Installation, Video, Sculpture, Drawings
The piece, channel zero, is a series of video works, objects, and writings, that work together to explore the ways in which queerness can manifest and intervene within an exhibition space (the white cube), within the media, and the world at large. In this case, I am using the lens of mass media/playing on the space itself (an established gallery for contemporary art) as a space to play and disrupt societal norms and expectations. By creating a ‘mock’ set for a TV ‘channel’ / installation that breaks the 4th wall and plays the untelevised video works that don’t make it to the main network on a TV screen within the set. There are 3 video pieces playing on the TV; the /mom/ meditation video, play / dance video, and the cake video, which opens a discussion about non-binary thinking. Nearby to the set, are cushions covered by rainbow fabrics for people to sit in. I have created a sculpture of two heads with guts leaking out, holding an iphone crown, which held an animation of a moving rainbow. Additionally, I incorporated drawings, neon tape, branches, confetti, text, rocks, plants, colored fabrics, text message screenshots and recycled spray painted rainbows on paper.
Link to video loop: https://vimeo.com/336993972
The New Cycle
Video, TV, headphones
In this piece, ‘The New Cycle’, I created a new version of the bible that is performed by a ‘future muther mary’, telling the story of the genesis of a post-human, non-dualistic earth after our current earth is destroyed by the humans. Thus, a new, dreamlike version of the earth is birthed which encompasses all types of creatures, organisms, and life and encourages their equal treatment. Using a queer narrative, I work to deconstruct our current perception of the human as being at the top of the hierarchy and places the emphasis on protecting the earth and its creatures and birthing new from old. This video is a new edit and version of an older installation, ‘Birth of the Second Earth’.
Link to video:https://vimeo.com/333583503
Video was installed at Bien Cuadrado gallery in Barcelona within a collective exhibition organized and curated by Tangent Project. The show is called ‘Prototypes for a Feminist Future’ and runs from May 1st, 2019 – May 31, 2019.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Installation with 5 Videos on 5 Laptops, Fabric, Plastic, Silver Confetti
This piece explores the notion of a queer techno(e)cology which embraces new knowledges and landscapes which have been not only queered but digitized and transformed as we adapt and evolve. I am investigating this ‘queering’ of consciousness and nature, specifically utilizing interviews of queer-identifying people regarding their experiences and perspectives on queerness and the idea of a queer consciousness. In showing this queer tecno(e)cology, I intend to express the futuristic and transformative nature of the present.
Link to video documentation: https://vimeo.com/318504785
The Great Big Zoom
Installation with 2 Videos on 2 MacBooks, Fabric, Paper, Spray Paint, Silver Confetti
I am exploring the notion of interdimensional zones using rainbows as a symbolic portal to the ‘great big zoom’ (the universe). Looking at performance, drag and magic as gateway to transformation and as a way of queering the way in which we see ourselves and the reality in which we live, I am interested in the capability for human beings to be endless, multiple and more loving and open. Thus, bringing the potential or imagined consciousness of other realities to this one to make it a more overall loving and judgement free zone. The videos are synched and run at specific times on each screen, allowing the two monitors and videos to interact.
Link to video playing in the installation: https://vimeo.com/311885664
Installation with Video, Fabric, Branches and Tape
“For the two sexes imply a multiplicity of molecular combinations bringing into play not only the man in the woman and the woman in the man, but the relation of each to the animal, the plant, etc.: a thousand tiny sexes”
(Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, 1980)
This video piece explores the potential queerness of relationships and the different possibilities that intimate relationships hold. It explores fluidity between friends and lovers and the ways in which relationships can be a varietal combination of asexual, sexual, reproductive, nonproductive, hetero, queer and exist as ‘individuolovers’ (ones), ‘loverfriends’ (pairs), and ‘grouplovies’ (groups). Using text, a set and costumes with fantasy genitalia, I hoped to create an alternate version of reality with plantoids /half-human:half-plant people/ which embraces different forms of intimacy and fluidity regarding sexuality and gender.
Link to video: https://vimeo.com/277531789
Installation at Homesession Gallery:
Hooray for Play
Installation with Video, Fabric, Paper and Yarn
I am interested in exploring play as a social exercise and form of expression outside of the context childhood. There is a queerness or non-normative mode in playing as an adult which has a great potential to work to challenge hegemony and societal norms. True play is different for each person, as different things give different people bliss. In this piece, I am working to explore what play is for me; what makes me feel embarrassed, what makes me laugh, or gives me bliss. I have been working to practice play in my life in public and in private; dancing ‘too’ wild, wearing theatrical makeup, doing drag, laughing ‘too’ loud in public, creating stories and singing poorly are all practices that I have been engaging in regularly. I have found the importance of following one’s own sense of fun and humor, seeing the importance in not being embarrassed even when cultural and societal norms indicate that you should be. By engaging in these forms of play, one can work to define their own social norms and influence others and the environment in which they exist.
Hooray for Play
Installation with Video, Fabric, Paper and Yarn
Link to video playing in the installation: https://vimeo.com/277531789
Birth of the Second EarthInstallation with Video, Fabric, Paper and Yarn
Exhibited at Mutuo Gallery in April 2018
The final work was an installation which was which consisted of two video pieces, a nest sculpture, fabrics, synthetic and organic plant materials, and costume elements.
