The Audition Tapes. 2014
HD Video. Running time, 52:19.
Phillip Caires, Thomas Cokenias, Jason Do, Nathan Emley, Duncan Heath, Damian Lanahan-Kalish, William Lushbough, Joseph Paul, Matthew Quirk, & Bryan Thompson
The Auctions. 2013
The Auctions is a limited series of live events that employ the form ofan auction as a work of performance art. In collaboration with professional auctioneer Crystal Campbell, we present live auctions to art audiences in an attempt to sell the experience of the auction itself. The winning bidder receives a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist, as the only proof of ownership of the work. The auctioneer is directed to raise the value of her performance through live selling tactics, crowd psychology and anecdotal narratives about her own professional worth and that of the artist.
Documentation courtesy of VIVO Media Arts Centre and LIVE Biennale.
The Pit: A Study in Horror. 2013
We set out to make a short horror film using only one location, no story and no actors. Using only camera movements, sound effects, and editing techniques, this experiment became an honest study of the horror genre, exposing many of the fundamental methods and conventions used to generate the horror effect.
What was, at one time, a habitat for polar bears in captivity, the pit is now a derelict concrete enclosure in the midst of the lush forests of Vancouver’s Stanley Park. In its abandoned state, we subjected this location to a series of “horror tests”. While entirely absent of character, script or plot, The Pit transforms a benign public space into a chilling world of fear and isolation.
Wind Powered Love Triangle. Silent, 2011.
Digitally manipulated wind turbines in Livermore, CA.
Channeling Disaster. Silent, 2011.
Looped broadcast transmission glitch from the moment the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the Bay Area in 1989, during coverage of the World Series. Text is based on eye-witness accounts of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
Vast Untapped Potential. 2010.
This video was produced around a “flag-raising” performance near the residential district of Treasure Island, California. The female character is based on the historic Navy occupation of the island and the flag text is culled from recent media about the community’s pending re-development.