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TBWIG Portraits

This video documents a live, improvised video performance at Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland, CA. It was the first set of three that we did for their August show. TBWIG Portraits condenses interviews I did of artists who participated in The Black Woman Is God show at SOMArts Gallery, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, and combines them with dancers who are performing an Afro-Cuban folklore dance for the goddess Yemaya. Also mixed in are street scenes from Fanime-Con and downtown San Francisco. Huge thanks and gratitude to all who participated!

Wave Encounters Obstacle set 3

Grey Area Art and Technology show, May, 2016. Lori Varga on 16 and 35mm film, Thomas Dimuzio on Buchla synthesizer, myself on video feedback and video synthesis.

Ridge Space improv #1

This is documentation of the first set of a live, improvised sound and video show I did at the invitation of the musician Sung Kim for his residency at The Ridge Space in Oakland, CA. Two more sets followed, using different images and instrumentation. For this set Sung Kim played ozukuri, Shanna Sordahl, cello, and I played my video feedback environment. This is all live video with no effects or prerecorded loops used. Two rotating cameras are fed back through three flat screens and projected with three projectors mounted on their sides. Many thanks to SF Cinematheque and Krowswork for the use of their projectors! The projected image was approximately 22' wide by 9' high. My assistant, Michael Brown helped with the candle ritual and the placement of Sung Kim's matryoshka dolls. Sung and Shanna were playing through Sung's Sympathetic Resonator Cannons, which amplify, sustain, and harmonize with the sounds running through them!

Believing is Seeing

This video is documentation for an installation I did at Artist's Television Access in San Francisco during February, 2015. The installation used 6 cc cameras feeding their video signals to 6 screens in a randomized pattern. The screens and cameras were articulated with robotics and were in a randomized pattern of motion. The video signals and robotic motors were controlled with several Arduino microprocessors.

Window Proposal 2014

Window Proposal 2014

Storefront Window or Gallery Installation Proposal Installation to include the following elements:

Multipul video screens and /or video projectors.

Multiple closed circuit video cameras, (at least 4).

Microprocessor switching devices to route the closed circuit camera signals to

different screens at different times.

Motorized, motion controlled devices, (robotics) that will change the view/

perspective of some of the cameras.

Mannequins, props and models, (some also motorized), that will interact with

the cameras, screens and each other.

Design:
My goal is to create an environment where the viewer is constantly trying to identify what perspective or viewpoint they are being shown. Imagine a street intersection where cars and pedestrians are going in many different directions at once. All of them are traveling with video cameras who's signals are shown randomly on a group of several video monitors. The effect of looking at the monitors would be to realize several relative viewpoints simultaneously. And there would be instances when two cameras would cross paths and record each other recording...Some of the cameras in the installation will at times be directed at the viewers outside on the street, and at other times the video cameras will be directed at the video screens themselves creating multiples of the same image, (video feedback). Please see documentation of my work for examples of video feedback and robotics at www.youngkit.com.

Logistics:
The robotics will be completed in 4 months time. The installation process will take three full days. The installation will be maintenance free except for turning it on and off. It will not be able to run continuously for weeks on end. Therefor, it should only be run when someone is at the location and is responsible for turning it on and off. I am available to do this on a daily basis, and to trouble shoot if problems arise. If the installation were to stay up for more that a week, it would be interesting to change some of the props and camera viewpoints throughout the run. I own all of the equipment thus far but would look for funding to purchase two large LCD screens or projectors.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kit Young www.youngkit.com youngkit50@gmail.com 510 375-9699 

Artists and Models proposal, page1

Artists and Models proposal, page1

This proposal was conceived of and executed for the Artists And Models 2010 event, a fundraiser for Hallwalls, an exhibition space in Buffalo, N.Y. The work is titled Semipermiable Brain. Please look for documentation in my sculpture page. Excerpts from the written proposal are below.

  The proposed installation will include sculpture, video and kinetic art elements, and will have an audience participation dimension. It will require a 12' x 12' floor area as a footprint and need further space around it for the audience. The piece will be approximately 9' high and will need 1' of clearance above for assembly. A 10' high ceiling would suffice. These measurements are approximate, the piece can be modified to conform to a smaller space.

The sculptural aspect of the piece will be an 8' high androgynous human head. It’s form and skin will be made of stretch-film packaging material which will be stretched over an armature made of recycled pipe and lumber. The stretch-film will be layered up thick enough to make it translucent so as to partially obscure the armature beneath. The translucency of the stretch-film skin will lend itself to back lighting and the display of images or found objects beneath it’s surface. The skin can also be drawn on from the exterior with sharpy marker to define and highlight it’s form.

