CHANNELING: an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits


Collection: Curated Compilations

Tags: Body, Dance, Death and Dying, Gender, LGBTQ, Performance, Religion/Spirituality, Sexuality

CHANNELING: an invocation of spectral bodies and queer spirits

CHANNELING is an entryway into the spirit realm and the queer body politic: a program of experimental moving image work that calls up the ghosts of the past and the specters of the future. The intent of the program is to re-imagine film and video as occult technologies that allow us to connect with the bodies, experiences, and emotions that are often invisible--ghostly even--in everyday life. The works in the program take a personal approach in dealing with the political and historical problems that haunt the queer experience: the AIDS pandemic (Renwick, Di Stefano), the body in transition (Montague), the idealized nuclear family (Peña, Robinson), and the narrow cultural standards of desirability (EMR, Moulton). CHANNELING presents emerging and established artists critically engaging with these concerns on their own campy, poetic, sexual, humorous, and even utopian terms, using a variety of aesthetic approaches such as digital video, homemade effects, saturated 8mm, home movies, animation, green screen, and more.

CHANNELING is a film and video program curated by Latham Zearfoss and Ethan White.

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Rankin Renwick

9 Is A Secret

2002| 00:06:00

"Renwick recounts a sad time in her life, when a friend was dying and she suddenly became aware of the presence of crows... [Renwick] craft[s] a lyrical and moving essay that works its magic through…

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Tags: Death and Dying, LGBTQ

Elliot Montague

Well Dressed

2006| 00:10:00

This experimental documentary meditates on the space between two bodies and explores three key bodies in transition: the erotic "cruising" body, the transgender body, and the pregnant body. In…

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Tags: Body, Gender, LGBTQ, Transgender

In this episode of the Whispering Pines series, Moulton's character Cynthia is confronted with a distorted mirror image that slips between the grotesque and the exotic, depending on her posture.…

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Tags: Body, Feminism, Gender, Performance

A family embraces the heart of evil in this Poltergeist re-make/drag show, circa 1992. "Robinson recycles his family's home movie version of Poltergeist, made when he was ten, into a raw look at…

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Tags: Family, Found Footage, Gender, Performance


Somethings Gonna Soon

2008| 00:04:00

EMR has created a sigil, a magic sex symbol abstracted from the words TRUST ME (NOT) TO HURT YOU that is spread across rituals of the beast. Discordant sound and psychic image imagine a cross…

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Tags: LGBTQ, Sexuality

Some Ghosts incorporates embroidery and stop-motion animation techniques to create a colorful dreamscape in which an unwitting spaceman releases angry spirits from a haunted medicine cabinet. Audio…

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Tags: Animation, Religion/Spirituality

Jillian Peña


2005| 00:10:00

Compromise is Episode 1 of the video art trilogy, This is More Than Love I Feel Inside, in which Jillian Peña traces a queer relationship from inception to demise. Focusing on the interior and…

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Tags: Body, Dance, LGBTQ, Performance

(tell me why): The Epistemology of Disco is an often humorous, at times sarcastic and poignant look at the role that disco music has played in the formation of gay male identity. The piece challenges…

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Tags: Dance, Humor, LGBTQ, Sexuality