The precarious nature of the planet and ourselves
An intimate conversation in the space between living and dying. Planned as a series of ongoing recordings between the artist and her husband David, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, this was the only recording made before David’s death, one month following his diagnosis.
Title from an essay by Terry Tempest Williams.
Single channel video (TRT: 9 min. 2012)
Time, circumstances, politics meet but not merge in this nine minute, single shot portrait of the Kotel, Jerusalem, January, 2000.
Video (Single channel TRT: 9 min. 2000)
Burials and Borders
BURIALS AND BORDERS chronicles a return to the Golan Heights, Israel where the artist’s brother is buried. Formerly part of Syria, the Golan is slated for repatriation. The video explores the multiple meanings of this shift: geographically, to the people living within borders that may be instantly re-drawn around them, and personally as she examines evidence of narratives of history and memory and recasts her relationship to her brother, his aliyah and their past.
Video (Single channel TRT:53 min. 1996-2004)
24 hours on 24th Street
24 hour time lapse video portrait of a corner in the Mission District of San Francisco at 24th and Folsom. The camera documents rhythms of urban life on the street below the artist’s studio.
Video/Installation (Single channel TRT:24 min. 1994)
Nature meets culture. Documenting attempt to train cows to respond to a “moo toy”. Training session = seven hours.
Video (Single channel video TRT: 4 min. 1993)
The struggle to think in different terms
In a dark room, four medium sized monitors hang from the ceiling about chest high form, each encased in their own white box, forming the corners of a square. The space is sparce. On each screen is the same image: a glistening, thick blue rope, undulating slowly and silently midway in each screen, moving from right to left . The four screens and the slowly, floating blue ropes mark the corners of a wresting ring, to size. The surrounding space of the room is a the color of a cold blue haze coming from the light on the four monitors. An empty, spot-lit wooden stool sits in the center of the ring.There is no sound. The space is silent.
In wrestling, the ring is known as a “squared circle,” a structure that defines itself in terms of its contradictions. The square rounds out to a circle, the circle straightens into a square. Each shifts and forms the shape of the other. The wrestling ring itself frames the battles of larger contradictions, dichotomies and conflicts, real and mythologized, personal and intimate, normnative and systemmic. In the ring, these forces become flesh, thowing themselves against each other in an epic struggle to gain victory or suffer defeat. The struggle to think in different terms is a space for battles.
Video Installation (4 Channel video installation. 1990)
Shot in Venice California at Muscle Beach, this is a short vignette about viewing and being viewed.
Video (Single channel TRT: 2.5 min. 1987)
The death of a friend is linked to the death of the San Kai Juku dancer who fell during a public performance of The Dance of Birth and Death in Seattle, Washington, 1985. The work was made as a testimony to the two.
Video (Single channel video TRT: 6 min. 1986)
The moon’s new fury
Weaving history, facts and fantasy into a non-linear tale about women, witches and the reclamation of women’s spirituality.
Video (Single channel (TRT 12 min. 1984)
A tour of the West Bank wall in two places simultaneously: in the West Bank, it’s site of origin and transposed upon San Francisco. Accompanied by a 3-d printed topographical map of the West Bank wall overlaid on the city of San Francisco.