If you could imagine a Surreal world with a Gorky painting married to a Mondrian, but having an affair with a silent Brakhage, simultaneously flirting with Truffaut’s eye capturing moments that have little to do with the story, but with life passing by, then you will know what to expect in Eng’s video performances.
The stage resembles a complex VJ set with multiple projections and stacks of power books, but the process combines music composition, painting, and video making. In this case, as with past projects, Memobile started with the idea of the nomad or life based upon constant mobility guided by the earth’s elements. Footage from the artist’s world travels and odd saved objects lying on friends’ bookshelves were captured along with samples of flying insects. Like an early abstract expressionist painter with roots in surrealism, Eng contemplated associated emotions and moods to manipulate the images in real-time.
This project was made possible by Swing Space, a program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, generously supported by the September 11th Fund. Swing Space 15 Nassau is donated by Silverstein Properties. Additional funding for this project from the New York State Council on the Arts, Harvestworks, Experimental Television Center Finishing and Presentation Funds funded by the Electronic Media and Film Program and mediaThe foundation inc, and with support by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable cultural contributions of artists to society. Special thanks to: Simon Hostettler, Roulette, Jim Staley, Joshua Kristal, David Linton, Diane Ludin, and Vidvox for use of their software, Grid Pro.