7 hells and 7 heavens
the demons keep coming out cute
1 spitting in the face of children
2 make a fig shape with the hand
3 drawing circles
4 cold showers
5 Eucalyptus Citriodora
6 what I know thou also knowest
high enough to burn up
dying and born all the time
Catherine lives and works in San Diego. Find more on her work at http://www.catherineczacki.com
MARCH 10 - 23
Animal Charm makes videos from other people's videos. By compositing TV and reducing it to a kind of tic-ridden babble, they force television to not make sense. While this disruption is playful, it also reveals an overall 'essence' of mass culture that would not be apprehended otherwise. Videos such as Stuffing, Ashley, and Lightfoot Fever upset the hypnotic spectacle of TV viewing, revealing how advertising creates anxiety, how culture constructs "nature" and how conventional morality is dictated through seemingly neutral images. By forcing television to convulse like a raving lunatic, we might finally hear what it is actually saying.
Animal Charm, a collaboration between Richard Bott (b. 1972 Louisville, Kentucky) and Jim Fetterley (b.1971 Rockford, Illinois)-began using found VHS tapes to make video collages in 1995. With the advent of YouTube a decade away, the artists culled bins of dead and devalued media, including industrial and promotional videos, bargain vinyl LPs, and consumer-
grade electronics. They then combined disparate footage, using early nonlinear video-editing software, to create unsettling and humorous works. The duo compose unexpected juxtapositions in an attempt to subvert the original intentions of the found videos and to expose their absurdity while eliciting new meanings from the detritus of culture.
Link to more work by and information on Animal Charm at http://animalcharm.com.
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