Video Art

STRANGERS COWBOYS | Emily Sasmor

STRANGERS COWBOYS is the second, third, and four acts of the multi-media, performative series HOTLINE FOR THE LOST, a six-act morality opera by Emily Sasmor. Sasmor’s evocative and “dense” video winds through a non-linear narrative between the real and the simulated. STRANGERS COWBOYS confronts the idea of violence in a…

Emily Sasmor | Q + A

Emily Sasmor’s work STRANGERS COWBOYS was published in Issue 11 of Digital America. Sasmor talked with Digital America about her overarching series HOTLINE FOR THE LOST, how she approaches themes of violence, pop culture, and the real vs. the simulated in her work. ::: DigA: In STRANGERS COWBOYS, there is…

plant whispering | Izzy Pezzulo

plant whispering is a sound piece made for plants. Izzy Pezzulo is interested in making sound art for all beings, sentient or otherwise. Pezzulo asks many questions of these plants, both humorous and existential. plant whispering comes out of an interest in ASMR, our relationship to plants, and how we…

THANK YOU | Vi Trinh

Vi Trinh’s animation, THANK YOU, explores the relationship between power and powerlessness, and thus casts the characters of humans, institutions, and animals. Trinh uses a sliding scale of greyness to show a false dichotomy between nature and humans. As we watch bear and woman dance between nature and audience, we are…

Baleada Queen | Q + A

Baleada Queen is one of Central America’s most enigmatic and best kept secrets. A gringa who found success as a telenovela star at an extremely young age, only to have a very public meltdown and disappearance between the years of 2015 and 2016. She has recently gained attention for the…

Welcome To My Home | Sarah Beckwith as Baleada Queen

Welcome To My Home is a glimpse into the world of Baleada Queen, a fallen telenovela star clinging to what remains of her former stardom. The video reflects the journey of recovery that Sarah Beckman as Balaeda Queen has experienced, calling on themes such as mental illness, isolation, and what…

Saturnine Tassajara | Toban Nichols

Toban Nichols is a visual artist who works mostly in video and photography. He explores digital distortion, and the creation and destruction of an image via technology. Saturnine Tassajara takes us through a story of digital creation—utilizing camp, the glitch, and performance to talk about the possibilities of distortion through a…

Hulk | Maggie Hazen

Maggie Hazen’s video piece, Hulk, and text piece, Embodied Imaginary: From Gendered Bodies in Virtual Spaces to Powerful Bodies in a Physical World, both examine the virtual realities of the gaming world. By inserting herself into the imaginary world of the video game Hulk, she overcomes the barriers of real…

Sea Change & Tide | Daniel Alexander Smith

Sea Change (2015) addresses how computers manipulate our perceptions of nature. In this video, the artist creates a mathematical model of the water’s movement. As the ripples turn to data, the calming nature of the water becomes disorienting as it’s no longer tied to wind or the movement of oars….

Origin Story | Izzy Pezzulo

“We get the feeling that we haven’t truly begun to inhabit networks—the more ecstatic and catastrophic modes of interconnection remain to be tested.” –John Kelsey, Next-Level Spleen In Origin Story, I juxtapose themes of radioactive fallout, networked systems, swarm mentality, and “better living” through technology to ask questions about time,…