Video Performance by Jacob Ciocci & David Wightman


April 24th, 2010

2 BLESSED 2 B STRESSED is a two-man touring program of new work by Jacob Ciocci (of Paper Rad) and composer, David Wightman.

Pittsburgh artist, Ciocci will present a new 20-minute mix of original videos and animations. along with his new 15-minute performance “I Let My Nightmares Go” which uses a video projector and live dance moves to grapple with mental demons, web 2.0, G.O.D., 21st-century breakdown, real lies and fake truths, cartoon violence, and awareness bracelets. Ciocci is a founding member of the east coast art collective Paper Rad. His work is concerned with the relationships between popular culture, technology and notions of transcendence. In his paintings, comics, performances, net art and videos, contemporary and recently forgotten cultural symbols confront one another inside a frenzied cartoon universe that is simultaneously celebratory and critical.

David Wightman will perform as Fortress of Amplitude, a guitar wielding minstrel from another time and place. Accompanied by a blast beat playing drum machine, He will execute a musical composition focusing on fantasy, repetition and ecstasy. Wightman lives in San Diego, California where he is a PhD candidate in music composition at UCSD. There he teaches a course on the music, history, and culture of Heavy Metal.

Filed under: animation, new media, performance, video