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Fall to Earth: Four Channel Video, 20 minutes, 2016
The piece explores themes from Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses: silence, violence, conversion, blasphemy and resistance.
Knight & Knight: Latencies: Live Performance, 2015
Posse Comitatus: Two Channel Video, Live Performance, 2014
Posse Comitatus explores the performative aesthetics of militia training exercises. Collaborating with a militia group in upstate New York, the artists investigate the performance of
The Breath We Took: Single-Channel Video, 2013, 23 minutes
Searching for a Character: Single-Channel Video, 2013, 22 minutes
In this video, I embark on a cross-country journey where multiple actors perform monologues of their choosing, both with and without affect, non-actors read from a script of my choosing,
I Am Not a Man, Not Now: Single Channel Video, 9 Minutes, Live Performance, 2012
In this piece, Elise Rasmussen and Chelsea Knight explore Antigone in its references to the roles of women in ancient Greece. They read the play
FRAME: Mixed media installation, single-channel video, and photographs, 2012
In this video, a group of male and female construction workers assemble a steel structure while speaking from feminist theoretical texts and poems. The piece is shown inside a built construction environment mirroring the one in the video, and is accompanied by architectural photographs. Frame seeks to problematize the stereotypes of a traditionally male form of labor and other socially defined gender roles through the performance of feminist readings about women’s labor and the body. It also seeks to explore the ways we perform our class and gender, and how the relationships between men and women are written.
Don't Tread on Me: Three Channel Video installation, Photographs, Live Performance, 2011
For this project, I collaborated with participants that include members of the Tea Party, Ayn Rand enthusiasts, Libertarians, ex-communists,
The End of All Resistance: Single Channel Video, 29 Minutes, 2010
In this piece, I invited two US army interrogators to teach and role play "emotional interrogation techniques" according to 2006 US Army Field Manual 22-2-3. I then transposed their performance into extended improvisations with two female actors and a married couple in a domestic setting, enacting scenarios based on the interrogators' demonstrations. The work explores interrogation as recognizable and similar to the interactions we engage in every day, and the kinds of performances we use to communicate power.
Acting Out: Single Channel Video Installation, 19 minutes, 2010
Working with a group of actors and a director inside the County Jail in Skowhegan, Maine, we filmed a rehearsal of Ubu Roi, an early 20th century political parody play and precursor to the Theater of the Absurd. The fragmented rehearsals and performances by the actors highlight the arbitrary and farcical nature of our systems of confinement and incarceration.
I Lay Claim to You: Single Channel Video Installation, 6 minutes, 2009
In I Lay Claim to You, I invite choreographer Khalia Frazier to translate a text — appropriating themes from Margaret Mead's 1938 description of a Balinese cremation —
Palindrome: 2-channel Video, 45 minutes, 2009
Palindrome is about 2 characters exploring and performing in environments of captivity.
Immigrant Palace: Super 16mm film, Video, Installation, 2009
As Italy grows increasingly bold in its anti-immigration rhetoric and practice, collaboration across religion and culture becomes a tool with which to approach and examine and appropriate these ideological divides. Collaborating with Redouane Niraoui, a devout Muslim and naturalized Italian citizen of Moroccan descent, we piece together a narrative of his daily religious and private rituals as a resistance to his experience of social alienation in mainstream Italian culture.
No Man's Land, Video, 2008
No Man's Land centers on the dissonance between seer and seen, writer and actor, translator and inhabitant. The piece explores the
Temps Mort, Photographs, 2007
A squatter’s building in Biella, Italy was purchased by condominium developers in Fall 2007. Prior to its rehab I interviewed the architect
Room 101: Single Channel Split Screen Video (1 Hour) /Performance (10 Hours), 2007
During an artist’s residency in Italy in 2007, I asked ten participants each to spend one hour alone in a white room while being filmed,
The Official: 3-Channel Video Installation, 2007
Shot in the United Nations in New York, what first appears to be an interview conducted with a diplomat by an unnamed interviewer