Black Pyramid
| Bec Stupac | 2006 | 3:00 min.

"I often think of this piece as being like a New Orleans whore house on opium... a major theme is something like energy essence seeping out of languid bodies... " (B.S.)

Bec Stupak is an artist living and working in New York City, and is also the founding member of Honeygun Labs, an experimental video project that after a few years blossomed into a collaborative effort that at any given time had several people creating and experimenting with different styles and techniques.

In 2004, HGL collaborated again with AVAF to create a piece for the Whitney Biennial (Garden 8) which featured the band Los Super Elegantes and an LED lighting component to make the walls breathe and a site-specific video piece that was created using live mixing techniques. As an offshoot to the Whitney project, Bec started a DVD zine called Scissorfriends, which was developed in the Eyebeam artist-in-residence program and features everything from little dogs dancing to cough-syrup induced music to a deranged lady exhibiting her queefing skills. Her phenomenal video made in collaboration with Phiiliip for his song, Elemental Childe was the standout piece in Phiiliip's Divided By Lightning show at Deitch and was definitively radder than anything you might chance upon on MTV. Never to be content with just one thing, Bec also plays guitar in the band, Saint Eve, and hula-hoops with the precision hula-hoop troupe, Groovehoops.

The Abominable Freedom
| Torsten Z. Burns / Darrin Martin | 2006 | 41:00:00

Originally shot video and appropriated film weaves together a musical celebration of the flesh. An egg from the missing link holds a skeleton key to our educational future. On a parallel world, life coaches made of bone & fur activate televisual coursework including circular zooming studies, spectral-mating, and etheric birthing techniques. Manifest Destiny eludes its colonial past and takes refuge deep in our pagan libidinal nature.

Burns and Martin have based their videotapes and installation collaborations on their research into diverse speculative fictions ,and reimagined educational practices. Their videotapes are distributed by Vtape,Canada,and Video Data Bank in Chicago.They have jointly participated in residency programs at Eyebeam(NY)and Experimental Television Center(NY).Video projects have shown at venues including SCANNERS:The New York Video Festival, Pacific Film Archive,Aurora picture show, Oberhausen short film & video festival,and most recently screened at Cinematexas 11.

| Hans Kuzmich | 2006 | 5:00 min.

Taking Histoire de l'oeil as a narrative point of departure, the film stages youthful sexuality within an echoey metonymic web of ocular associations.

Hans Kuzmich (born 1983, Russia) is a New York based interdisciplinary artist whose recent work investigates genealogy and self-narrative in relation to gender.

Men and Women
| Natalie Frigo | 2006 | 3:00 min.

Men and Women is composed of movie footage of "perception" and "perceiver" clips. The right side of the screen shows the point-of-view of the lead male character, which determines the audience's gaze on the subject (the woman). On the left side of the screen the man is revealed while gazing. Men and Women establishes the camera's viewpoint as male and reveals how we learn to look at women as audience and out in the world.

Natalie Frigo, a video artist residing in Brooklyn, New York, received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since graduating, her work has appeared internationally in over twenty festivals, galleries and conferences.

The Spirits of Authority | Carey Burtt | 2006 | 4:00 min.

The punishing inner authority of the alcoholic, religious fanatic and serial criminal are served up. They all struggle with feelings of worthlessness, self hatred and express themselves in different ways. All are juxtaposed in this film to raise questions and suggest that any relief is only yet another trap.

Carey Burtt has been making short films since High School in Maine where he won numerous student awards. His 1998 films, The Psychotic Odyssey of Richard Chase and The Death of Sex have been featured in Jack Sargeant's book Deathtripping and Psychotic Odyssey is also being distributed by Troma. Mind Control Made Easy or How to Become a Cult Leader (2000) won the audience award from His 2005 feature A Forked World, won "Most Effectively Offensive" at the Boston Underground Film Festival where he acted as a judge the following year. He was the leader/songwriter and guitarist for his bands Carey's Problem and Gigi Disco Rock. He wrote songs with Julian Schnabel for his cd Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud. He holds a B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from NYU.

Elysian Fields | Rashaad Newsome | 2005 | 2:23 min.

Elysian Fields, is a study of the moment of spiritual euphoria, or "Holy Ghost," as it is expressed in the Southern Baptist faith. The gestural archive of these instances in which worshipers are literally possessed by the spirit suggests that religion can create a means of escapism. The protagonists experience a moment of intensity when they are both inside and outside their body. This estrangement is further emphasizedby the accompanying gospel sung by the Barrett Sisters. Played backwards, it adds another layer of detachment to the already isolated motions of the worshipper and the separation from any kind of knowable context. This defamiliarization offers a way to reflect on the physical language that constitutes ritual in traditional models of organized religion.

Rashaad Newsome. Born in New Orleans, LA, lives and works in NYC. His work has been exhibited at K.U.E.L., Berlin, Germany; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France; Rush Arts Gallery, NYC; Zero Station, Portland, Maine; Veletrzni Palace, Prague, Czech Republic; Fondation Cartier, Paris, France; Fiac, Paris, France; The Film Gallery, Paris, France; The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. He also has been the recipient of several awards including the Franklin Furnace Grant, l'Entreprise Culturelle AIR and
Harvestworks AIR.