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a video screening, part of the Failure Festival
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7pm
madelife [2000 21st street, Boulder]
full festival schedule is here!

Not fixated on or preoccupied with emotional reflections on failing, the works in title goes here instead co-opt the act of failing into one’s practice. Works in the program either set out to deliberately fail at a task impossible to succeed at, provide a social critique of society’s failures, or are byproducts of the trials and errors inherent in making.

The paradox of failure is that one cannot set out to fail, because the evaluation process of success – as measured by failure – becomes irrelevant. […] embracing failure offer(s) the possibility of refusing the primary drive of successful art […] the concept of which […] is a mis-construction at the core of our reception of art. [from Lisa Le Feuvre “Strive to Fail” (from FAILURE, 2010)]

With works by: 0100101110101101.org (Eva and Franco Mattes)Christina BattleNick CampbellAdán De La GarzaBrian LyeJenna MauriceJon Sasaki, and Cooper Battersby + Emily Vey Duke.

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Ru be Goldb erg Mach ine 1 – Jon Sasaki – 0.50mins – 2014

A trailer commissioned by the Images Festival for the 2014 screening programme. An uninterrupted handheld tracking shot documents a Rube Goldberg machine made from film and video equipment, loosely representing the steps between screenwriting and projection. When the chain-reactions do not go as smoothly as planned, the hand of the filmmaker has to visibly intervene and get things back on track. As disparate components come together to form a whole, themes of improvisation, revision, make-do and mid-course-correction emerge to take center stage. Variation 1 of 5.

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A Cure For Being Ordinary – Duke and Battersby – 6mins – 2004

A short experimental narrative that tells the story of Tim Eckman, a young computer programmer who escapes the drudgery of the work place by moving into the rafters above his cubicle. From his perspective there, he is able to draw conclusions about the impact of capitalism on human perceptions of time. A Cure for Being Ordinary is a part of the trilogy The New Freedom Founders.

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Difficulties In Relating To The Toadstool Rock – Jenna Maurice – 4.19mins – 2013

In this video I relate to the toadstool rock by attempting to completing the task of balancing another rock on my head. This video is part of a series of performances titled “Concerning the Landscape: A Study in Relationships.” By examining the ambiguity of the relationship with the toadstool rock via reactionary approaches, this performance seeks to investigate the dynamics within the space of landscape as well as the limits of my experience within it based on the intentions of my actions. This simple relational interaction with this landscape make way for the possibility of the landscape to be thought of in regards to emotion and connection. This series of works focus on concrete questions that determine the limitation of the human experience.

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notes to self #2 – Christina Battle – 0.45mins – 2014

A new, ongoing project. notes to self.

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No Fun – 0100101110101101.org (Eva and Franco Mattes) – 8.33mins – 2010

No Fun is the edited video of an online performance in which we simulated a suicide and filmed viewers’ reactions. It is staged on a popular website that pairs random people from around the world for webcam-based conversations.

Thousands watched him hanging from the ceiling, swinging slowly for hours, without knowing whether it was real or not. They unwittingly became the subject of the work.

No Fun tries to create a situation of the most dire loneliness and affect, exaggerating the distance and lack of real engagement in online encounters, to slow down the endless social media flux with a moment of absolute reality.

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scrape – Unsane – 3.22mins – 1995
Alternating between lo-fi rehearsal footage of Unsane and a series of serious skateboarding wipeouts.

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Ru be Goldb erg Mach ine 2 – Jon Sasaki – 0.50mins – 2014
A trailer commissioned by the Images Festival for the 2014 screening programme. An uninterrupted handheld tracking shot documents a Rube Goldberg machine made from film and video equipment, loosely representing the steps between screenwriting and projection. When the chain-reactions do not go as smoothly as planned, the hand of the filmmaker has to visibly intervene and get things back on track. As disparate components come together to form a whole, themes of improvisation, revision, make-do and mid-course-correction emerge to take center stage. Variation 2 of 5.

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time spent pondering the absurdity of being censored while talking about being censored – Adán De La Garza – 3.43mins – 2011

In the Spring of 2011 I received the following email notifying me of the removal of a piece of work I had just installed. __________________________________________________________________________

“Hi Adan,  We are so sorry but after much deliberation we have decided to pull the piñata performance piece from the sound art exhibition at ____. This was our decision as the directors of the gallery.  We really like your work and think you have a very strong statement but we think where this work has been sited in the exhibit invites uncontrollable misinterpretation.

If we had a controlled opportunity to educate all passers by about the intention and purpose of your work we would have included it, but because it is in a fishbowl of sorts (which is entirely our fault) there is no way to educate all viewers.

We considered moving the performance but as it is a full exhibit unfortunately there is not another appropriate space for the performance to occur.

We apologize that our poor decisions in siting the work have prevented us from including the performance in this particular exhibit. You will be paid in full for your participation in this exhibition as previously agreed.  We would very much like to show your work in the future and are happy to be able to include the Steam Parade piece.

We look forward to seeing you and Max on Friday.

Best,

_____ _________ _______ | _________ of ____________ Art  __________ of Colorado at Colorado Springs  w: ___.___.____ | www.___________.org”

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time spent pondering the absurdity of being censored while talking about being censored was initially documentation of myself trying to comprehend and explain why the work had been removed from the show. I determined it was more important to echo the sentiment and vagueness displayed in their reasoning’s and simply remove all the articulate dialog. This turned the video into a visualization of confusion and stumbling fleeting thoughts. The audio becomes a composition determined by speech and thought patterns that welcomes “uncontrollable misinterpretation.”

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Discomfort – Nick Campbell – 10mins – 2013
Endurance video.


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Training a Fool is Not a Joke – Brian Lye – 5mins – 2011

Training a Fool is Not a Joke (2011) is a silent looped film that takes inspiration from Rodney Graham’s Vexation Island (1997). Set in the backyard of a South Vancouver home that is slated for demolition, I perform as an apprentice tree pruner who has been hired to remove a large dead branch from a tree. However, the inexperienced arborist is put at risk when the task at hand goes awry. These follies of the everyday point to the adverse effects of Vancouver real estate speculation as well as the foolish nature of demolishing a perfectly good old home.

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Ru be Goldb erg Mach ine 5 – Jon Sasaki – 0.50mins – 2014

A trailer commissioned by the Images Festival for the 2014 screening programme. An uninterrupted handheld tracking shot documents a Rube Goldberg machine made from film and video equipment, loosely representing the steps between screenwriting and projection. When the chain-reactions do not go as smoothly as planned, the hand of the filmmaker has to visibly intervene and get things back on track. As disparate components come together to form a whole, themes of improvisation, revision, make-do and mid-course-correction emerge to take center stage. Variation 5 of 5.