Portfolio (recent works)

Film/Video:

The Lost (working title) (2018): 

A surrealist fantasy film that is a modern spin on the Hansel & Gretel fairytale.

password: lost

 

Sunny With a Chance… (2018)

Sunny with a chance… follows the imagination of a child fueled by children’s books as she traverses through her larger than life environment.

password: sunny

Screening history:

(May) Unaccompanied Narratives, The City Museum, St. Louis, MO

 

The Fawn (2017)

The Fawn is a collaborative, intergenerational storytelling project for the 21st century. This social media born, expanded cinema work unites art and life through the reinvention and the magical realism of a child’s imagination, who is constantly stuck at her parent’s work, and she moves to another level with Snapchat. The Fawn is a no budget work that utilizes free mobile applications to explore character and contemporary issues in ecology through the whimsical perspective of childhood.

The most important part about tomorrow is not the technology or the automation, but that man is going to come into entirely new relationships with his fellow men. He will retain much more in his everyday life of what we term the naïveté and idealism of the child. I think the way to see what tomorrow is going to look like is just to look at our children.

–Buckminster Fuller

password: fawn

Awards:

2017   Best Experimental Film, Paris Play Film Festival, Paris, France

Screening history:

2018:   (Autumn) W:OW Art Film & Video Festival, museo La Neomudejar, Madrid, Spain

Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne/ArtvideoKOELN

Screened: The Fawn

(May)14th Athens Digital Art Festival, W:OW Art Film & Video Festival screening, Athens, Greece

Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne/ArtvideoKOELN

Unaccompanied Narratives (solo exhibition), The City Museum, St. Louis, MO

San Mauro Film Festival, San Mauro Torinese, Italy

Beloit International Film Festival, Beloit, Wisconsin

Velcom Smartphone Mobile Film Festival, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

Bronx World Film Cycle 2018, New York, NY

Curated by Walter Krochmal

Time Is Love.11 International Video Art Program

traveling exhibition went to:

Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK

Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema, Malta

Curated by Kisito Assangni

2017:   London Experimental Anti-festival, London, UK

Genre Celebration Festival, Shanghai, China

Hyper Hybrid Festival, Munich, Germany

Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos (FICMA), Mexico City, Mexico

Milan Biennial of Art 2017 International Contemporary Art, MAD Milano Gallery, Milan, Italy

Curated by Carlo Greco and Alessandra Magni

20th Annual Antimatter [Media Art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada

Hey! You! Get Off of My Cloud!, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY,

Curated by Michele Thursz

The Mediterranean Film Festival, Siracusa, Italy

Mr. Move Video Art Festival, SantaGiulia Fine Arts Academy, Brescia, Italy

Paris Play Film Festival, Paris, France

                                               Won Best Experimental Film

MoveCineArte Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Venice, Italy; Paris, France

Underground FilmFest, Munich, Germany

The 6ix Annual Toronto Smart Phone Festival, Toronto, Canada

Short to the Point Experimental Selection March 2017, Romania

Moving Pictures Festival, Belgium

Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, online competition

 

Remnant Thought (2017)

Experimental horror created in collaboration with sound artist and performer felnyrii (SIU MCMA MFA 2017 Michael Maxwell) and by Jennida Chase’s cinematography class (CP 475 at Southern Illinois University) at the City Museum in St. Louis during the spring semester of 2017. Produced and edited by Jennida Chase. Make up by niressecosplay (Elizabeth Dennis SIUC Theater alumna).

