Assembled entirely from animated gifs - scientific diagrams, mathematical figures, representations of data, and renderings of simulated systems, this video appropriates images meant to serve as a rational demonstration of logical concepts and transmogrifies them into a cosmic trip. In the same way that BLONDES use analogue instruments to humanize electronica and create psychedelic soundscapes, this video explores irrational paths to knowledge and investigates how information is processed into meaningful experience.
Music by BLONDES off BUSINESS/PLEASURE 12" (RVNG Intl.): www.igetrvng.com
Free Flight (2012)
Cued by the ominous mood of Shawn O'Sullivan's imperial fugue, video artist Farley Gwazda dismembers the infamous film "Experiments in the Revival of Organisms" (1940) and reanimates its analogue corpse with hyperprocessed digital sutures and relentless mechanical loops. Gwazda's video is a rumination on the ethics of acquiring knowledge through animal experimentation and the complicated relationship between mind and suffering. In Director D.I. Yashin's film, Dr. Sergei S. Bryukhonenko brings a canine to a state of clinical death, and then uses his "autojektor" - a primitive heart and lung machine - to raise him back to life. The clinical conditions only highlight the inhuman cruelty of this situation - the dog must suffer death and the man must become a killer. Yet such experiments led to the development of devices that are routinely used in surgery, saving countless lives, and which comprise the core functional units of man's developing cybernetic body. Such animal experiments form the foundation of the vast wealth of scientific knowledge that makes contemporary civilization possible and informs our understanding of our place in the universe.
World Killer (2012)
"World Killer" from album "Shroud" (2012) by Chester Endersby Gwazda.
Listen to album at: chesterendersbygwazda.bandcamp.com
Teeth of a Lion (2009)
"Teeth of a Lion" from "Wicked Eats the Warrior" by NUCLEAR POWER PANTS
Room Record (2008)
This video is an experiment into using deconstructive language games to generate an oracular corpus.
A text was created from the point of view of the first man to have his consciousness uploaded into an electronic substrate in the manner described by singularian futurologists. Unfortunately it was a botched job due to the inherent difficulty of this translational task. In order to remedy this mistranslation while simultaneously compensating for my own lack of prognosticative powers I ran this original text back and forth through machine translation software in five languages until its sense was fully absorbed by parsing errors, and then used a series of rules, my judgement, and nonlinear editing software to reconstruct the prophesy
The resulting text was dictated, vocoded via the notes of the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale, and attached to a self-portrait viewed through the supersaturated, sped-down, mirrored, and color-keyed rays of the sun reflecting off a puddle.