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Stanya Kahn & Vishal Jugdeo

July 31 — August 14

Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video with a practice that includes drawing, sound, writing, performance and sculpture/installation. Humor, pathos and the uncanny are central to a hybrid media practice that seeks to re-work relationships between fiction and document, the real and the hyper-real, narrative time and the synchronic time of impulse. In a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, Kahn’s projects often situate language in the foreground of works that are dialectically driven by the demands and of the body. Vishal Jugdeo is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, installation, performance and sculpture to construct experimental approaches to narrative. Weaving together strategies from television, documentary and narrative cinema, and theater, he emphasizes the physical and psychical space around moving images, revealing the mediated process through which we interpret and understand the unfolding present.

Project Description

We formed the core of a set of scripts for an experimental fictional web series. We’re interested in upending the traditional conceptual structure of story arc driven by a single a primary protagonist by refracting this agency to multiple protagonists and points of view. Questions about power and who gets to have a voice emerge as central driving forces in the way we shape the stories. Shifting perspectives will disrupt the hierarchies embedded in traditional Western grand narratives. In addition, an emphasis on the interiority of the characters, particularly their idiosyncrasies, neuroses, psycho-emotional behaviors and thoughts that make them feel “other than” and disempowered, will shape the action of each scene. This approach will transform the mundane into the surreal, foregrounding a sense of disorientation and irregularity from that which at first appears to be usual.

Photo Credit: Jay Hanna and Robert Acklen