BY MARK TOSCANO & LORI FELKER
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
May 12th, 2012
Mark Toscano and Lori Felker are two makers who are very serious about exploring the un-serious. This program brings together recent still-slightly-in-progress videos by Felker and a whole slew of Chicago premieres by Toscano.
THE ELECTROLYSIS OF BRINE by Mark Toscano
(2008, 16mm, color, sound, 8min.)
Brine is sodium chloride (NaCl) dissolved in water. If you perform electrolysis on brine you will get three substances: chlorine, hydrogen and sodium hydroxide.
The electrolysis process is useful and common in the world of industry. For example, it aids in the manufacture of products as diverse as pesticides, soaps, fuels, and even margarine.
This is one of the dullest educational films I have ever seen. A small attempt has been made to release its latent energy.
IT DOESN’T MATTER by Lori Felker
(2012/in progress, HD, color, sound, 16:9, 12min)
Saturday Morning Physics, a science show for teens and adults alike, is ready to explore what Matters with you.
SHOWBIZ by Mark Toscano
(2011, 16mm, color, 18fps sound, 6min.)
Not a critique of consumer desire and the forces that fuel it, which are comically horrific and beyond depressing. Just a dumb joke for the subconscious mind. (That’s showbiz!)
FINDING THE HORN by Mark Toscano
(2008, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
Sometimes you just don’t know what to say about something you’ve made, whether it’s a painting, a movie, a sandwich, or a mistake.
THE WOFOBS by Mark Toscano
(2008, 16mm, color, sound, 3.5min.)
A deceptively (?) stupid commentary on the disposability of information in this, the dawning of a bold new era of thinly spread knowledge and vastly dispersed and diluted communication that becomes increasingly abstract, superficial, and disengaged with every passing day that we continue to allow things like mobile billboard trucks to exist.
BROKEN NEW 1 by Lori Felker (and Chris Royalty)
(2012/in progress, HD, color, sound, 16:9, 4min) Good morning. This is (the) new/s. This is day one of three. Your host is delivering the most current thoughts, images, emotions and head-lines at 4:30 in the morning. She is trying her best to comprehend as she recalls and relates. Watch the News unfold as it has already broken, continues to break everywhere and grows increasingly newer.
WDD / CHL by Mark Toscano
(2009, 16mm, color, sound, 2.5min.)
This film came out of nowhere, and very early in its brief making became, for me, a crystallization of all the confusion and amazement I feel about the creative process. Poof, it’s there (and poof, it’s gone).
RATING DOGS ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 by Mark Toscano
(2011, 16mm, color, sound, 2.5min.)
Truth as held to be self-evident, however inconsequential or ludicrously subjective. Truth as not a matter of opinion. A meaningless game of arbitrary pronouncements that hopes to suggest other contexts in which similar games are far more insidious, while still giving viewers a good time. Ultimately though, a film that is probably too delightful to be anything but cute.
BROKEN NEW 2 by Lori Felker (and Chris Royalty)
(2012/in progress, HD, color, sound, 16:9, 7min)
Another day, more news, more information, more mental-amalgamation.
DEMONSTRATION by Mark Toscano
(2012, 16mm, color, sound, 2.5min.)
Simultaneous, but unrelated displays of visceral emotion; the sublimated and impressionistic rubs against the theatrical and expressionistic. Both are ritualized, demonstrative, exhibitionist, indulgent. It may be that they’re purely for the benefit of the demonstrator, in an act of self- indulgent catharsis, but that doesn’t mean they can’t communicate some of that weird emotion to an unrelated party.
PROCESS OF ELIMINATION by Mark Toscano
(2012, 16mm, b/w, sound, 4.5min.)
A rite of passage, an emptying out of things, and a process of emotional alchemy.
BROKEN NEW 3 by Lori Felker (and Chris Royalty)
(2012/in progress, HD, color, sound, 16:9, 8 min)
This installment of the news rests comfortably in the atmospheres of morning and conspiracy.
RELEASING HUMAN ENERGIES by Mark Toscano
(2012, 16mm, color, sound, 5min.)
A film about control. A refinement of energy for purposes of conserving resources, materials, impetus, potential, so they might all be narrowly channeled toward an unquestioned goal of maximum profit with minimum waste. Capitalism, in this example, as a process of understanding how to make use of someone as efficiently as possible to get the most out of them that is desired. Instructions for keeping people on task.
Lori Felker is a film/videomaker, programmer, projectionist, performer and collaborator. Her work employs multiple formats, styles, and structures, all attempting to make sense of the simultaneous simplicity and chaos of humanity. She is enamored with awkwardness, ineloquence, frustration, searching, trying and failing (or falling) and considers herself an “experiential” filmmaker.
Mark Toscano is an archivist and filmmaker, though not necessarily in that order.
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