film as Screen
Screen play is a series of work, photo/ video. The video works are a mixture of performance (situationism) that is based on an invented character; a failing movie-set key-grip, a misguided tourist and a silent film actor. Charlie Chaplin and Keaton find their way into the films. Chaplin most specifically, his short film "Behind the Screen " (circa 1916), has him playing an overworked worker on a film set in which a film is being made, in other words, a film within a film. I used this influence and turned the idea loose onto a variety of streets in a variety of cities around the world.
Another important aspect of the video work is my interest in how screens interrupt or bisect space and the psychology of the space. While sitting in a movie theater, waiting to a film to begin, we are confronted with an overbearing screen and we await a presentation or "presence" to fill the screen in our minds. Like "Behind the Screen" our consciousness is the "plane of immanence" where images form.
The photography of or through screens are meant as confrontation of our expectations. Screens are surfaces and nodes for capturing or delivering content. When there is none, it creates a schism in our expectations and that creates a form of contemporary anxiety. Installations of ScreenPlay take on many forms and all are meant to mediate expectations. This page is a more-or-less diary of screen-based images and projects.
Screen Holes, 2010 , photo/video