Manipulated Image #6: The Whole Truth, the Space in Between, and Chopping Heads...

Friday, July 24
8:30pm - 10:30pm
@ the Santa Fe Complex

Curated by Alysse Stepanian

As suggested by the titles above, expect a night of screenings as diverse as music videos to mystery and the philosophical questioning of the meaning of life. Join us for the premiere of a new video by Keep Adding's Brian Bixby. Brian will discuss past collaborations with LA filmmaker and spatial reconstructionist, Scott Pagano, whose work will also be screened. We will then take a look at London-based artist, Yuko Takemura's mysterious video tableaux, followed by Gerald Guthrie's animations, replete with technical mastery, humor, and philosophical depth.

Brian Bixby (Santa Fe)

Brian Bixby is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, filmmaker, musician, and the cofounder of Keep Adding, an artist collective formed in 2001. Bixby incorporates digital illustration, photography and video into larger environments and installations. His use of materials is often inspired by advertising and commercially produced products, such as LCD panels, video projectors, light boxes and inkjet printing. Bixby creates mixed-media projects which often utilize layers upon layers of complex code in order to come into existence. As a filmmaker he has produced several music videos for high profile musicians, including Funkstörung, Michael Fakesch and Taprikk Sweezee. His work has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival (2005), Red Dot Art Fair (Miami, Florida), Austin Museum of Digital Art (Texas), Santa Fe International Art Fair, CCA (Santa Fe), International Short Film Festival (Oberhausen, Germany), and at the SonicActs Anthology of Computer Art (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

- premiere of “less sleep” 8:00

Scott Pagano (Los Angeles)

Scott Pagano is a filmmaker, motion designer and spatial reconstructionist. He is a leading edge exemplar of the current digital vanguard reinventing the fine art as well as pop art worlds. He is a visionary and acclaimed Creator Director and Designer in the interactive visual storytelling arts that are being more and more demanded by feature film and video gaming audiences. His motion art works and music videos have been screened in venues ranging from movie theaters, fine art galleries, international film and music festivals, major broadcast networks, and stages across the globe. Working with some of the most innovative artists in the Music and Film worlds, Scott has created abstract and conventional digital artworks that push the boundaries of audio-visual composition and process, combining a dynamic mix of cinematographic and synthetic imagery. The narratives streaming in his video artworks lay the foundation for the storytelling of a new age.

- 1.618 (11:43)
- Chopping Heads (3:51)
- cream3 (3:52)
- parks on fire (7:23)

Yuko Takemura (London)

Born in Nagano, Japan, Takemura lives and works in London. Takemura has exhibited her work in the UK, Japan, and America. She writes, "I have been working in video and installation with specific concerns about perception and sensation which occur subconsciously within our bodies and minds. My ideas are often influenced by my own emotional experiences, which are sensuous, strange, but also disturbing. I always try to create something which would evoke a sense of tactility within our bodies, in order for viewers to be engaged with it visually and physically."

- Aloneness, 2008, 3:25
- Space in Between, 2006/7, 5:02
- the dark once faded, 2009, 3:48 minutes
- The Sky, 2006, 3:32

Gerald Guthrie ( University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign)

Gerald Guthrie teaches animation and foundation studies in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Guthrie’s recent digital animations have screened in over 40 national and international film festivals, including the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica International Festival of Arts and New Media in Linz, Austria.

His work attempts to identify and exemplify many of the more inscrutable mysteries of everyday life. The viewer is asked to ponder the presence of absurdity in such human pursuits as belief and ritual. Metaphoric twists play, without closure, against comfortably familiar and meticulously considered backgrounds. Though there is an element of humor in the work, it is the humor of nervous laughter, intriguing yet slightly discomforting.

- The Realm of Possibility – 2009 – 6:06
- The Whole Truth – 2008 – 7:30
- A Moral Dilemma – 2005 – 5:34
- The Meaning of Life – 2005 – 2:21