ARTISTS´Statements

Sylvia Toy St. Louis/Sylviatoyindustries – December 16, 2016
DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY BUT
You look good for a black girl
Je t’emmerde! Je t’emmerde!
You know, you really weren’t very good.
You’re beautiful – except for those spots.
You’ll never be able to make a living as an artist so you should learn
to do something else.
Well, I didn’t think you were stupid.
It’s – visceral.
Girls can’t [fill in the blank]
She’s a diamond and you’re a pearl.
You are never going to be little and cute.
Nobody wants to see your knees.
Do you promise you won’t tell?
Nappyhead!
Daddy, she’s got that hair you said is ugly.
Well, you’re black. I mean – you know.
You don’t want to work there.
Except for those hips.
Paper sack brown.
Puta!
Veinte cinco.
Mira mira.
Pssst.
Nigger.
I want a black girl to sit on my face.
You don’t have to do any thing but die.
Well, then, go ahead – jump off a bridge.
You look tired.
Why aren’t YOU eating?
Have you been sick?
Did you know you’ve gained 10 pounds in the last year?
Why can’t you remember? You always remember. You know I have ADD!
I don’t believe in allergies.
Are you still doing that?
You have a really high voice, don’t you.
People are not gonna open doors for you!
You’ve got lipstick on your teeth.
Well, what DO you have time for?
I guess she found a John.

Incomplete, as the final scene premieres in The Democracy Scrabble Project this summer, and there are scenes/half-scenes that only exist in the back of my mind at the moment.

What an interesting adventure CREDO: A Pilgrim has been so far. Last winter the curator of DEMOCRACY SCRABBLE (“ … video artists from all over the world [were invited] to pick one word from the “democracy scrabble” list and one word from the “most used d-words” list and produce to each of this words a small film, each film not longer than 4 minutes. …“ https://democracyscrabbleproject.wordpress.com/). „Credo“ was the word that I picked from the first list – no idea why, since I’ve been an atheist since I was 8 1/2 despite studying Catechism for two years in school and also despite my mother creating her own religion when I was in middle school.

In fact, I didn’t know I had unresolved feelings about religion until I conceived my first character for CREDO, a homeless drifter who sometimes works as a gardener but also is amateur singer who sings Negro spirituals for spare change. Before I began improvising his character, I made a series of „personal story“ talking head monologues about my mother and her church, The Church of the New Man. After all that and living with A Pilgrim for six months, I believe he sings spirituals purely and simply out of faith in the Christian God and trying in his small way to be what he believes is a good Christian. I never understood faith until the gut-wrenching that I had to do in order to understand my own religious roots.

This story is incomplete and does not contain what probably is the final scene of the movie, i.e., the movie that I made specifically to premiere in DEMOCRACY SCRABBLE this summer. Except for that scene, all of the other scenes will be re-shot after some rehearsal. The storyboard scenes are all too long and need to be tightened up. My goal for length is 25-27 minutes.

Thanks for watching.

 

TRACY ANN BROWN STATEMENT:
I am a multi-media artist from Detroit Michigan. I have lived and worked in Tucson AZ. for the past ten years. I have been active in political women’s right’s activist exhibitions over the years and began experimenting with video art about 2.5 years ago. I’ve made art throughout my entire life and went to school for art/ed at Michigan State and studied in London for some time.
I’m interested in the mass consumption of repetitive toxic imagery and messages with in our modern visual culture. I think that these messages have a deep and powerful impact on the way we function within a culture and that we are under educated on the effects and result of consuming such imagery.
I primarily use images from the internet (googling concepts or key phrases/ imagery), popular movies, advertisements and my visual artwork (paintings, digital work). Sometimes abstracting them or recontextualizing them to create a new narrative. Often, my messages are about how women are subtly and obviously sexually objectified in western visual culture and how that translates in our perceived idea of a women’s place in the world.
Other themes in my work include isolation of modern society created by a profit driven economy , technology and the facades we wear in effort to measure up leading to a sense of disconnect and dissatisfaction.
I had no idea what „Do you smell popcorn meant“ but I have to say, it’s not what I thought but it made for some dark humor which I enjoy. I keep my videos short, much like a commercial or infomercial and use repetitive clips and sound clips to reinforce the idea of repetitions influence on choice . I hope that my video articulates the idea of questioning American (USA) policies and danger’s of blind patriotism. Destruction of forcing ones and beliefs on others for financial gain, the lack of choice, and dissatisfaction with all parties complacency/ lack of empathy within the masses are at the core of what I was going for.

BEATE GOERDES:
DAWN:

One single setting reveals a self rapidly moving landscape in a blue colored atmosphere. Later, a human being runs perpetually through the image. The period of dawn becomes to infinite time…

DREAM:
During my childhood some dreams revealed the first signs of my strong longing for freedom.
Therein, I perceived the phenomena of nature, with its thermal conditions, the lunar cycle, the tides, the growth of plants… and I felt the universal protection on my side. My soul wanted to fly.

IRENE CRUZ:

DEPRESSION + MADRE:
Part 1. Madre
Part 2. Depression
Democracy Scrabble Project curated by Joas Nebe
Music by: Santiago Córdoba
Both videos talk about the human effect on the planet Earth and the environment.
We are destroying our habitat and we seem to be living in a parallel wold that is mostly made of plastic (in „Depression“ when the house melt, the only thing that lasts is plastic rubbish). The warning signals are getting louder. The ice of the poles are melting and we are melting with them, nature has its own democracy, we can’t be apart of it. Climate tipping points occur when a natural system, such as the polar ice cap, undergoes sudden or overwhelming change that has a profound effect on surrounding ecosystems, often irreversible.
Climate is changing, why aren’t we?

 

SANDRINE DEUMIER:

With her dual philosophical and artistic training, Sandrine Deumier constructed a multifaceted poetry focused on the issue of technological change and the performative place of poetry conceived through new technologies. Using material from the word as image and the image as a word vector, she also works at the junction of video and sound poetry considering them as sensitive devices to express a form of unconscious material itself. The process of writing and the mobile material of the image function as underlying meanings of reflux which refer to the real flickering and to their reality transfers via unconscious thought structures. Her work consists mainly of texts, digital poetry, multimedia installations and audiovisual performances in collaboration with composers.