Columbus Dispatch video
Discovering Columbus, 2011
Interested in the semiotics of a group of towns sharing an appellation, I discover the ten towns in the United States named after Christopher Columbus. Given Christopher Columbus use of the stars for ocean navigation, I utilize the constellation as my course and subject, in a quest of discovering the 15th century explorer. The ten towns include Columbia, Maryland | Columbia, Missouri | Columbia, South Carolina | Columbiana, Ohio | Columbus, Georgia | Columbus, Indiana | Columbus, Mississippi | Columbus, Ohio | Columbus, Wisconsin | Washington, District of Columbia
Discovering Columbus, Part I: Cities
The points of the constellation of the day each town was incorporated is transposed to the streets, and becomes navigation for me, as I capture the life flow with four video cameras. Stacking the videos together, along with the vocalist from each of the towns singing Guy Mitchell's Christopher Columbus, I create a chimerical landscape. With the stacking, progressively each town joins and leaves the landscape, beginning and ending with the longest.
four–channel video installation, color, sound, 56 minutes 20 seconds, 2011
Thank you to vocalists Allison Rupert, Blair Bledsoe, Camilla Gehring, Kari Pepper, Kelly Darbyshire, Leigh Fouts, Michael LaGruth, Mindy Braden, Rhonda Register, and Ryunosuke Matsui.
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beginning detail of one of the channels of the above four-channel video installation, shows the first 14 minutes, this is a large file, so may need to keep hitting play