Mike Kelley's THE BANANA MAN + BLIND COUNTRY
and performance by Todd Moellenberg
August 19th, 2017, at BREAD & SALT.
1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA
Doors: 7:30 pm
Space Time is pleased to present a screening of two videos by Mike Kelley, along with a new performance by Todd Moellenberg titled Seatbelt Cheeseball.
The Banana Man
1983, 28:15 min, color, sound
Writes Kelley: "This is my only truly solo video project. The tape is an exploration of character and was done in direct reaction to my performance work at the time, which was characterless. Video seemed a good way, by virtue of it not operating in 'real' time, of dealing with character and psychological motivation. 'The Banana Man' was a minor figure on a children's television show I watched in my youth. I, myself, never saw this performer. Everything I know about him was told to me by my friends. The Banana Man is an attempt at constructing the psychology of the character — problematized by the fact that the character is already a fictional one, and by the fact that none of my observations were direct ones."
Mike Kelley and Ericka Beckman
1989, 19:57 min, color, sound
Writes Kelley: "BLIND COUNTRY is a collaboration between myself and filmmaker Ericka Beckman. It was inspired by the H.G. Wells short story The Country of the Blind, which was a favorite of mine as an adolescent. I was both fascinated and repulsed by this tale of a man having to give up his eyes to live in an alien sightless society. In rereading it as an adult I was struck by the obvious fact, which I was oblivious to as a boy, that it is a castration story, and by the thinly veiled sexual and racial fears within it. Blind Country bears no discernable reference to the Wells story but instead plays with these subtle underlying themes."
Script/Performance Music: Bruce Darby. On-line Editor: Enrique Aguirre. VCR Operator: Joe Briganti. Production Assistants: Bruce Fiene, Adam Gilmore, Jan Callahan. Characters: Bob Gibson, Aura Rosenberg, Lolly Lincolm, Amanda Katz, Ian Bearce, Kim Keown, Lori Desantis.
Text reprinted with permission by Electronic Arts Intermix. From EAI Online Catalogue: http://www.eai.org/
Image: Mike Kelley. The Banana Man, 1983. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Mike Kelley and Ericka Beckman. BLIND COUNTRY, 1989. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Todd Moellenberg's Seatbelt Cheeseball
Seatbelt Cheeseball is a bedtime rumination on endurance and discipline, featuring strong women from politics, pop culture, and the domestic sphere. Todd will be joined by local Adonis, Kevin Kern, for this performance.
Todd Moellenberg is a poet and performance artist based in Los Angeles. His work encompasses durational performance, public intervention, and automatic writing, and has been featured by the Bijou Gallery, Parkeology, and Perform Chinatown. In 2016 Todd published his long poem Flood in chapbook form, and is currently completing a new collection entitled Signs of Affection. Todd is completing his doctorate at UC San Diego, where he studies contemporary piano performance.