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:

1520 Sedgwick Avenue_ In Memory Of Rap_Looking For The Perfect Beat_Flash Memory

Phase II - The Roxy, Celluloid Records, 1982

WORLD PREMIERE! 1983 NYC BREAKERS,PHASE II,BRIM (GRAFFITI ARTIST )
THE 4 ELEMENTS OF HIP HOP

The Original Videograf Series Issue 1 - Phase2 Clip © Videograf Productions, 1989

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