This year in recognition of MOCA's 15th anniversary, the de la Cruz Collection will be screening MOCA's Optic Nerve finalists. Optic Nerve has been instrumental in helping foster a community of artists that use the moving image as form. This year, for the first time, submissions were accepted from artists around the country, in addition to those from South Florida. The screening will take place in an environment designed by artist/curator Carlos Rigau.
Jurors who selected the Optic Nerve XIII finalists were:
Stephanie Dodes - Curator of BIG SCREEN PLAZA, New York City
Shannon Stratton - Co-Founder and Executive Director, threewalls Artist
Ibett Yanez - Director of the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami
Justin Long - Miami artist and 2010 Optic Nerve winner
Bonnie Clearwater - MOCA Executive Director and Chief Curator
Ruba Katrib - MOCA Associate Curator
Jillian Hernandez - Outreach Coordinator
Listed in order of appearance
Pile of Demon Heads, 1:51 min
This film is based on the second episode of the Devil Mahatmyam Epic, and takes its aesthetic from the original Star Trek series. It is the last fight scene between Our Hero and a Demon. During their long battle, the Demon changes forms many times, and each time our hero chops his head off creating a pile of demon heads.
Jamaica Plains, MA
Hull, 5:00 min
This film is a journey between layers of corporal consciousness, exploring the physical memory of trauma and the psychological repercussions of a surgical disaster.
New York, NY
21 Gestures, 2:50 min
An artist ascends into the frame with the statement, "I'm Emerging" in both English and Japanese, cuing her companion to do another push-up, which in turn enables the artist to add another gesture to a portrait she is drawing above her head. At the 21st attempt, she is finished and he is exhausted.
San Francisco, CA
Hot Circuit, 5:00 min
This film uses a traditional narrative to mimic a penny arcade machine, even to the extent that the characters within the story are themselves robotic, endlessly repeating the same actions and same story, raising questions about our growing dependence on new technologies and myths.
I Am Your Grandma, 1:03 min
This autobiographical video diary log (vlog), which the artist created for her unborn grandchildren, was posted on YouTube, inspiring copycats and creating fans. By placing the video in a public forum, the film becomes a study of why people ultimately share their personal feelings with anonymous strangers, and whether this sharing affects the actual emotional significance of the piece.
L. Ashwyn Collins
Remake, 3:50 min
Remake is a compilation of 16 distinct videos sourced from YouTube consisting of the original shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller, "Psycho", and 15 amateur recreations of the same scene.
Unbridled, :18 min
The artist constructs images by posing with a variety of props in ways that de-contextualize of both the body and the object.
Marfa, 4:57 min
Artists D. Sadja and S. Martinez fuse elements of narrative film, music video and performance art in this story about two unsuspecting cowboys. Marfa was shot in a single 18-hour period in Marfa, TX and is part of a larger body of video postcards depicting situations and narratives in various locations.
Los Angeles, CA
Its Been A Long Day, 2:13 min.
What begins as care for an oozing wound turns into a lesson in painting and a portrait of deception.
Hold On, 1:39 min
With a nod and a knowing half-smile, a girl suddenly breaks into a spasmodic dance of disorienting leaps, jerky falls, and floating zigzags. As the camera tries to follow her dance and keep its subject in the frame, it becomes a duet between camera and subject, subject and viewer.
New York, NY
Feature Creatures, 5:00 min
This film is part of a series of experimental animations, which explores the complexity of cryptic images from dreams and the subconscious. The main aspect of the project is to produce visionary narratives inspired by the illusion of fragmented realities and compile them into a usable pictorial catalogue.
Karlo Andrei Ibarra
Miami Beach, FL
Crossover, 3:11 min
This video, which depicts random Puerto Rican citizens singing the Star Spangled Banner. amplifies the socio-cultural distance between Puerto Rico and the United States. Many long for statehood, yet often do not know the language of the country in which they wish to assimilate.
Ruben Millares & Antonia Wright
Coral Gables, FL
Job Creation In A Bad Economy, 2:15 min
This new video series is a playful commentary on the somber issue of the devaluation of the arts and education in our society. The artists physically and metaphorically tackle the bureaucracy and walls that uphold these systems leaving the viewer feeling sympathy for Millares and Wright, yet laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation.
Her Slip Is Showing, 4:12 min
This cut out watercolor animation of a suburban bridal shower explores the persistence of traditional gender roles, social awkwardness and the way in which friendship has evolved over time.
New York, NY
Twenty Angry Dogs, Group Bark, :59 min
This one minute video is a single channel appendix to the sound and video installation Twenty Angry Dogs, in which the artist asked 20 people to bark like an angry dog.
Cutler Bay, FL
Resistance-Release-Recover, Part 2, 4:30 min
Using strength, endurance and willpower, various men compete to see who can last the longest hanging onto a pair of ropes.
Carlos Charlie Perez
New York, NY
Billy The Kids, 4:40 min
Billy The Kids depicts a group of teenagers pretending to be famous actors questioning life's meaning through a quirky "Cat In The Hat" rhyme scheme.
Los Angeles, CA
Alone, 1:02 min
The artist uses a found photograph of a deserted, sparse landscape as the backdrop over which he video-collages his own totemic portrait as a woeful expression of loneliness.