Instrumental, 7 channel HD video installation (monitors, moveable stands, color, sound, 11:37 minutes, loop), SME Gallery, UC San Diego, 2018
Instrumental is a body of performance-based video works exploring dynamics of power, voice, labor, and intimacy, centering around a series of performances by airport security workers that I directed and filmed at the San Diego International Airport in winter 2018.
In a solo exhibition mounted in fulfillment of my MFA first-year review at UC San Diego, I created a seven channel video installation with sound, juxtaposing videos shot at the airport with video performances featuring my mother, my partner, and myself, as well as documentary footage from my work with engineering students from the Society of Women Engineers with whom I am developing microphones that record the sound of a speaker’s voice inside their head while they are speaking. The juxtaposition frames these encounters through a politics of relating and listening closely.
“Instrumental: Power, Voice, and Labor at the Airport,” Sounding Out!, February 2019