Screening history:

2018   Unaccompanied Narratives, The City Museum, St. Louis, MO

MystiCon Independent Film Festival, Roanoke, VA

2017   Fake Flesh Film Festival, Kamloops, BC, Canada

 

Nine Frame Noir (2016)

This stop-motion animation Nine Frame Noir is a feminist, film noir. The film consists of nine segments within a single frame aligned in a grid. Each segment depicts a tiny, looped gesture based in traditional film noir language. Each segment shows a plot point of the story arc of which they are all pieces. The central moment is the poisoning of a man which is surrounded by the events that lead up to the murder. This silent whodunit minimizes the male character and focusing on the wife, mistress, detective, and social structure seeking to bring the female experience to the forefront of this experimental thriller. The structure flattens time and language into single repetitive instances mimicking the act of cycling through traumatic memory.

password: noir

This project was also launched as a digital installation on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/nineframenoir/

Exhibition history:

2018    Arc Film Festival, Mainz, Germany

2017   Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Genre Celebration Festival, Shanghai, China

Move Me Productions : Online Short Films Festival, Belgium

2016    CICA Experimental Film & Video Exhibition 2016, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

 

The Pleasure of Ruins (2016)

The Gem Theater in Cairo, Illinois, Spree Park, Teufelsburg, and Tempelhof in Berlin, Germany either stand in ruins or are mere glimpses of what they once were. S/N animates details from these spaces in an attempt to dance with these ghosts from the past, and comment on age, loss, and dying.

Indeed, romantic ruins seem to guarantee origins. They promise authenticity, immediacy and authority. However, there is a paradox. In the case of ruins, what is allegedly present and transparent whenever authenticity is claimed is present only as an absence.

  • Andreas Huyssen

In Ruined places there lies peculiar pleasure. The grandeur they had…

  • Rose Macaulay

password: ruin

Screening history:

2017    Contemporary Landscape Exhibition, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

Filmideo, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

Time is Love.10 International Video Art Program

Curated by Kisito Assangni,

traveling exhibition went to:

Gallery MCube, Lalitpur, Nepal

Sophia Underground Performance Art Festival, Sophia, Bulgaria

FIVAC – International Video Art Festival of Camaguey, Camaguey, Cuba

Future Imperfect Symposium, Plymouth University, Plymouth, Great Britain

ZKM: Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

Artspace, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

Past the Edges (2016)

A layered, mediated study of digitally collected morning light. The work is a process oriented exercise collected over several dozens of summer mornings in Southern Illinois. With a reflection of local beauty and a sense of rising tension, the work emotionally reflects a space and time in which the ever increasing division in bipartisan politics is wreaking havoc across a region. Created while entering the second fiscal year of a frozen state budget in Illinois, Past the Edges is a quiet meditation on location and circumstance.

Screening history:

2017    Abstract Mind: the 2nd International Exhibition on Abstract Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

2016    Lightworks 2016, Curated by Chris Lillywhite & Patrick Holley, Grimsby, UK

 

Other Dreams (2016)

Other Dreams is the second in a series of location responsive performances. The second location explored is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Virginia Beach, Virginia called the Andrew B. Cooke House. The series explores space, and performance in relation to gender, class and race.

password: FLW

Screening history:

2018:   Portraits 2018 International Exhibition, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

2016:   Mary Ellen Dillard Media & Performance Gallery Grand Opening, Carbondale Community Art Center, Carbondale, IL

Big Muddy Tributaries Screening, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

FEDAXV, St. Thomas, Chile

Time is Love.9 International Video Art Program

Curated by Kisito Assangni,

traveling exhibition went to:

Plateau Gallery, Berlin, Germany

List I Ljosi Light Festival, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Galerie de la Voûte, Paris, France

 

In the Dreams of Others (2014)

In The Dreams of Others is a poetic character study created by S/N, and is the first in a series of location responsive performances called Dream Sequences. The first location explored is a rural setting on the eastern banks of Lake Michigan. The performance seeks to question the sway of cognitive and relational impact that location implicates. The narrative is loosely based on creating a story life within rituals specific to environment, and operates as a fragmented, cinematic representation of a multi-racial family. The performers begin to inhabit a reality not their own, in the interest of pinpointing the reflection of space on identity. The series explores space, and performance in relation to gender, class and race. The investigation exists in two versions: as a four-channel installation, which seeks to include and envelop spectators into these mediated reflections as well as a single channel split frame screening version.

password: dreams

Screening history:

2016:  Los Angeles Cinefest – Semifinalist, Los Angeles, CA

Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Norwich Radical Film Festival, Norwich, United Kingdom

Concept: International Exhibition on Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

