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Haiku Installation

For a gala event at the University of Minnesota art department, I created an installation mosaic of past video haikus for the first time. It features 37 videos from the years 2006 and 2007 in a 20-minute loop, and was presented on three walls with a score by Ryan Wurst.

The Myth of the Professional Artist

This essay is a fairly compelling and representative example of the “it’s hard to be an artist” genre of essays. First of all, it’s true, and I’m sympathetic. My labor has been exploited as both a creative person and as a lifter-of-heavy things, in the past. Which is not to say that I’ve had it rough – merely that I’ve paid…

Melville on Idleness

To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooneers of this world must start to their feet from out of idleness, and not from out of toil.      -Melville, Herman. “Moby Dick, or, The Whale.” …quote supplied by my uncle David, a ceramicist in California: “A point of Melville’s with which I do not entirely agree, but then,…

The Myth of Monomyth

“The Monomyth” or “The Hero’s Journey” is, in my understanding, Joseph Campbell’s formulation of the fundamental archetypal dramatic structure. You’ve got a protagonist who is trying to accomplish something, and he/she must face challenges, take risks and grow, gaining maturity and wisdom in the process. This concept was used to explain the success of Star Wars in the 70s, and…

to shine / to burn

to shine / to burn from Kevin Obsatz on Vimeo. This is an old project from the archives, circa 2007, but with the help of musician and composer Chris Hepola I was finally able to replace the old, copyrighted soundtrack with a new and beautiful score. Classic, improvised performance by the original cast of Live Action Set – Noah Bremer,…