Play therapy, the undead, and psychic sandwich surgery: An 18-year survey of speculative videos by the collaborative team HalfLifers.
HalfLifers is a collaboration between artists Torsten Zenas Burns and Anthony Discenza. Over the past 18 years, the HalfLifers have created a series of speculative, performance-based videos and sculptural installations that uses improvised movement, re-contextualized language, staged crises, and most of all humor to investigate themes of identity, and psychic cohesion.
Since 1995, the HalfLifers have screened and exhibited work at numerous video festivals and art institutions, including The New York Video Festival, The Pacific Film Archive, The IMPAKT festival (Netherlands), The European Media Arts Festival (Germany), The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the NY Museum of Modern Art. A number of our single-channel works are included in the permanent distribution catalog of the Video Databank in Chicago.
What do the HalfLifers want from you?
Currently we’ve been working on a major compilation disk that will include virtually all of our video work from the past 18 years, including documentation of a number of installations, and a number of never-before-seen excerpts of early video experiments. Via Kickstarter, we’re looking for funding in order to help us produce the final disk, which will be a 2-DVD set that also includes a booklet with essays and other writing by various critics and curators that looks back over our output.
The money we hope to raise would go to producing 1000 copies of the DVD and would cover all costs of disk replication and printing. Depending on the level of funding, contributors will receive awards ranging from a copy of the final DVD set to limited edition, hand-signed photographs taken from various past productions.
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