Snow Mountain Ranch is a meditation on the elasticity of time and the veracity of representation. The focus is on careful observation and on a tension between the static and the dynamic. Shot from the patio of my hotel room at a YMCA Resort located just down the road from Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado, where I spent two summers a boy. The video begins as a single continuous take. We are witness to two unfolding narratives, happening at very different scales, the action of the weather and that of the cowboys. Both the movements of the sky and the action on the ground have been accelerated but not always to the same degree.
Edited excerpts of the performance documentation from 2/25/2012. Curator and long time viDEO sAVant supporter Steve Liggeitt, of Living Arts of Tulsa, paired the sAVant crew with a group of choreographer/dancers for this improvisational extravaganza.
Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, "Table of Elements" attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which we view a painting. I’m interested in creating a tension between the static and the dynamic. Initially the work may at times appear unchanging, although never static, and the piece, which at first may seem like it can be absorbed in a single glance, gradually reveals new dimensions of itself over time, or through repeated encounters. The work is exhibited as a diptych, with two synchronized video loops displayed on two adjacent monitors.
The images for "Heaven" were produced at the Experimental TV Center. Nicholas Economos and I shared part of the residency and he helped me develop this complex patch using both the Jones Frame Buffer and Jones Keyer with a slow oscillator varying the amount of “trails” we see at any one time.