0v3r104d (2002), pronounced overload, reconstructs the saturation of red, white and blue in the cultural and media landscape of the US after September 11, 2001. The buzzy, machine-like barrage of sound and strobe light style makes the flag appear as a flickering neon advertisement nearing burnout. As the image undergoes generation loss, the original soon becomes unrecognizable.
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- Purchase 0v3r104d on FELIX: Risk / Riesgo DVD compilation
- Screened as part of Nations, Pollinations, Dislocations: Changing Imaginary Borders in the Americas
- Screened as part of Surveying the Border: Three Decades of Video Art about the United States and Mexico
On October 4th, 2001, I was reported to the FBI as a Middle-Eastern man taking pictures of bridges in Albany, New York. Suspect (2002) juxtaposes the source footage I was shooting when reported, framed by FBI warnings and a pseudo-official “FBI TV” logo, with legislation that describes this type of footage as illegal to possess or distribute.
If an art student with a camera is cause enough to be reported to the FBI, what’s next? This photo illustration mocks the harmless nature of my "crime" by taking it to its logical extreme. An FBI wanted poster. Wanted (2002) also questions the line between art and forgery as a federal crime.
Immediatedly following September 11, 2001, U.S. flags branded the landscape. For some, it was a symbol of solidarity, but for others, it was an obligation. National Anthem (2001) is an attempt to survey the plethora of flags, comment on its use and reveal a deeper social pain.
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Geneva Gamez-Vallejo writes on her blog about a screening of 0v3r104d:
thanks for the headache.
meant to be art ?
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