2015:  Bronx World Film Cycle, New York

Family Film Project 2015 Festival, Porto, Portugal

Best Off Fonlad 2015, presented by The Videolab Project, El Escorial, Madrid, Spain

Bideodromo International Experimental Film and Video Festival

BilbaoArte Art Production Center, Bilbao, Spain

Fonlad: Online Festival of Digital Art, Portugal

Filmideo:10th Annual Film & Video Screening, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, Curated by Lowell Craig

Underground Film Festival, Munich, Germany

Walthamstow International Film Festival, Walthamstow, UK

Phase One Electronic Music and Arts Festival 2015, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Three Cities Online Festival and Conference, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  

Time is Love.8 International Video Art Program

Curated by Kisito Assangni,

traveling exhibition went to:

Expressive Arts Institute, San Diego, CA

Zeta Art Center & Gallery, Tirana, Albania

A Lab, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain

National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan, Morocco

Sobering Galerie, Paris, France

Sakura Works, Yokohama, Japan

Here are two interviews regarding In the Dreams of Others:
https://issuu.com/wacartpress/docs/cinwom_iss016_art.cinema/80 
and
http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-videos/2016/8/24/norwich-radical-film-festival-in-the-dreams-of-others

 

New Media:

Aunt Johaha: A Taste of l’Avenir (2017)

Aunt Johaha : A Taste of l’Avenir is an existential cooking blog and web presence test kitchen. The project is an exploration in flavor through the Tardis-like concept of ‘the kitchen’. And it works through contemporary ideas of self expression through the development of of a social media persona using a Dr. Who style framework of protagonistic-multiplicity.

The various Aunt Johahas of the the ages express their feelings and impart wisdom through an interconnected aggregate of culinary joy on Tumblr and Instagram. Each iteration of Aunt Johaha, favors slightly different culinary approaches and express themselves in a slightly different light and a different relationship to food.

Cooking blogs seek to share in an enthusiasm for flavor. Art blogs seek to contribute to the cultural context of the art world. Instagram showcases parts of our lives and careers and so on… By engaging in story building along with conceptual and culinary aggregation on multiple timelines and through a couple of formats (like a culinary blog) allows for a rambunctious and irreverent social commentary.

More interested in topology than narrative structure, Johaha explores relationships to food and culture, and relationships among women are explored and displayed in a familial context. Using the language of food and art blogs to develop personas to comment on gender doubles back on itself in an ironic idiom.

https://auntjohaha.tumblr.com/

https://www.instagram.com/auntjohaha/

password: johaha

            Exhibition history:

2017    Solo Exhibition (titled: Aunt Johaha: A Taste of l’Avenir) at Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, during New Media Conference 2017, Curated by Leejin Kim

Philly Tech Week 2017: Out of Context Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Belinda Haikes & Gaby Heit

 

Interactive Map Series (2016)

Handy Video Berlin:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1MjkeOlJ6r1zgUpgpJSXvIeJ3hT0

Raze : s/n

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1ky6oNEIYirCAOJIX80WkEUjGgRI

RVA Remix:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1yWLQZtYWZHtPYg-rJVzQWhjtZdc

 

Screenplay:

An Open Letter to the Academy in A- (2015)

2016   NewLife Film Festival & Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Too Short to Die Online Screenplay Competition, Vilnius, Lithuania

 

Installation/Performance:

By Day & By Night (2017)

Screening history:

2017    Time and Space, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

 

Sound:

Ultra-Art Vim & Vigor Score (2014):

This score was commissioned and designed for artist Nia Burks’ Sudden Sustain performance at Postmaster’s Gallery in New York City. The score acts as an expansive, rambunctious and haunting crash course to video-art history. The artist installed several ‘stripper poles’ in the center of Postmasters Gallery and performed to the score with a dozen performing artist, dancers, and body positivity activists to collide the worlds of fitness, ideas of sexuality, video art, and sound art within the high-stakes art world.

