Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 1

00:19:00 | 1 DVD

Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Animals, Chicago Art, Culture Jamming, Found Footage, Humor, Media Analysis, Videoworks

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Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 1

This compilation is a fresh, witty, and compelling addition to video’s rich legacy of media deconstruction. Through appropriation and reassemblage, these intriguing works upset the hypnotic spectacle of TV viewing by displacing its logic and forcing viewers to make new connections among its codes and conventions. While this disruption is playful, it also reveals the tragic underbelly of corporate message-making—the way it appropriates and suppresses nature and "unpredictability," the way it preys on human vulnerability, and the way it shamelessly celebrates mediocrity and distraction.

Total running time 19:00. 

Contents:

Ashley, 1997, 9:00, U.S., color, sound

Lightfoot Fever, 1996, 1:30, U.S., color, sound

Slow Gin Soul Stallion, 1996, 2:30, U.S., color, sound

Stuffing, 1998, 4:00, U.S., color, sound

Working Together, 1996, 2:00, U.S., color, sound

 

Included Titles

1998 | 04:00
Stuffing
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In Animal Charm's masterful example of video montage, a monkey is mesmerized as he watches two dolphins toss a woman from snout to snout. Go cross-eyed with cross-cutting. Sometimes, in order to prevent the insidious absorption of mass media, it is...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, humor, television

Slow Gin Soul Stallion
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The unusual combination of a sound like a singing saw accompanies sweet images of frolicking lambs in the meadow, galloping horses, and a strange boy, is eerily beautiful and pure. This title is also available on Animal Charm Videoworks: Volume 1.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, humor

Lightfoot Fever
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Fuelled by lavish doses of disjointed hyper-editing, super-talented Jim Bailey dances with wild animals in Animal Charm's hot and exciting performance of "Fever."

 

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Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage

Working Together
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What are all of these photographers trying to capture, and just who is collaborating with whom? This short piece could be a take on fame and the cult of the personality—or a tourist portrait with the audience as subject. This title is also available...

 

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Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, media analysis, photography

1997 | 09:00
Ashley
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Animal Charm's Ashley seems to develop a conventional story about a modern mother and wife with typically modern desires. But the insertion of incongruous soap opera scenes soon ensures that the seductive images take on an absurd and oppressive...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, culture jamming, found footage, media analysis