GENRE 2-channel video installation / DIGITAL FORMAT .mov / YEAR 2014
CYOA Rhythms is a 2 channel video installation. It fuses 5 independent video works. The intent is to explore how the work shifts in meaning and impact within artistic constructions, cultures and contexts.
The work follows ’alien nation’ themes — aliens, alienation, alien integration — which characterized and catalyzed the mindscape and soundscape of the Caribbean, and subsequently Caribbean carnival cultures. Similar themes have been mirrored in the US-UK inner-city immigrant communities of the 70s-80s where rap and hip-hop became the locus of inner-city social transformation. The installation work examines cyclical repetition in migration, globalization, community friction and artistic intervention.
CYOA Rhythms was inspired by the ‘scratch video’ movement— video collage projections in 80s London/NYC nightclubs, often constructed from popular TV to create politically subversive meanings. CYOA Rhythms is an homage to these historical times and communities.
3 & 10.8.2015 / Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games / Share the Love, Celebration Square, Mississauga / Commissioned by the City of Mississauga / Artist Talk hosted by the Art Gallery of Mississauga
16-30.09.2014 / Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, New Media Program / Medulla Art Gallery, Port of Spain
4.5.2014 / The Carnival Project / Littlefield, Gowanus (Brooklyn) New York / hosted by Batalá New York
7-8.2011 / The Annual / Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga / in collaboration with SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)