Continuing the tradition of its annual summer group shows, EAI hosts a free evening spotlighting emerging artists alongside recent and historical works from the EAI collection. This program is structured like a late-summer mixtape rallying against the fleeting season: a deftly sequenced flow of bangers, classics, deep cuts, and hidden gems.
And yet this light framework offers a convenient point of departure to dive into the complex and thrilling relationships between sound and image, personal and political, and sampling and reappropriation, while spanning musical, aesthetic, and technological approaches: a nod to the past with an eye toward new directions.
Works include video synthesizer maestro Stephen Beck's pioneering 1984 8-bit hip-hop machinima epic The Loner Breaker; Jon Rafman's Still Life (Betamale), a collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never that stares unflinchingly into the Dark Internet's void of Subreddits, furry fandom, and profound digital aberrations; the colorful wash of analog textures in recent titles by Robert Beatty and Brat Pit's Ginny Benson; Tom Thayer's Phantasmagoria, which uses obsolete computer imaging techniques to create a pixellated throwback to early-cinema silhouette animation; quintessential scratch video by London Video Access' George Barber; Trevor Shimizu's DIY music video for Jackson Browne's exemplarily banal AOR classic Somebody's Baby (shot on the sly in EAI's offices); C. Spencer Yeh's digital animated video for Xiu Xiu's This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy); a music video by Dinosaur Jr. album artist Maura Jasper for their blistering cover of Just Like Heaven.
Special thanks to C. Spencer Yeh