GENRE video installation / RUNNING TIME 8 min / YEAR 2014
The CYOA series is a 2-4 channel video work. It is based on 5 independent video works which have been used in different contexts, collaborations and site-specific installations. The intent is to explore shifting the meaning and impact of these video works within different artistic constructions, cultures and contexts.
The work follows ’alien nation’ themes — aliens, alienation, alien integration — which characterized and catalyzed the mindscape and soundscape of the Caribbean, and subsequently Caribbean carnival cultures. Similar themes have been mirrored in the US-UK inner-city immigrant communities of the 70s-80s where rap and hip-hop became the locus of inner-city social transformation. The installation work examines cyclical repetition in migration, globalization, community friction and artistic intervention.
CYOA Rhythms was inspired by the ‘scratch video’ movement— video collage projections in 80s London/NYC nightclubs, often constructed from popular TV to create politically subversive meanings. CYOA Rhythms is an homage to these historical times and communities.
view preview . @ the carnival project / #cyoa-rhythms
08.2015 2015 Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games / Toronto
09.2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival / Port of Spain
05.2014 The Carnival Project / New York