Sudden Sustain Statement by Nia Burks: On December 13th 2014 at 9pm at Postmasters Gallery in New York City, NY, the performance Sudden Sustained by Nia Burks occurred. The work is a 15 minute long movement based improvisational performance in which seven dancers responded to the sound accompaniment Ultra Art: Vim and Vigor Remix, composed by Jennida Chase. The sound was heard by all performers in the space for the first time during the live performance. Movement occurred both individually and through contact via floor and aerial movement on two 10 ft static and spinning poles. Performers include Nia Burks, Kat Weakley, Kaylinn Bezenar, Reamey Belski, Melvin Sanchez, Roz Mays and Ashley Fox. The work’s sound accompaniment is the primary relic of the performance, which remains minimally documented in an effort to emphasize the ephemeral nature of the sound/body relationship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUAmPCp9eTU

 

 

            Exhibited:

2014:   Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

 

Works in Progress:

Recollection Project:

The Reclamation Project is an interactive, cross-platform, site-specific documentary highlighting memories of African American residents in Richmond, Virginia from before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement. The project seeks to feature previously overlooked oral histories of this historically significant and racially divided city, showcasing memories and experiences of its aging African-American population across eras of profound social change. Memories of daily life, specific events, changes and developments witnessed during the tumultuous civil rights era in some of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods are essential to the spirit and purpose of this work. This public project seeks to commemorate and inspire with stories of what the African American community has overcome so far. We aim to blend traditional oral history techniques and documentary filmmaking with twenty-first century platforms for historically relevant sense of place. Completed segments will be embedded into the Richmond landscape using a mobile augmented-reality application that works with available cell phone technology. Users will be able to stand in the present and access memories of that location from another era with their own mobile devices. We will also create a website with interactive maps so the documentary can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

http://richmondreclamationproject.com/

Sample footage:

password: Richmond

            Grants Received:

CultureWorks Innovation Grant

Semi-finalist The McArthur Foundation Documentary Film Grant

William A. Minor Grant

The Pollination Grant

The Puffin Grant

Semi-finalist Sundance New Horizon Lab

 

Last Year in Marion IL (screenplay):

An homage to Last Year in Marienbad set against the backdrop of the craft beer and slow food movement. Last Year in Marion, IL is a sensual, rich, conversational story of tangled, relational understanding. It is a look at a generation searching for substance and meaning, who are breaking up with big cities and looking for clarity within and without. The story unfolds on the property of a craft brewery as it gears up for its biggest tasting dinner of the season. A dreamy affair develops in the terroir while harvesting, foraging. It is a collision between Last Year in Marienbad, Babette’s Feast and Wings of Desire.

 

Works that continued to screen/exhibit…

RVA Remix (2012)

(new media collection featuring 10 individual video/sound pieces)

Screening history:

2017   Ephesus Video Art Program, curated by Tahir Ün

                       International Cukurova Art Days, Adana and Mersin, Turkey

Grand Efes Art Days Program, Swissôtel Buyuk Efes, Izmir, Turkey

2016   Ephesus Street Video Art Screening, Selcuk and Izmir Turkey

 

RAZE : S/N (2012)

(new media collection featuring 15 individual video/sound pieces)

Screening history:

2014    Time Together, New Media Caucus Screening at Society for Photographic Education Conference, Baltimore, MD, Curated by Simone Paterson

 

The Handy-Video Kanal (2011)

(new media collection featuring 155 individual video/sound pieces)

Screening history:

2017   The Art of Sleep, CP Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Curated by Robert Spahr

Screened: Music for Dark Corners

2016    Artist and Location, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, Curated by Leejin Kim

2015    Mixed Meow, curated by Belinda Haikes, American Institute of Graphic Arts: Philadelphia Chapter, SPACE, Philadelphia, PA

 

The Elsewhere Collection (2010)

(new media collection featuring 109 individual video/sound pieces)

Screening history:

2015    UMW Media Wall, Hurley Convergence Center, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

(selected video: LionsDenWalls)

 

Lollipop, Don’t Be a Hero (2009) 35mm film

Screening history:

2017   IndieWise Film Festival, Miami, Florida

2015   Move Me Productions : Online Short Films Festival, Belgium