Brian William Dove

No Man is an Island: performance

Performance documentation from VCUarts Senior Show April 20, 2013 Richmond, VA

Performed using a program built in max/msp/jitter that allows the performer to assign video/audio files to each key of the keyboard, which trigger on/off with each keystroke. This performance is the result of an ever-developing concept based on the writings of 16th/17th century poet, John Donne, the obituaries of individuals I will never have the pleasure of meeting, and generally being a part of the greater human experience.

SPECIAL THANKS TO... Zach Kurth-Nelson Hassan Pitts Bob Kaputof Matthew Shelton VCU department of Kinetic Imaging

No Man is an Island: I

[no. 1] Birth: 1931 Death: May 4, 2001

[no. 1] lived in Venice, Florida. He was suffering from dementia when he wandered away from his home, and passed away after being attacked by an 8-foot alligator.

This video was created using found footage of 3 crocodiles being fed chicken on a crocodile farm in Australia. This video is the result of an ever-developing concept based on the writings of 16th/17th century poet, John Donne, the obituaries of individuals I will never have the pleasure of meeting, and generally being a part of the greater human experience.

No Man is an Island: II

[no. 2] was a retired pattern maker from Baker-Perkins Co. and served with the US Army as a medic during WWII. For unknown reasons, in 2008, he stopped paying bills and his power was shut off. On January 15, 2009, his body was found in his Michigan home, frozen to death.

This video was created using appropriated footage from old instructional factory films, a film about Army nurses and medics during WWII, and footage of icebergs and glaciers. This video is the result of an ever-developing concept based on the writings of 16th/17th century poet, John Donne, the obituaries of individuals I will never have the pleasure of meeting, and generally being a part of the greater human experience.

Windows: I

One of three. Intended for installation, each on one of three walls in a window-less room. Dimensions variable.

Windows: II

Appropriated footage 2012.

In a country founded upon the idea of Capitalism, the only way to be truly patriotic, to truly show love and appreciation for one’s country is to spend money on and consume its products without ceasing. In Stained Glass #2: Consumption, I use footage appropriated from commercials to create a reverent monument directed at the United States’ worship of the Capitalist system, just as stained glass windows can be a monument to an important religious event, person, or idea. The use of this appropriated footage subverts the intended purpose of the original footage; works of art that was originally created to persuade viewers to purchase a product. Viewed as a silent loop, those works are transformed into something more meditative and relatable.

The Long Walk Home

Meditative study.

Digital video, 2012.

Our Natural Industry

Meditative study.

Digital video, 2012.