DANIEL MCKERNAN. VIDEOS
     - THE CHARACTER PROJECT or THE PROJECTED CHARACTER
     - SWITCH DOCTOR: A SELF REFLECTION
     - THE SHIVERING SANDS
     - AN HOMAGE TO THE LAST CASTRATO


THE CHARACTER PROJECT
or THE PROJECTED CHARACTER

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[A study of raw character. An emotional catharsis. The ego and the id.

A collaboration with Shanon Quan who is currently performing in a play utilizing some of the same techniques--mental and technological--used within this video piece. House of No More is a production of the Big Art Group in New York City at P.S. 122, which was recently reviewed by the Village Voice.

Download THE CHARACTER PROJECT: 28.8MB
(Requires QuickTime.)

In THE CHARACTER PROJECT (or THE PROJECTED CHARACTER), I am showing a divide between the ego and the id. The subject of the piece, Shanon Quan, was left alone in a room to act out the four basic emotions: anger, happiness, fear and sadness. Upon completion of this emotional catharsis, the project was paused for two weeks. After allowing emotional recuperation, the subject was brought back into the room and forced to watch his raw emotional states projected back onto him and on display on various different screens around the room while others were present. The results were quite interesting, for when he sees himself acting angry, he laughs at himself; when he sees himself acting happy, he laughs with himself; when he sees himself acting frightened, he jokingly attempts to mock scare himself; and when he sees himself acting sad, he covers his eyes as they begin to water.

Featuring Shanon Quan. Music by COIL presents TIME MACHINES.]


SWITCH DOCTOR: A SELF PORTRAIT

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[An Homage to Matthew Shepard. A utilization of complex technology to summon magic and pay homage to a martyr.

Recently featured in the Nanofestival Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Download SWITCH DOCTOR: A SELF PORTRAIT: 16.2MB
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With SWITCH DOCTOR: A SELF PORTRAIT, I also used a projector for similar concepts. This piece illustrates the notion of myself trying to "be myself" and trying to "understand myself," both in a metaphorical and literal way. Throughout the video, I am attempting to mimic my previously recorded movements and acting perplexed with the me that is being projected. I am toying again with the idea of the projected self vs. the true self. Near the end of such a vulnerable piece, I bring in staged effects for the illusion of something like a hardened exoskeleton to project myself from my viewers. This piece was done as homage to Matthew Shepard, done on the evening of the five-year anniversary of his murder. The vulnerability and martyrdom which I am portraying throughout actually acts as empowerment for me as the artist, as it causes discomfort in the viewer.

Music by COIL vs. ElPH : "The Halliwell Hammers" -- another tale of martyrdom, the murder of the author, Joe Orton, by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.]


THE SHIVERING SANDS

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[Filmed on Fire Island, NY, using solely night vision on the beaches at night -- mostly stars and Mars and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. No special effects added.

Download THE SHIVERING SANDS: 18.3MB
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Special thanks to Adrienne Frisbee. Music by COIL presents Black Light District: A Thousand Lights in a Darkened Room.]


AN HOMAGE TO THE LAST CASTRATO

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[Part of Daniel's recent solo exhibition, PSYCHOPTICAL DELUSIONS, which took place in New Orleans at the Diboll Gallery in May 2003. This piece was part of a small installation onto which it was projected.

Download AN HOMAGE TO THE LAST CASTRATO: 23.7MB
(Requires QuickTime.)

Music by the Last Castrato: Alessandro Moreschi, "Giovanni Aldega: Domine Salvum Fac Pontificem Nostrum Leonem."

Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was the last known castrato, and the only one to have made records. In the sixteenth century, boys were castrated (although not as drastically as eunuchs) around the age of 10; they were subjected to severe vocal training, which developed their lung power and their skills and so they were able to make their debuts at about 18. To achieve this so-called desirable end, it is said that up to 4,000 boys were mutilated annually by the wishes of poverty-stricken parents who thought they had a sweet singer in their midsts who could make the family fortunes. Sadly, this was often not to be so. Many boys were admitted to more lesser choirs and more failed completely. Moreschi died in 1922 at the age of 64, barely noticed by anyone.

Special thanks to Thomas Olson and David Tibet.]

COLLECTED VIDEO WORKS 2002-2003 -- DVD $25


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