A Circle with a Dot, 2018
single channel video, 17 min 41 sec
Presented as part of an installation:
Sony Trinitron Colour TV, DTS DVD Player, headphones, wood table, wood chairs, VHS cassette
series of four prints, 210 mm x 210 mm :
Phase I, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Phase II, The Roxy, 515 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Phase III, Mondo Kim’s, 6 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003
Phase IV, 101 Social Club, 101 Northdown Rd, Margate, CT9 2QY
created for ‘Now and Then’ at 101 Social Club, as part of Margate Festival 2018
Are some cultures relegated to a slow death of deteriorating pixels, audio signals and fading ink?
What makes a culture significant?
If the neighbourhood is the circle then who and what is represented by the dot?
Between 2000 and 2001, I lived in the lower east side of New York City with a photographer friend. He had photographed many iconic artists from the 90’s Hip Hop era: Public Enemy, Outcast, Gravediggaz, Pete Rock, CL Smooth, members of the Wu Tang Clan, Notorious B.I.G. and many others. We lived on East 5th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, two blocks away from cult video store, Mondo Kim’s.
On my fourth day in New York we rented out Phase IV, based solely on the cover image and the fact it was the first and only film directed by Saul Bass. Using Phase IV and the number four as starting points, I explore connections in the phases of creation, expression, suppression and preservation of identities and their significance on cultures through time.
Excerpts taken from:
Phase II - The Roxy, Celluloid Records, 1982
Phase IV directed by Saul Bass, 1974
Copyrights of the audio and visuals used in this piece are owned by the original artists.
Each excerpt is used for artistic and non commercial reasons and in no way intended to harm, prejudice or attempt to own the copyrights of the original