Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Darrin Martin 4/1/09

Inside Out
Solo and Collaborative Film of Darrin Martin

Recall, 1998, 14 minutes, collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns
Monograph in Stereo, 2004/5, 17:20 minutes, video.
Volcanica, 2004, 9:30 minutes, collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns
The Knocking, 2001/07, 15 minutes
Other Turbans, 2007, 12:40 minutes

Recall, collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns
Mediated exercises of reflective therapy sessions and staged fire prevention methods used in camping are coupled with the artists' own physio-dynamic interactions. The result opens up an arena of slippage that questions the very nature of human intimacy and distance through the framework of the controlled experience and its surveillance as a reliable record of memory.
Monograph in Stereo, 2004/5, 17:20 minutes, video.
“The film makes clear that the experience of having to relearn how to hear teaches one that perception is not simply a passive act of apprehending what is around one, but is a complex negotiation between inner and outer space.” David Finkelstien, Film Threat
Monograph in Stereo employs documentary and experimental strategies to convey a struggle with congenital and operational hearing loss and tinnitus, a continual ringing in the ear; a phantom auditory perception. The work also stems from research upon the interdependency of the senses with an emphasis on the balance ascertained from binaural hearing and stereoscopic vision and the imbalance caused by their uneven degradation. Images move between poetic manipulations of landscapes, interiors and hearing tests.
Volcanica, 2005, 9:30 minutes, collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns
“Ever want to be your own volcano? Or worship at a cave of discovery, only to find yourself in deeper than you expected, with no way out other than love, lava, and a lot of mutual understanding? This juicy piece will squeeze the best out of you and leave you changed for life.” Wego Krieder, Studio 27, SF

A feel good glimpse into a full-bodied lava canal, horror and hippies transmigrate through a portal that began through a hole in the head and activate a redefined eruption.
The Knocking, 2001/07, 15 minutes
“A beguiling journey into the Eastern European imaginary, this video conjures an enigmatic vision of place and sexuality.” Mix NYC

A man performs ordinary domestic activity keyed into footage taken throughout Eastern Europe. Sounds samples are counted off in series starting with thunder and moving towards vehicles in motion. The counting falls in and out of order and eventually a sound of knocking takes over the scene. The character seems to respond and simultaneously be oblivious to the intrusion. The character, sometimes dressed in drag, begins to merge with the images and become lost in a visual static that overtakes the screen.

Other Turbans, 2007, 12:40 minutes
The artist as post-operative subject discovers a sound art piece by Max Neuhaus in Times Square while being mistaken for a terrorist. A field of high-tension wires completes the contemplative excursions needed to help him adjust to his new implant to help him hear. This is the third piece in a trilogy on hearing loss.