Kent Lambert Videoworks: Volume 1

Kent Lambert

00:51:02

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Compilations

Tags: Culture Jamming, Humor, Multimedia, Technology, Videoworks

Kent Lambert Videoworks: Volume 1

Lambert is a Chicago-based musician and media artist. His creative output primarily consists of vocal driven art-pop music and pop-inflected video art made from repurposed industrial and commercial media. This comprehensive collection of his works reflect, critique and ultimately transcend American zeitgeists and Lambert's own consumption within them.

“Sitting somewhere between these two styles [Animal Charm and Bryan Boyce] but inflected with the serialism of Steve Reich, Kent Lambert's videos are elaborate mood pieces evoking moments of strange joy or dread… In contrast to the limited-edition model of gallery video art, Lambert early on aligned himself with an anti-copyright ethos, ending his videos with a note that his works were in the public domain, and setting up a website to exhibit them freely. In this sense, he overlaps with a younger generation of artists who emerged as Internet natives, engaged with sharing video as a social activity.”

Ed Halter, “Recycle It,” Moving Image Source, July 2008

“Graced with a keen sense of editorial timing, Lambert uses his subject's own words to twist their egos into knots without going straight for the cheap laugh. But beyond humor, Lambert can turn his source material into sonic landscapes with a beat — à la EBN — and juxtapose images to unlock the cultural bias contained within.”

Jason Halprin, CINE-FILE, August 2009

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In January 2001, the KEN BURNS’ JAZZ promotional blizzard hit New York City. Billboards, banners on buses, elaborate retail displays in book and record stores, feature coverage in every major print,…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Consumer culture, Music, Remake

During my stint as an entry-level acquisitions scout at a now-defunct art house distribution company, I amassed a small collection of VHS tapes from a vast pool of unsolicited submissions. By the…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Experimental Film, Hollywood

Kent Lambert

Security Anthem

2003| 00:03:30

Security Anthem’s requisite components came together relatively slowly. I’d known for years that I wanted to make something out of the Oto speakers’ most sinister, suggestive sentences. I’d taught…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Image Processing, Multimedia, Politics, September 11th, War

In an interview I did earlier this year for the Milan Game Video/Art exhibition, I deflected a question about the connection between Hymn of Reckoning and Reckoning 3, discouraging the idea that…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Death and Dying, Politics, Video games, War

Kent Lambert

Sunset Coda

2006| 00:03:30

After the shrieks and howls of Hymn of Reckoning, I felt that I needed to close out the Oto trilogy with a gentle flashback, to a 1980s sunset beach on a tropical island. The bulk of this video’s…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Family, Language

Kent Lambert

Gaijin

2003| 00:04:15

Gaijin = A non-Japanese person. In 1984 I celebrated my eighth birthday on my mother's island. My Uncle Pat set a VHS camcorder up on a tripod and left it running to record the festivities. A year or…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Family, Travel, TV production, Video games

Kent Lambert

Majic

2004| 00:01:20

In the spell of one of the most exquisite pop songs I know, with the most rudimentary of animation skills, I sought to produce a smooth and rapid transition from innocuous kindergarten silliness to…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Animation, Music

Kent Lambert

Piracy

2004| 00:00:35

Via Jonathan Pryce in elaborate costuming, Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) unwittingly sounded a clear and full-throated argument for the appropriation of so-called intellectual…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Consumer culture, Found Footage

Kent Lambert

Teenagers

2004| 00:01:00

Why do teenagers get drunk? "Like Gaijin, these five videos were made very quickly. My goal was to make all five of them in the span of a workweek, one video a night. If I remember correctly, I…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Youth/Childhood

This video is part of the 5 Video Hits series. This piece still seems relevant to me somehow, perhaps because its main characters remain titans in the entertainment industry. But what of Janet…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Music, Television

This was the epitome of the one-video-a-night project: an un-altered home video clip set to a sped-up Game Boy version of a Roommate song, rendered as Video Art by Duchamp-derived title (suggested by…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Video games

Kent Lambert

Dudley Pippin

2006| 00:02:15

Commissioned for the Ocularis curated Free to Be…You and Me Invitational compilation, which premiered at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space and also screened at Chicago Filmmakers, where Mercedes…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Music, Performance

I loved and was haunted by Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild and found Sean Penn’s cinematic adaptation to be absurdly overwrought. My original plan for condensing it was to string together all of…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Hollywood, Literature

Kent Lambert

WHS VHS #1

2009| 00:03:20

I made this piece within my first year of using Facebook. Dozens of people I’d thought I’d never hear from again were suddenly accessible to me in mystifyingly dynamic, flattened form. The cognitive…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Media Analysis, Memory

Kent Lambert

Fantasy Suite

2009| 00:07:17

Fantasy Suite was the last standard definition video I made from VHS tapes. Like WHS VHS #1, I made it to premiere at Roots & Culture’s Zummer Tapez, and speed manipulation figured heavily into…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Found Footage, Humor, Image Processing, Television