I had the pleasure of seeing Issued ID at A Simple Collective yesterday, and what I witnessed changed my perception of identity and media. Three video installations greet you as you enter the intimate space. Each examines issues of identity through the lens of media.
First up there is Elizabeth Axtman's lip-synch of old television shows and movies vocalizing deep seated prejudice against bi-racial bodies. She emotionally captures their words in single shots. You feel her pain and her liberation as she mouths these words, reclaiming them in video.
Tim Roseborough transforms his face to look more like Michael Jackson's using simple Adobe Photoshop techniques. One side of the screen marks the transformation from Tim to Michael. The other side of the screen tracks the transformation from Michael to Tim. Side-by-side with Tim vocalizing Michael's trademark clicks, oohs, and ah-ha's over a speaker, you are forced to critique perceptions of identity expressed through both media and its manipulation.
Thomas Beatie was the first pregnant man, and artist Chris Vargas casts himself as Thomas in his interview with Barbara Walters. In recasting this interview, Chris vocalizes what Thomas cannot and confronts the viewer to examine masculinity and manhood. It's a powerful (and at times humorous) piece.
A Simple Collective is located at # 108 ActivSpace on the corner of Treat and 18th Streets in San Francisco. It is made up of artists and independent professionals in the arts. Founder/Director Rhiannon MacFadyen and a smaller committee of highly active Core Members volunteer their time to steer programming and manage collective-based projects, and a fabulous group of Affiliated and Recommended Professionals, all knowledgeable and trusted in their fields, completes our network of creative and professional resources.
ASC Projects is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon–5pm and readily by appointment. Contact Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen at (415) 786-1351 or firstname.lastname@example.org