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Cue Cards

By Todd Irwin on Dec 17, 2013

Thinking about the ways in which media shapes our cultural perceptions and identity, I filmed a group of non-actors reading an assortment of television cues appropriated from aired material over the past twenty-five years. Fragmented in nature, the video hints at societal cues which have helped shape a generation.

Three Documents

By Jacob Koestler on Nov 9, 2012

A document on screen is always fiction: Bigfoot is found to be a more dedicated journalist disguised as the crytid and seen first-person through the amateur lens. The projection screen (within the screen) catches fire and one myth is set ablaze. The camera pulls focus to a television screen littered with Appalachian detritus set against a foggy mystic sunrise along a gravel road. The tracking is adjusted, and the landscape disappears into the static void.    

Vortex in Orange

By Jacob Koestler on Oct 30, 2012

This video loop utilizes visual feedback and antiquated equipment in a conversation about media and physical distortion of the Appalachian region: a mountain top pop off, black gold collection, sediment settles still tucked in. When they leave it hollow, the grass returns and a new geography is accepted. Turn the century and through a peephole at the base the stream bleeds out orange. Repeat. Rerun. Off-air. On.  

The Helen Hatch Half-Hour!

By on Oct 4, 2012

Based on locally produced television programming, The Helen Hatch Half-Hour! looks to explore the efforts of the amateur in the creative and domestic realm. This first segment has Helen reading from Betty Crocker’s Easy Entertaining. This work looks at gender and social expectations through two created persona, Betty Crocker and Helen Hatch. The work uses humor to explore gender expectations that do still linger today.