Emily Eddy – Guest Curation, July 2017

emily_eddy_01Emily Eddy is a film, video, and digital media artist and curator based in Chicago, IL. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Combining many different forms of moving image, her work utilizes strategies of video diaries, archival practices, and experimental documentaries. She is the co-director of the Nightingale Cinema where she has been curating film, video, and new media works since 2013, and she is one of the assistant directors of Video! Video! Zine.

Emily has shown work and programmed screenings at many venues in Chicago, as well as her hometown, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, Reykjavik, Iceland, and various mid-western cities.




DAICON III & IV Opening Animations – Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga and Takami Akai

These unbelievably stunning animations were created in 1981 and 1983 for the openings of the third and fourth Daicon Film Nihon Science Fiction Taikai conventions. Daicon was orginally a collective of Japanese animators which later became Gainax Studios, creators of shows such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL, and many more. I'm not well versed enough in the process of making animations to speak about it technically, but these were hand painted on animation cels and finished on 8mm film, which sounds totally crazy for lack of better terminology. Due to the fact that Daicon never got the rights to use ELO's song Twilight, the film was unfortunately never released, it was actually only sold on as part of an artist's book at the convention itself. Because of this, sadly the film was virtually lost, and there is no high resolution copy of it available. Luckily the power of this piece shines through the funky copy of a copy of a copy video version. The "Bunny Girl" character starts small, a little girl transformed into a cute powerful fighter from one year to the next. She battles all of our favorite nerdy characters and saves the world, sailing on a sword through a teenage fantasy. She is the perfect representation of my favorite anime character type, the Sentō bishōjo, the cute warrior girl. Physically strong ultra femmes who kick ass, what else is better? 

I Don't Have Any Gel – An excerpt from the reality television show Growing Up Gotti 

Having never actually seen Growing Up Gotti, I really don't know anything about these characters or how they behave throughout the rest of the show, but this excerpt stands on its own as a flawless description of male fragility. Hopefully the most hilarious 2 minutes of YouTube you will watch today, definitely a stand out slice of 2005. 

Performance of "Give Me Back My Man" – The B-52's

I've been pretty obsessed with this live-ish performance of "Give Me Back My Man" by the B-52's for a while now. The B-52's are still very young in this video, channeling retro rock bands, you might think this was made in 1965 instead of 1980. Despite the vintage pop aesthetic, this is not a fun performance, the B-52's are angry and dancing and bizarre. No one is smiling, everyone stars into the camera or into the distance with a serious and concentrated attitude. Cindy Wilson's gaze is piercing, although dressed for the part she is anything but the cute female pop singer. She is a performance artist, stopping half way through ominously turning her back to the camera, staring coldly at each band member. Everyone dances/flails to the beat in their surf-rock referencing style, but with seemingly extremely intense focus directed to their instruments. This becomes the norm for the B-52's while performing, but somehow in this fairly early video it seems so raw, you can't take your eyes off it. 

Fred Hampton Interview – Videofreex

Maybe one of the most important examples of political video art, the Videofreex interview Chicago based Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton a little less than two months before he is murdered by the police. In this clip from the 25 minute 1969 interview, Hampton discusses the role of the Black Panthers in the community, the futility of policing a revolution, and ironically his thoughts on the government protecting revolutionaries. This is an absolute must see for anyone who hasn't seen it, Hampton is one of the smartest and most eloquent revolutionaries of our time. If you live in Chicago, you can come see the full length interview at the Video Data Bank.

From "No Alternative" – David Wojnarowicz

Oh, David. I can't think of very many things that give me the heart-wrenching feels of this poem, and actually most of the other things that come close to this are also made by artists living with AIDS in the 80's and 90's. David is not just an artist, but also a revolutionary, fighting for himself and his lovers and his friends. His words are brutally honest and affecting, leaving me gasping.