Media Arts Annual 2020
The Media Arts Annual is a screening of time-based media artworks completed by students working in a variety of mediums. In a typical year this select body of work would be showcased at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is far from a typical year and we will livestream this year’s event.
The work streaming in this year’s annual screening has been selected and programmed by an external jury. We are grateful to artist/filmmaker Sylvia Schedelbauer and artist/animator Pouya Afshar for the thought and time they gave to this process while sequestered in their homes in Berlin and Cambridge. Read the full statement from Jane Gillooly.
Media Arts Annual 2020 is sponsored by the Media Arts Department of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
EVOLVE was created out of my love of rotoscoping and wildlife. Our environment is changing constantly and I wanted to capture how I see these changes affecting various creatures.
The Swampscott COVID Story
An observational cinema piece, documenting the change in the town of Swampscott, Massachusetts. The structure of the video is meant to mimic the structure of the town. Divided between the Rich and Poor and the resources allocated to each group.
This film follows a shifting narrative from life on campus to life in quarantine. Using interviews, it focuses on personal narratives, and how we value the places we inhabit.
Yina, Greg, and Tune at the Mall
A performance art video using ceramic vessels that portray my family members. Me, Greg, Yina, Tune, Ghost, Monster, and Asian. I tell the heartbreaking tale of Yina and her struggles with survivor's guilt in light of her sister's death.
This film is a synopsis of my sudden journey from Boston to Montenegro due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A quick journey through the mindscape. Content warning: bones.
Los Olvidados / The Forgotten
This film looks at structures of memory, time, language, home, dreams, and identity. The film explores two terms: 1. the American dream limited by the structures of a broken system and 2. Latinx people as today's forgotten native/immigrant (non)-citizen labor force. The film reflects on the repercussions of American imperialism, foreign policy, and colonialism on the individual searching for America.
Washing of the Hair
Washing of the Hair is a two-channel video performance piece meant to be played on two vertical 55" monitors mounted to the wall. The piece addresses the domestic labor performed by Filipina women in my family, as well as, the Filipina domestic workers who work in some 130 countries around the world. The video performance embodies the societal invisibility experienced by marginalized people who have been systematically erased from a racist and patriarchal society.
This is a short film exploring the recent coronavirus's impact on my family's fishing business. It is a visual narrative documenting the transformation of spaces free of human interference.
The Egghead Simulations | Episode 2 | Guts of Memory
Guts of Memory is the second "episode" of the e.g.g..head series. The film is based on the poetry of Andrea Fisher Rowland & Gordon Fisher – my Aunt and Grandfather respectively – who were prolific writers & performers throughout their lives. Members of my family & I perform edited versions of the poems.
My Name Is Ca-mi-la
In this video performance I explore issues related to identity politics using my own name and nationality. I'm reflecting on the power dynamics in language and the performance of dominance it can have over a colonized people. Especially when we have to adapt in order to be complacent with United States standards of speech.
Lonely Insanity of Self-Isolation
This short video illustrates the disorienting loneliness I face since quarantine began after in-person classes at Tufts were cancelled.
Sketchbook of an Immigrant
A documentary about the artist's relative, Alex Santos, exploring his immigration to the United States and his experiences, dreams, and passions as a young man in a foreign country.
Traveling to Korea, In a Pandemic
A vlog style video I did of my experience traveling back home to South Korea amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. I faced some pretty interesting conditions as mandated by the South Korean government, like getting tested upon arrival and having to go to the quarantine center.
Field Notes: Experiments with Urban Wilds, Canvas and Paint
Quarantine has forced me to question how integral the woods are to my painting practice. This project is an attempt to understand my backyard, the urban wild. I created a series of experiments to figure out if this space qualifies as nature, and what kind of meanings I can form with this environment.
queue refrain is forged out of explorations of depersonalization and the refrain. Four humanoid photogrammetry models wait in a stanchioned queue to perform a verbal refrain, and then are submitted to a motion refrain taking place on an infantilized apparatus.
Sometimes you try to make sense of things, and all you get is brain fry.
An abstract compilation of visuals. Who is the mysterious face, and what is it telling us?
A digital goodbye in the time of isolation. Demonstrated through experimentation on found family 16mm film.