Telling (1994-98) shows Anne McGuire telling two acquaintances a secret from her past using a three-camera set-up in the Desi Arnez style. The commodification of intimacy is not the strangest thing about this work. The fractured editing,...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: performance, television, tv production

Multiple Barbie
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Shot in Pixelvision, Joe Gibbon's Multiple Barbie features the artist as a smooth-talking psychoanlayst imploring the silent doll to explore her multiple personalities in order to purge their power from her psyche.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: humor, pixelvision, psychoanalysis, television

1997 | 08:00
Cardoso Flea Circus
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In a world of Internet and high technology, there still remains something so arcane, so simple and extraordinary, so absolutely incredible as a circus of educated fleas. Marvel at Maria Fernanda Cardoso's work as the powerful Brutus (The Strongest...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: animals, humor, performance

When I Was a Monster
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A performance about the artist’s experience in the aftermath of an accident.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, performance

Lightfoot Fever
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Fuelled by lavish doses of disjointed hyper-editing, super-talented Jim Bailey dances with wild animals in Animal Charm's hot and exciting performance of "Fever."

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage