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The text for this performance comes from CHOCOLATE MOODS, a collection of erotica in the Urban Fiction tradition. Hawked on the streets of every American metropolitan city, these pulp narratives range from self-published tales of “ghetto life” to slickly packaged morsels from major publishers. Black Urban Fiction has a distinctive language that I hope to break out of its context by including excerpts filtered through the auto-read function of Adobe Acrobat. By presenting these freestanding phrases in automated voices and combined with stop-motion animation, I believe layers of meaning are revealed that connect to almost poetic, sometimes obscene, often ridiculous modes of interpretation.
Check out the work of Kevin Medal- a wonderful fine artist, who graciously collaborated with me on this project. http://www.kevinmedal.com/