SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at 8 PM
The New Works Salons series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film, video, sound, and performance, with local and visiting artists in-person to introduce their work. For this program, William E. Jones presents America, Hail Satan: near the end of the Vietnam War, Satan comes to the Paris Peace Talks to see Henry Kissinger about renewing the United States’s contract, which is due to expire in 1973. Will the United States continue on its path of world domination, or will it risk the dissolution of its empire by turning away from Satan—an aging hippy who may or may not be an impostor? Bill Jenkins, a Brooklyn-based artist whose recent exhibitions have focused on low-tech experiments with light and architecture that slip back and forth between functionality and metaphor, will present a new work from his sidewalk video series. These works are made when Jenkins takes a small cart with a camera attached to the bottom for roving walks around different urban neighborhoods. The close-to-the-ground scrolling imagery documents changes in surface textures and colors, and has flashes of anomalies in or on the sidewalk or street. Also Bay Area artist Zach Iannazzi will show his most recent 16mm film Old Hat, Corey Fogel will present a selection of recent videos, Brian O’Connell screens Palomar, a new 16mm film based on Italo Calvino’s book of the same name, Jorge Ravelo shows two short videos including Self; Proxy: Prologue and Rick Bahto and Tashi Wada present an in-progress collaboration for small gauge film, slide projectors, and virginal.