STRONG-THING and AGGROBATICS
May 12th, 2017, at BREAD & SALT.
1955 Julian Ave. San Diego, CA
Doors: 7:30 pm
SPACE TIME presents a night of contemporary found-footage video collaborations including artist and video-art scholar Jon Dieringer, with a live-score performance by Nick Lesley.
Dir. H.A. Campbell and Jon Dieringer, 2014. HD video. 30 min.
Strong-Thing is a mythic meditation on the biographical, on-screen, and celebrity personae of Arnold Schwarzenegger that presents a master narrative built with material repurposed from the entire breadth of his pre-gubernatorial filmography. Hysterical, lucid, action-packed, and elegiac, the journey of the Strong-Thing from lab-engineered specimen through interplanetary exile, arrival on Earth, discovery of its means to success, and rise through the ranks of celebrity and power mirrors the parallel allegorical threads running through virtually all of Schwarzenegger’s filmography as well as his personal rise from Austrian immigrant to unlikely leading man and governor of California. Free of dialogue, Strong-Thing is a nimble work of uniquely character-driven cinematic détournement cycling through incisive narrative drive and surreal interior interludes exploring the Strong-Thing’s feelings of ambition, loss, vindictive determination, alienation, and fear. This eisegetical voyage is accompanied by sound design/composition by artist C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core).
Jon Dieringer and Nick Lesley, 2014. HD video. 45 min.
AGGROBATICS is a video and live-score collaboration between Nick Lesley and Jon Dieringer, programmer for Spectacle Theater and founder of Screen Slate. Developing upon Nick's proposal, Jon edited footage from the movies Thrashin' and North Shore to create a flicker extravaganza of suspended plot points and maneuvers. Nick performs the sound track live, using percussion and electronic effects to elicit sounds loosely connected to the images of surfing, skating, teen rivalry and romance.
AGGROBATICS is a mind-melting synaptic rush of sound and screen. It employes flicker, strobe, and color fields to simulate glasses-less 3D imagery in the service of visual and narrative synthesis, deconstruction, and abstraction. With big air and killer waves.
AGGROBATICS was first conceived as a 45-minute screening and live performance at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, and alternate versions have since been performed at MoMA PS1, Salon 94 Bowery, and SDAI.