Description of Elements: The piece is made up of multiple parts. The first being a ‘bible’ that I wrote for the destruction of our present earth and creation of a new earth (which can be found here: https://raechelteitelbaumart.wordpress.com/creative-writing/new-bible/.) Following the creation of the bible, I created the first video art piece called ‘New Muther Mary Bible Reading’ I made a performance in nature in which I read the bible I had written as a manifesto for all surviving creatures of the new birth of the earth while wearing my nest hat and ‘new muther mary’ costume that I designed. For the second video, artist Joa Blumenkranz makes a performance where she becomes one of the creatures who is waking up in the new world, wearing a costume I designed (antlers, wings and fabric earrings). The ‘New Muther Mary Bible Reading’ video played on the computer while the ‘Creature Shapes’ video played on an iPad inside the nest. The nest and nest hat I created as a part of a preliminary sculptural piece called ‘Mobile Home’ (see below for more information).
Statement: For most humans in the contemporary digital world, our lives are entangled with devices and machines that encourage constant connection to a second virtual world while simultaneously existing in our current reality. This piece works to acknowledge the multilayered realities of our techno-world by creating a new version of the world which merges the natural and the digital. Creating a new bible became a way to tell the story of the new genesis of a post-human, non-dualistic earth through performative story telling. In this narrative, our current earth is destroyed and a new version is generated ultimately producing an alternate reality and queering our current perception of what can and cannot exist. The piece hopes to produce an interconnected, dreamlike version of the earth that encompasses all types of creatures; humans and non-humans, robots and machines and fleshy beasts, plants, soil and rocks alike and encourages their equal treatment. Thus, attempting to deflate the image of the human at the top of the hierarchy and placing the emphasis on protecting the earth and its creatures, ending power wars and division. Using a queer narrative and the notion of world building, the piece creates a new world was birthed out of prior existent ones.
Installation at Mutuo:
Photo documentation of performance in Video 1, playing on a loop on iPad inside nest see above image 4.
Full Video Documentation: https://vimeo.com/263871866
Artist and performer Joa Blumenkranz as creature from New World Bible.
Photo documentation of performance ‘New Muther Mary Bible Reading’, playing on a loop on computer (see above image 1 on the left)
Full video documentation: https://vimeo.com/263871866
Performing a reading of the bible
New Mobile Home
Video, wood, plastic, paper, yarn, synthetic and organic plants, rope, mesh, fabric, monitor and computer, wire
Statement: For most humans in the contemporary digital world, our lives are intertwined with cords and wires and machines that encourage constant connection to a virtual world while we simultaneously exist in this reality. This piece works to acknowledge multilayered realities of our current techno-world by creating a new version of the world. This post-human, earth piece was imagined to be the second birth of the world in which a nondualistic planet arises after a period of isolation. This version of the earth imagines a dreamlike and interconnected world that encompasses all different types of creatures; humans and non-humans, robots and machines and fleshy beasts, plants, soil and rocks alike. Their mission, to treat each other as equals and keep the planet happy and healthy, deflating the image of the human at the top of the hierarchy and stopping the power war between the different elements of the world.
This installation is a three-part piece that was exhibited at Metafora Open Studios in December 2017, containing a video art piece in which I make a performance in nature wearing the costume, which played on a mac laptop computer located behind the pedestal on the floor, with sound projected from the speaker, the costume itself, the antler crown, and synthetic and organic plant materials.
Full video piece found here: https://vimeo.com/246081502
Statement: This piece is based in the notion that there are multidimensional realities connecting us, humans with nature, plants and animals. I am exploring the connection between our present reality and the magical and imaginary forms of natural as well as the role that media plays both as a divider and an amplifier. By constructing other versions of reality through these mediums, we are world building to construct new realities, blur the lines of reality and simulation and reconsider our own construction of our world. This piece focuses on crossing the magical and imaginative with our current state, potentially creating opportunities for healing and growth.
Photographic Evidence of Video Performance in Costume in Baixador de Vallvidrera, see above for link to video.
Holy Water from Hell
Video, water, wooden octagonal tub, fresh fruit, herbs, salts, oils.
Video documentation: https://vimeo.com/290145118
This piece was inspired by the death of one of my closest friends, who drowned jumping from a waterfall into a rapid, current driven plunge pool. The healing process following this trauma opened up my dialogue with water, as new fears began to develop about the element and the immense power that it holds. Fear produces a distorted version of reality which can create multiverses in the mind, layered versions of reality alongside the imagined versions. Healing, on the other hand, can work to beautify those multilayered realities, sewing them together to mend wounds of the mind. Fruits, herbs, salts and oils can all change the physical and metaphysical properties and work as purifying or curative agents in the water, changing the way the water is experienced. Rituals and healing techniques are often used as coping mechanisms after trauma. These rituals can be as small as having a cup of tea or drawing a bath once a week and setting aside time to think. My own healing process involved bathing with herbs and salts, eating fresh and purifying fruit and turning to nature and the very same element which killed my friend. By juxtaposing contained, still, healing water with imagery of moving, uncontained and uncontrolled water, I examine the intersection between these contrasting realities, addressing the vast power water possesses to both kill and heal and the different ways it can be experienced, used, and remembered.