FILM LOVE presents DARRIN MARTIN: Inside Out
solo and collaborative video works
including works created at The Experimental Television Center ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE
Colorful, experimental film and video works on the subject of technology,
ritual, and the body, introduced by the artist
still from What If?
by Darrin Martin and Torsten Zenas Burns (2009)
videos make strange the relationships between physical cause and acoustic
effect; we seem to witness someone trying out a new sensory faculty with caution
and apprehension." ĖArtforum,
Film Love presents video artist Darrin Martin in person, hosting a program of
colorful, experimental video works about technology, ritual, and the body. In
particular, Martinís experience with hearing loss and tinnitus inspired a series
of poignant works which are both visually and sonically compelling. Other
Turbans details a medical intervention into Martinís hearing loss, involving
a skull implant, which in turn inspires a sonic journey to the middle of Times
Square. Monograph in Stereo recreates the artistís changing relationship
to sound and his discovery of the interdependence of the senses.
In other collaborative works, Martin further explores technology and the body.
What If? features the radical body artists Stelarc and Orlan as part of a
"fictional polyamorous romance" with two obscure Marvel superheroes: "the
Scarlet Witch, a mutant superhero who has unlimited powers over probability, and
the Vision, a Ďsynthezoidí whose mechanically fabricated body contains a human
soul." Containing odd and humorous juxtapositions between the artists and their
animated special-effects counterparts, What If? conjures an occult,
pastoral, technological ritual.
PROGRAM: The Knocking, 2001/07, 15 minutes Volcanica, 2004, 9:30 minutes,
collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns Monograph in Stereo, 2004/5, 17:20 minutes What If?, 2009, 15:30 minutes,
collaboration with Torsten Zenas Burns Other Turbans, 2007, 12:40 minutes all works screened on video