Experimental People is a group exhibition featuring four artists exploring new forms of communication in the digital age. The videos, which include both animation and live footage, depict common experiences imagined in each artist’s unique aesthetic.
Rosa Aiello (b. 1987, Canada) juxtaposes digital animation and live footage in Shame Baby, Baby Shame (2014). The work’s audio track features a one-sided conversation of unanswered questions that escalate from innocuous lifestyle questions to anxiety-producing interrogations.
Danielle Dean (b. 1982, United Kingdom) examines how radical political rhetoric becomes embedded in commercial culture. In Trainers (2014), five women act out a script compiled from Nike advertising campaigns from 1988–2014 alongside the political speeches they mimic.
Shana Moulton’s (b. 1976, United States) video MindPlace ThoughtStream (2014) shows the artist’s alter ego testing a product called “Thought Stream” in an attempt to cure her stomach pains. The video takes playful turns through the artist’s psyche and digestive system as she searches for inner bliss.
For Country Ball (1989–2012) (2012), Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986, United States) transforms home video footage of a family Mother’s Day cookout into his own version of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, merging his signature scrawling animation style with recorded video of himself voguing.
Images: Thumbnail: Danielle Dean, Trainers, 2014 (still). HD video, color, sound; 9 minutes. Courtesy of the artist; Project page: Shana Moulton, MindPlace ThoughtStream, 2014 (still). HD video, color, sound; 11 minutes, 57 seconds. Courtesy of the artist