video projects

Sun Notations (shortened sample clip)
full length: 8 minute theatre version or 16 minute installation loop, 2016-2018

Audio by Matt Steinke.  Production Assistant: Ashley Lane and Annie Sungkajun

Sun Notations is an experimental video that animates over 50 still photographs – a work that merges a primitive photographic process (pinhole) with new media. The original photographs capture the pathway of the sun rising and setting over time, with exposures that last one day up to an entire year. Here time and space expand, overlap, and then dissipate as clusters of dust appear like stars, insects fall from the sky, the landscape morphs into abstraction, and the sun traces across the screen like a drawing in motion. Throughout the work, references to creation and destruction call attention to our immediate present but also to the grim possibility that our planet may not have a forever.

The earth is not a spaceship (shortened sample clip)
full length: 4 minutes, single channel video, 2016
source footage courtesy of The Texas Archive of the Moving Image

A profound and disturbing short experimental film that guides the viewer through sublime natural imagery with the voice of Mother Earth acting as a guide. This film challenges its very means of communication- the concept of film- and will leave you shaken. There is no substitute for nature, and certainly not a movie”. – Earth Day Film Festival

2019 FLATS Movie Night, curators: Emily Peacock and Peter Lucas, Houston, TX
2018 Powerful Vulnerable, curator: Mary Magsamen, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2017 Dallas Medianale, Dallas Contemporary
2017 Earth Day Film Festival, CA
2016 Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Trinidad + Tobago
2016 ALT/Future: Biome Arts, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY and Taipei, Taiwan
2016 iDEAS Exhibition, iDMAa conference, Winona, MN

Eyes on Texas (shortened sample clip)
full length: 6:27 minutes, single channel video, 2015

part of “Mess With Texas”, curated by Peter Lucas
co-presented by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and The Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX, November 5, 2015

Eyes on Texas remixes vintage footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, highlighting familiar stereotypes about Texas and its history.  Audio is used as the main source for this film as a way to emphasize how these ideals and characterizations are deeply rooted in our cultural imagination.

Guest curator Peter Lucas invited a number of Texas artists to create new video works using vintage source footage from the movies, newsreels, homemade films, and television shows collected by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. The re-workings are creative intersections of past and present, bringing new life and new perspectives to regional media memory. Artists included: The Art Guys, Robert Pruitt, Prince Varughese Thomas, Jennifer Lane, Scott Stark, Krista Steinke, Dave Merson Hess, and Nick Bontrager.

Submerge, (shortened sample clip)
full length: 5 minutes, single channel video, credits: AKA collective

349 Utopia Drive (shortened sample clip)
full length: 4.5 minutes, single channel video, credits: AKA collective

349 Utopia Drive is an ironic portrayal of suburbia and the American dream.