Late 2014 UPDATES

It’s been a while, I’ve got a lot of UP-d8s:

1. I will be launching an online commission for NewHive along with a related essay/post for Hyperallergic on December 16th. It’s a new animated painting/web-based project, similar to these older ones, but focused more specifically on the idea of Defaults and Interfaces:

2. “The Urgency” will be screened in it’s entirety (NYC debut) at Migrating Forms December 18th. Info/purchase tickets here:

http://www.bam.org/film/2014/shorts-program-the-floating-chain

3. I was in 2 group shows in Brooklyn this fall. I showed 2 new paintings in this show at Cleopatra’s and I showed another new animated painting piece at this show at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery. Here is one of the paintings from the Cleopatra’s show:

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4. I made a music video for my friend from Pittsburgh whose music project is called “Ennui.” The video is based on the classic “Go West” music video “King Of Wishful Thinking.” Here is the video:

5. I did an “Artist’s Notebook” for Animal-New York where I explained the process behind the creation of the videos for “The Urgency”.

6. I kept track of a week of my “Media Diet” for ArtNews’ “Consumer Reports” series. Check it out here. It was probably one of the more fulfilling projects I did this fall. I recommend keeping a media diary to anyone who is reading this (so that I can be in your diary).

7. I spoke on a panel with Marisa Olson and Sean J Patrick Carney about Internet/Publishing. The temperature was hot but the conversation was cool.

8. Some of my .Gifs were projected at this outdoor festival in Detroit, curated by Molly Soda and Aric Miller.

9. Here is a list of recent screenings of my videos:

-“Am I Evil?” in “From The Cloud” curated by Faith Holland. Screened at DAM Gallery, Berlin, Legion TV, London, Spectacle, Brooklyn

-Excerpts from “The Urgency” screened at ŠKVER Art Projekt: Losinj, Croatia and META (The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale): Abrantes, Portugal, plus a couple other venues here and there . . .

10. I was a model for Cory Arcangel’s Surfware Clothing line. I’m not sure where or when these images are coming out in print. This was also a very fun project. We went to Micro Center in Brooklyn and browsed all the new hard drives. I was very honored to be invited, because Cory only invites “Pro Surfers” to model his clothing line (and he doesn’t take pictures of the model’s face–phew!).

11. I made a music video in 1 day for the Schwarz remix of “Down With The Sickness”. This may be the best music video I have ever made. So simple, so real:

IN PROGRESS/COMING SOON:

1. A music video for my high school friend and one of the best musicians in the world: Emil Amos aka Holy Sons–it’s a song off his most recent record for Thrill Jockey.

2. A top-secret collaboration between myself and Cory Arcangel.

THE URGENCY DVD/DOWNLOAD

I am very excited to announce the DVD and Download version of some of my recent videos:

http://www.undervolt.co/The-Urgency-Extreme-Animals

Here is a trailer:

As always: Music by Extreme Animals Videos by Jacob Ciocci (me).

And here are some excerpts:

These files have been burning a hole on my hard drive for too long–I have been working/adding to/deleting parts of these videos for different formats, versions and contexts for almost 3 years! These videos can be considered video essays, music videos, works of abstract animation, or YouTube junk, depending on your perspective. From my perspective the entire 35-minute compilation is my most recent attempt at grappling with life in contemporary USA. I hope you will download and share. Thanks!

SPRING 2014 NEWS

1. I was invited to be a part of Brad Troemel’s “Chat Room 3″ reading group at BHQFU in Manhattan. They read 3 of my essays and we talked about them as a group. Also it was the day #normcore broke so let’s just say the discussion got #weirdcore.

2. I wrote a brief essay on what the concept of The Thunder Zone means to me, for issue 7 of Asher’s Magazine. This will be released online on Friday March 11th and there will be a release party in Brooklyn here.

3. I will be doing a lecture and studio visits at Denison University in Ohio on April 14th-15th. I believe the talk is open to the public. Or if you are anywhere nearby in Ohio and want to chill, let me know.

4. Extreme Animals are doing a short mini-tour in May on our way up and back to play the Sight and Sound Festival in Montreal. We are playing at the final event of the festival, with Dopplereffect! A dream come true. Look for dates soon.

5. Recent screenings of my videos:
Ghosting TV numer 7 in Los Angeles, on February 22nd.
Northwest Animation Festival, on May 14th.

5. Finally, and most importantly, thank you to Steve Lambert for pointing out that if you search for “making friends computers” in google image search, I am a top search result!!!

THANKS FOR READING MY BLOG!!!!