Amy Bassin

production by Amy Bassin
ARCHCINE 2016 , 2014
time: 3' 11''

Shot near the Danube River during my summer art residency in Šamorín, Slovakia, my video chronicles a dream. It is called a dream archeology because the character is constantly fighting to excavate herself from a dark, subconscious state. Throughout the video she battles to break away from imprisoning thoughts that have trapped her inside a nightmarish, smothering plastic cocoon. This woman attempts a thrashing escape through liberating physical movement that does offer her glimpses of hope. 
The video's final beat ends in her frozen look of defeat that is also a plea for help. That she still is looking for help, as opposed to feeling helplessly beaten, means that she may have lost this particular nocturnal battle, but not necessarily the war. The soundtrack’s distorted Blue Danube waltz variations reinforce her determined attempts to retrieve some sort of beauty, joy and romance from the upheavals that confront her while she sleeps.     

I transitioned from painting to fine arts video and photography when I grew to dislike the stationary easel and became enamored with the freedom technology offered via the digital camera. It allowed me mobility and reinforced a collagist’s mentality that allowed me to continually incorporate, interpret found objects with diverse and contradictory points of view. I co-founded “Urban Dialogues, ” an art collective between nine artists across five continents as a social media experiment. This collaborative effort was exhibited at De Bijl Cultuurhuis Museum, Belgium and the video “Somnambulist Soaring” was screened at the Boston Biennial Project at the 54th Venice Biennial. My work is in collections at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Museum Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Last year I completed my first art video, Šamorín Dream Archeology” during a summer art residency near the Danube River in Šamorín, Slovakia. This video won me a slot in a video exquisite corpse's global experimental project, The Spaces Between Cities, produced by EXcinema. My photo collage, The Language of Love Parts 1&2, will be published this June in Maintenant 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art. I have a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and currently live in Long Island City, NY.


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