Artists and Models proposal, page 2

Artists and Models proposal, page 2

The video component of the piece will be shown through two 19" LCD TV screens that will form the eyes of the head. These screens will be mounted on axles so that they can rotate up to a speed of 100 RPM. This will make the images they transmit unable to be viewed in the usual TV sense, though the speed will be variable by the audience. As the RPM slows, the video images will become more coherent in the usual way. The content of the video will be different for each screen. One screen will be a collage of talking heads from news clips and TV commercials; the other will contain personal, intimate, and natural imagery,( nothing sexually graphic).

Our Favorite Shows

Our Favorite Shows

Our Favorite Shows is a video performance piece that was staged for Hallwalls Artists And Models event, 2011. Excerpts for the proposal are below.

Artists And Models Proposal '11: Our Favorite Shows , Performance of improvised video and sound.

The video component of this piece will consist of three TV channels or shows that will be created using small props, toys, and materials. These scenes will be altered and manipulated throughout the performance to form narratives. The themes of the narratives will be:

1. News; with melting talking heads. 2. Action; chase, catastrophe, violence. 3. Sexy; advertisements and melting pop stars.

The three scenes will be monitored with video cameras. Any one of the scenes will be projected on the wall behind the performance area where the scenes are being constructed. The scenes will be projected in random order as they reach the next point in their narrative. Some of the audience will be seated in front of the performance area,(the rest of the audience can stand). The audience will be able to view all the scenes as they are being developed as well as the projection of the chosen scene on the wall behind. 

Our Favorite Shows 2011

This is another, tighter distillation of the performance I gave at the Artists and Models event last year in Buffalo, N.Y. All the video imagery and sound was improvised during this one night event. Three old turntables played flee market records while driving mechanized stages upon which improvised scenes were enacted with thrift store dolls, figurines and props. It was conceived as a parody of the brain washing effect produced by most TV programming. This was a collaborative performance using the help of four guest VJs; Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Kate Gaudy, Angela Harris, and Tammy McGovern.

Interactive Sound Sculpture By Kit Young - 2010 "Music Is Art" Festival (2010-09-11)

This is video documentation of an installation I did in Buffalo N.Y.

TBWIG Portraits

This video documents a live, improvised video performance at Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland, CA. It was the first set of three that we did for their August show. TBWIG Portraits condenses interviews I did of artists who participated in The Black Woman Is God show at SOMArts Gallery, curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, and combines them with dancers who are performing an Afro-Cuban folklore dance for the goddess Yemaya. Also mixed in are street scenes from Fanime-Con and downtown San Francisco. Huge thanks and gratitude to all who participated!

Wave Encounters Obstacle set 3

Grey Area Art and Technology show, May, 2016. Lori Varga on 16 and 35mm film, Thomas Dimuzio on Buchla synthesizer, myself on video feedback and video synthesis.

Ridge Space improv #1

This is documentation of the first set of a live, improvised sound and video show I did at the invitation of the musician Sung Kim for his residency at The Ridge Space in Oakland, CA. Two more sets followed, using different images and instrumentation. For this set Sung Kim played ozukuri, Shanna Sordahl, cello, and I played my video feedback environment. This is all live video with no effects or prerecorded loops used. Two rotating cameras are fed back through three flat screens and projected with three projectors mounted on their sides. Many thanks to SF Cinematheque and Krowswork for the use of their projectors! The projected image was approximately 22' wide by 9' high. My assistant, Michael Brown helped with the candle ritual and the placement of Sung Kim's matryoshka dolls. Sung and Shanna were playing through Sung's Sympathetic Resonator Cannons, which amplify, sustain, and harmonize with the sounds running through them!

Believing is Seeing

This video is documentation for an installation I did at Artist's Television Access in San Francisco during February, 2015. The installation used 6 cc cameras feeding their video signals to 6 screens in a randomized pattern. The screens and cameras were articulated with robotics and were in a randomized pattern of motion. The video signals and robotic motors were controlled with several Arduino microprocessors.

Window Proposal 2014

Storefront Window or Gallery Installation Proposal Installation to include the following elements:

Multipul video screens and /or video projectors.

Multiple closed circuit video cameras, (at least 4).

Microprocessor switching devices to route the closed circuit camera signals to

different screens at different times.

Motorized, motion controlled devices, (robotics) that will change the view/

perspective of some of the cameras.

Mannequins, props and models, (some also motorized), that will interact with

the cameras, screens and each other.

