RITUALS ON THE ROAD IS A PERFORMANCE OF FRACTURED IDENTITY. RAT TRAVELS ACROSS OHLONE, MI-WOK, AND KLAMATH LANDS THE SO-CALLED AMERICAN WEST COAST (US-OCCUPIED INDIGENOUS LANDS) A PROBLEMATIQUE PIECE IN ITS INTERROGATION OV THE FOREFRONT-ED NEO-LIBERAL IDENTITY POLITIK. RAT INHABITS IDENTITIES USING PROPS BOUGHT ON AMAZON ALONG WITH HAND-MADE ITEMS. WITHIN A COMMODIFIED SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE SHE SEARCHES FOR A HIGHER POWER SEEKING WISDOM FROM HER ANCESTORS. THE AMERICAN ROAD TRIP TROPE IS FLIPPED ON ITS HEAD, THE COLONIAL CONQUEST OV THE LAND BY WHITE MAN IS TRADED FOR A CONQUEST OF THE HUMAN FORM BY THE LAND. RENDERING RAT ANONYMOUS AND INDISTINGUISHABLE.

DE / CONSTRUCTION SYNTHESIS IS A PREMONITORY WORK BY RAT. FILMED IN THE MONTHS BEFORE THE VIRUS ACROSS LENAPE LANDS THE SO-CALLED CITIES OF PHILADELPHIA AND NYC (US-OCCUPIED INDIGENOUS LANDS) THE EMPTY STOREFRONTS AND CONSTRUCTION SITES PREDICT AND DEMAND THE FALL OV COLONIALIST AND CAPITALIST PROJECTS IN ALL ITS FORMS. FROM THE CRUMBLES OV A VIOLENT EMPIRE, SOMETHING NEW WILL EMERGEE INFORMED BY ALL THOSE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED TO RESIST THE PWRS THT B BEFORE US. THE WORK IS A LENS FOR VIEWING THE CURRENT SITUATION. THE REAL WORK IS STAYING UP OFF THE INTERNET AND BEING ON THE STREETS AND FUCKING AROUND AND GETTING INTO STRANGE SITUATIONS THAT DON'T MAKE NO SENSE.

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me

The internet doesn’t know what’s wrong with me

 

Obituaries bloom like rotten drugstore valentines

A damsel (me) snorts 5 tons of that speculative stuff (you) then cries in the deepest pit of postpartum shit

Oh image producer power Oh pill like a cross Oh pie in the sky

Oh say did you see

The way that flag kissed the wind?

Oh say did you hear 

The crowds went home?

Nuclear families, health insurance, student loans

The fields are all empty now

It’s 

Springtime and my eyelids start sprouting skinny petals 

No doctor and

The internet doesn’t know what’s wrong with me 

See?

Bathroom break on the clock

listen w headphones if possible 

That is so beautiful 

 

IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY, sometimes known as the here and now

Things heat up, move faster. 

179 time fragments, cry lament, soap opera, call, the Web Rebel

I came cold

He reconstructs the multivalent drama without resorting to talking heads

Or explanatory voice-overs

Next he sits pondering 

Meta what-ifs

I’m busy explaining myself

I don’t have time for that

Teleportation, Black Holes

Translucent plastic partitions

And 

Windows that actually open

For freer air flow

Sold my pussy 4 painterly miasma

Ditched the Education and kept the Faith 

You can have it

Next, we’re watching a community meeting where grieving families tell their stories

It’s not all talk you know it’s

Social Media fluent Mobbed-up role models Within the grid of the Interface

Collecting shame profit

I echo that

Next, a kaleidoscope of butterflies

A horse is playing her brass instrument on a rooftop nearby

The court holds an oral argument by conference call

Gleeful upper registers

sharing what they could

I open my mouth

That is so beautiful 

Take the oath

 

Online and installed

A vehicle for collective mourning is now adapted for virtual viewing

 

I wanted to re envision technology, she is saying,

I wanted to respond to these new CONDITIONS

 

Obscured by flowers, and bows, and stars, 

It all feels so remote

This sickening, nauseating familiarity

Replacing old ways of fucking, of loving, of being, of knowing

 

I am an intellectual pixie, an oracle of the small screen:

All those ancient theologies are nothing compared to these new transformations

 

YOU lay down on the sidewalk

YOU close your eyes

YOU take the oath

 

Your reflections on memory and place

Now floating somewhere along the path towards distant sun

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Apply 2 Krissy virtual exhibition!

 

About

Krissy Talking Pictures is a collectively run video art label and an alternative to art institutions for those without access to them.

 

With the launch of www.krissytalkingpictures.net, we are kicking off 3 months of video art exhibitions in our digital gallery (November - January 2021). One artist will be selected and featured each month, and will be paid $300 for their work. All are welcome + encouraged to apply. Everyone who submits a completed interest form will be included in our online programming in some way. The deadline to submit is September 20th. 

 

Things 2 note: We don’t care about qualifications or like "how much you've done." We are available to answer any questions, make anything clearer or more transparent. If anything about this app doesn’t work for you but you want to submit please let us know and we will make it work for you. These aren’t trick questions and we aren’t looking for any one thing.

Also: QTBIPOC 2 the front, meaning - if you would like to be exhibited and choose to tell us you are qtbipoc within the app, yours will be prioritized* over those of non-qtbipoc applicants. 

*we feel like "prioritized" is not the right word & are seeking a better one. P much we want this opportunity to go to qtbipoc if u want it. Sometimes language feels inadequate and we're open to feedback on ways of engaging with art that feels meaningful and not tokenizing. Thru Krissy we seek to uplift work by those without access to institutions, and we feel that qtbipoc have the least relative access to art institutions. 

 

To apply, please submit an email to krissytalkingpics@gmail.com with answers to the following:

 

  1. Your name 

  2. Your pronouns

  3. Where do you live?

  4. Please share your contact information and your preferred method of communication (do you prefer to text, email, talk on the phone, video chat?)

  5. Any website / social media / links you’d like to share. 

  6. Have you had institutional support in the past? Are there barriers to your access to art institutions? Please describe within a paragraph. 

  7. What you would do if you had free reign to design your online gallery page using Wix? What would it look like? Please describe within a paragraph. You may also share a link to an online gallery that you like. Note: we are not expecting you to have experience designing web pages. 

  8. If selected, would you be interested in doing live programming in conjunction with your exhibit? Like a performance maybe? Or anything. Please describe. 

  9. Please submit links to work - this should be video centered but can also include poetry/writing, performance, music, etc.. Submit however many links you want. 

  10. Is there anything else you want us to know about you, your work, anything?


 

Thank you <3 & we will confirm we got your app by September 27th. 

Cherry Rat Oona Florence

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