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The Coliseum

The Coliseum is interested in the way that archives get created on social media and regarding that practice the way one might a novel or film. This raises questions about what’s possible with these new platforms and the efficacy they have to move, inspire, question, connect and persist for our peers and posterity. The Coliseum project started at the Oakland Coliseum flea market and documents a year between Thanksgivings 2016-2017. This duration is followed by a period I'm calling ‘special features’ which we may or may not still be in and like my understanding of most endings, indeterminable... 

I visit the Roman Colosseum, Venice Biennale, Athens Documenta, and happenings in Paris, Berlin, New York, Marfa and Los Angeles. The project exists in a period of precarity (and privilege); tenuous freelance work, unstable housing, credit cards and cheap air travel. There are personal themes of parenting, romance and complex relationships to the technologies implicated. The project was realized almost entirely with an iPhone. 

The work exists at the intersection of poetry, photography, filmmaking, essay, journalism, travelogue, criticism, curation, performance, archiving and memory. The nature of the platform is diaristic and dialogic, resisting the kinds of resolved narratives afforded by retrospect and more typical in Art making. 

A printable version is forthcoming and will be available on my site soon.

 ....the image itself, impoverished of resolution, impressed with it’s limitations, it’s failures, it’s VoIP glitches, creates an artifact of our fleeting correspondence. A register of that aimed gesture of love, our effort to bridge the space between us.  She is coming down from the sky, from a constellation of satellites, to a small device that may as well have replaced whatever codex we used to look towards for guidance...

....the image itself, impoverished of resolution, impressed with it’s limitations, it’s failures, it’s VoIP glitches, creates an artifact of our fleeting correspondence. A register of that aimed gesture of love, our effort to bridge the space between us.  She is coming down from the sky, from a constellation of satellites, to a small device that may as well have replaced whatever codex we used to look towards for guidance...

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 ...a screenshot of a photo of teenagers at The Colosseum being analyzed by facebook’s facial recognition software...

...a screenshot of a photo of teenagers at The Colosseum being analyzed by facebook’s facial recognition software...

Spring is not a time for austerity

 ...a woman sweeping in a dollar store, pausing to examine a synthetic flower under the coursing nighttime fluorescents...

...a woman sweeping in a dollar store, pausing to examine a synthetic flower under the coursing nighttime fluorescents...

 ...a reoccurring character i've been privately calling Catpital... 

...a reoccurring character i've been privately calling Catpital... 

  #ravana  in the  #rhizome  

#ravana in the #rhizome 

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 Quipu stories, a young Nigerian artist, a dark indoor amphitheater with real time LED stock market prices and haunting Greek choruses, military grade sound canons shooting stories from below, instruments made with objects from a refugee camp, photos of how the oppressed internalize their oppression in occupied Palestine, a displaced tent cast in marble looking at the Acropolis, a Thai revolutionary libretto, a prolific sleep talker, a revived synthesizer, a failed musical language, shimmering voodoo paintings, 3D printed gender ambiguous forms, colorful Pakistani weddings tents in a square filled with birds where they serve free lunch every day, a symposium on capital, a tribute to Graciela Paraskevaídis, an archive of Biafra, a school of gesture, a dancer stripping off layers and their meanings, woven constellations, ineffable books, simple sketches, murdered children, banned western decadent art, poultry farm work camps, vacuum sealed refugee sculptures, glitching Nina Simone wind, hermaphrodite hormone therapy, daytime talk shows, Gauguin's gaze in today's Tahiti, all the things she knows but can't stop thinking about, a drawing table sculpture for a Jane Bowles passage with a sepulchral and mid century modern inflection, dried ngalama leaves being prepared for the dye pot, a razed forest, dancing bodies, a room full of masks, a home screen screenshot, a recurrent set of ground rules performed in different institutional settings, an archive on sugar plantations, the many headed hydra, untitled dark sky mezzotints

Quipu stories, a young Nigerian artist, a dark indoor amphitheater with real time LED stock market prices and haunting Greek choruses, military grade sound canons shooting stories from below, instruments made with objects from a refugee camp, photos of how the oppressed internalize their oppression in occupied Palestine, a displaced tent cast in marble looking at the Acropolis, a Thai revolutionary libretto, a prolific sleep talker, a revived synthesizer, a failed musical language, shimmering voodoo paintings, 3D printed gender ambiguous forms, colorful Pakistani weddings tents in a square filled with birds where they serve free lunch every day, a symposium on capital, a tribute to Graciela Paraskevaídis, an archive of Biafra, a school of gesture, a dancer stripping off layers and their meanings, woven constellations, ineffable books, simple sketches, murdered children, banned western decadent art, poultry farm work camps, vacuum sealed refugee sculptures, glitching Nina Simone wind, hermaphrodite hormone therapy, daytime talk shows, Gauguin's gaze in today's Tahiti, all the things she knows but can't stop thinking about, a drawing table sculpture for a Jane Bowles passage with a sepulchral and mid century modern inflection, dried ngalama leaves being prepared for the dye pot, a razed forest, dancing bodies, a room full of masks, a home screen screenshot, a recurrent set of ground rules performed in different institutional settings, an archive on sugar plantations, the many headed hydra, untitled dark sky mezzotints

 ...Aubrey looking at the beached blue whale...

...Aubrey looking at the beached blue whale...

 ...empty faces, surrounding context, hilltop church...

...empty faces, surrounding context, hilltop church...

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 ...tributaries, satellite GPS, forests and trees, a screenshot of my phone library...

...tributaries, satellite GPS, forests and trees, a screenshot of my phone library...

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 ...a person dressed in Bernie Sanders...

...a person dressed in Bernie Sanders...

 ...an iPhone panorama glitch....

...an iPhone panorama glitch....

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 ...a pigeon rising from a pile of stuffed animals that will likely outlive us all, at the Oakland Coliseum...

...a pigeon rising from a pile of stuffed animals that will likely outlive us all, at the Oakland Coliseum...

 agnes eating watermelon in the water

agnes eating watermelon in the water