Fool me once you can’t get fooled again – Tucson


Fool me once you can’t get fooled again
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 7pm
MOCA Tucson [265 South Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ,]
FREE for MOCA members, $5 non-members

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, ‘Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.'” – George Bush.

On September 17, 2002 this now famous quote was added to the string of gaffes Bush became famous for, now collectively classified as Bushisms. Our reading of these gaffes as humor, reinforced by the ironic and often sardonic tone now common in our dominant culture developed into a coping mechanism for his administration’s misdirection, serving as a tool to ease the blow of his cutthroat and horrific policies.

Whether personal, cultural or political, works in this program use humor as a method of dealing with larger issues. Considering the fine line between absurdity and humor, the program investigates where the difference between the two might lie.

Fool me once you can’t get fooled again was curated for an invitation by MOCA Tucson to present a screening as part of their Alex Von Bergen exhibition – December 17, 2015.

Including works by: Karen & Jaimz Asmundson, Rachelle Beaudoin, Adam CastleLJ Frezza, Serena Lee, Brian Lye, Ryan Simmons, Jon Sasaki,  Zak TathamGwen TrutnauKaren Asmundson, and Lee Walton.

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Scott Mayo is laying around with a sore back – Lee Walton – 0.11 minutes – 2009
From Fbook, What My Friends Are Doing On Facebook A Social Media Performance.

This project explored the relationship between video, mainstream social media and issues of public/private space by looking critically at the social media platform maintained by Facebook.

Over the course of two months, I created more than 50 short videos. These videos were often reposted, copied and distributed by other users, thus creating a virtual feedback loop.

“Because Facebook is a public space, I was interested in how our private living rooms, kitchens and backyards are becoming more shared and homogeneous through technology, mass consumerism and popular culture. I am also wonderning about how we are watching and listening to others and how this information is going to be used to influence, shape and control our future actions.

nature cutawayA Man Who Appreciates A Good Nature Cutaway – Brian Lye – 1.06 minutes – 2014

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Drawn Close – Zak Tatham – 2.53 minutes – 2008
A future prediction of teleportation theory. Point A goes to point B mostly, if you can work it out.

Goths_still01Goths on the Bus – Karen & Jaimz Asmundson – 3.20 minutes – 2010
A couple of uber-goths ride the public transit to go to the mall and buy more lipstick.

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Nothing – LJ Frezza – 6.27 minutes – 2014
Every shot from Seinfeld (1989-1998) where nothing happens. A response to everyone I met in New York who said they’d love the city if only there weren’t so many people in it.

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Bethany Bristow hates her computer – Lee Walton – 0.14 minutes – 2009
From Fbook, What My Friends Are Doing On Facebook A Social Media Performance.

This project explored the relationship between video, mainstream social media and issues of public/private space by looking critically at the social media platform maintained by Facebook.

Over the course of two months, I created more than 50 short videos. These videos were often reposted, copied and distributed by other users, thus creating a virtual feedback loop.

“Because Facebook is a public space, I was interested in how our private living rooms, kitchens and backyards are becoming more shared and homogeneous through technology, mass consumerism and popular culture. I am also wonderning about how we are watching and listening to others and how this information is going to be used to influence, shape and control our future actions.

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Read from cue cards on the first take. A transcript from a random track of Clay’s “The Day The Laughter Died.”

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Hang In There – Jon Sasaki – 2.48 minutes – 2012
An iconic inspirational poster from the 1970s has been restaged. Rotated to horizontal, the cat struggles valiantly against somewhat ambiguous forces. Although his failure to “hang in there” is never shown on screen, a series of jump cuts implies that the original poster’s claims to feline tenacity were possibly overstated.

TheBestofLasVegas STILL 2The Best of Las Vegas – Serena Lee – 2.36 minutes – 2009/2015
The last time we were in Vegas, we stayed at Treasure Island. I was adamant that we drive out to the Liberace museum. We then went to a wig shop in some plaza mall that had been recommended to us. This list should cover everything in between ­ please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Credits:
Voice: Christiaan Pieters

Total_Body_FULL_HD2Webisode #26: Total Body Workout (As Seen on TV) – Rachelle Beaudoin – 4.08 minutes –  2011
The Webisode series is a collection of video/performance pieces in which I demonstrate ways to look “hot”  (sometimes in front of a live audience) while making a webcam video for the YouTube audience. These instructional-style videos demonstrate the steps needed to get a spray tan and bleach your teeth, etc. My online persona, lindschick88 attempts to achieve “hotness” an celebrity through self-sexualization, as I explore privacy verses publicity and issues of access and class through media.

In Total Body Workout, I use various pieces of equipment marketed towards women for fitness using the pieces of equipment together creates an absurd visual but questions the value and effectiveness of any of these items.

3 - Still from video - Adam CastleScreensaver – Single Channel Version – Adam Castle  – 9.37 minutes – 2014
Screensaver explores a bodily relationship to digital imagery in our internet age. Drawing on notions of instructionals, live streaming, pop-ups and infomercials, in this video piece the sheen of the internet screen tumbles in on itself. The work circles around the concept that one can order online a .jpg printed on to a towel. What happens when a digital image is physicalized in this way and rubbed in the body? Will the body become a pixelated .jpg? In a world populated with touchscreen phones, we want to stroke and feel images, but when can we fly up to the iCloud?

polar expressPolar Express – Karen Asmundson & Gwen Trutnau – 5.20 minutess – 2014
The Carnival is back in town and Jim is hellbent for leather to ride the Polar Express and worship his ultimate fantasy: the airbrushed mural of the fur-clad polar goddess. A gender-bending heavy metal mid-way ride of ridiculous fun.

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Alexandra Marie Daniels is awake at 3:23AM – Lee Walton – 0.15 minutes – 2009
From Fbook, What My Friends Are Doing On Facebook A Social Media Performance.

This project explored the relationship between video, mainstream social media and issues of public/private space by looking critically at the social media platform maintained by Facebook.

Over the course of two months, I created more than 50 short videos. These videos were often reposted, copied and distributed by other users, thus creating a virtual feedback loop.

“Because Facebook is a public space, I was interested in how our private living rooms, kitchens and backyards are becoming more shared and homogeneous through technology, mass consumerism and popular culture. I am also wondering about how we are watching and listening to others and how this information is going to be used to influence, shape and control our future actions.