Design:
My goal is to create an environment where the viewer is constantly trying to identify what perspective or viewpoint they are being shown. Imagine a street intersection where cars and pedestrians are going in many different directions at once. All of them are traveling with video cameras who's signals are shown randomly on a group of several video monitors. The effect of looking at the monitors would be to realize several relative viewpoints simultaneously. And there would be instances when two cameras would cross paths and record each other recording...Some of the cameras in the installation will at times be directed at the viewers outside on the street, and at other times the video cameras will be directed at the video screens themselves creating multiples of the same image, (video feedback). Please see documentation of my work for examples of video feedback and robotics at www.youngkit.com.

Logistics:
The robotics will be completed in 4 months time. The installation process will take three full days. The installation will be maintenance free except for turning it on and off. It will not be able to run continuously for weeks on end. Therefor, it should only be run when someone is at the location and is responsible for turning it on and off. I am available to do this on a daily basis, and to trouble shoot if problems arise. If the installation were to stay up for more that a week, it would be interesting to change some of the props and camera viewpoints throughout the run. I own all of the equipment thus far but would look for funding to purchase two large LCD screens or projectors.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kit Young www.youngkit.com youngkit50@gmail.com 510 375-9699 

Artists and Models proposal, page1

This proposal was conceived of and executed for the Artists And Models 2010 event, a fundraiser for Hallwalls, an exhibition space in Buffalo, N.Y. The work is titled Semipermiable Brain. Please look for documentation in my sculpture page. Excerpts from the written proposal are below.

  The proposed installation will include sculpture, video and kinetic art elements, and will have an audience participation dimension. It will require a 12' x 12' floor area as a footprint and need further space around it for the audience. The piece will be approximately 9' high and will need 1' of clearance above for assembly. A 10' high ceiling would suffice. These measurements are approximate, the piece can be modified to conform to a smaller space.

The sculptural aspect of the piece will be an 8' high androgynous human head. It’s form and skin will be made of stretch-film packaging material which will be stretched over an armature made of recycled pipe and lumber. The stretch-film will be layered up thick enough to make it translucent so as to partially obscure the armature beneath. The translucency of the stretch-film skin will lend itself to back lighting and the display of images or found objects beneath it’s surface. The skin can also be drawn on from the exterior with sharpy marker to define and highlight it’s form.

Artists and Models proposal, page 2

The video component of the piece will be shown through two 19" LCD TV screens that will form the eyes of the head. These screens will be mounted on axles so that they can rotate up to a speed of 100 RPM. This will make the images they transmit unable to be viewed in the usual TV sense, though the speed will be variable by the audience. As the RPM slows, the video images will become more coherent in the usual way. The content of the video will be different for each screen. One screen will be a collage of talking heads from news clips and TV commercials; the other will contain personal, intimate, and natural imagery,( nothing sexually graphic).

Our Favorite Shows

Our Favorite Shows is a video performance piece that was staged for Hallwalls Artists And Models event, 2011. Excerpts for the proposal are below.

Artists And Models Proposal '11: Our Favorite Shows , Performance of improvised video and sound.

The video component of this piece will consist of three TV channels or shows that will be created using small props, toys, and materials. These scenes will be altered and manipulated throughout the performance to form narratives. The themes of the narratives will be:

1. News; with melting talking heads. 2. Action; chase, catastrophe, violence. 3. Sexy; advertisements and melting pop stars.

The three scenes will be monitored with video cameras. Any one of the scenes will be projected on the wall behind the performance area where the scenes are being constructed. The scenes will be projected in random order as they reach the next point in their narrative. Some of the audience will be seated in front of the performance area,(the rest of the audience can stand). The audience will be able to view all the scenes as they are being developed as well as the projection of the chosen scene on the wall behind. 

Our Favorite Shows 2011

This is another, tighter distillation of the performance I gave at the Artists and Models event last year in Buffalo, N.Y. All the video imagery and sound was improvised during this one night event. Three old turntables played flee market records while driving mechanized stages upon which improvised scenes were enacted with thrift store dolls, figurines and props. It was conceived as a parody of the brain washing effect produced by most TV programming. This was a collaborative performance using the help of four guest VJs; Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Kate Gaudy, Angela Harris, and Tammy McGovern.

Interactive Sound Sculpture By Kit Young - 2010 "Music Is Art" Festival (2010-09-11)

This is video documentation of an installation I did in Buffalo N.Y.

TBWIG Portraits
Wave Encounters Obstacle set 3
Ridge Space improv #1
Believing is Seeing
Window Proposal 2014
Artists and Models proposal, page1
Artists and Models proposal, page 2
Our Favorite Shows
Our Favorite Shows 2011
Interactive Sound Sculpture By Kit Young - 2010 "Music Is Art" Festival (2010-09-11)