(his)Story: A Generation of Documentation
Friday, May 11, 7PM
Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members
Director/Artist Helyx Chase in person
This interactive media installation invites viewer-ship as well as participation, as it examines the changing landscape of media, television and documentation. A 5-channel video installation serves as one artist’s interpretation of queer gender identity and evolving story-lines of queer based resistance over the past 25 years, while an interactive re-purposed television set invites participants to choose and view clips from community story telling projects.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Helyx Chase is a gender queer video artist, activist and media literacy educator. Ze is a Hampshire College graduate with a degree in Video, Social Justice, Youth Empowerment and Global Power Dynamics. Hir work focuses on extending tools and promoting media creation, specifically for those who are systematically excluded from methods of media production. In 2010 Ze created the Midnight Media Coup as a formal expression of hir activist and artistic work.
Hir work includes The Trek Project, a multimedia exploration of how we see ourselves in a global context. The main component of the project is El Trompo, a short documentary that has been screened in many places including as a mapmaking installation in Amherst, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, ze created Remapping Our (his)Stories, a project that uses media literacy practice to reframe the ways we see and construct (his)Story. The project involved developing a youth program and curriculum as well as a multi-media installation, (his)Story: A Generation of Documentation Both the curriculum and installation use community based and interactive practices to examine how we do and how we can document our own histories. Hir work seeks to promote media literacy practice and alternative media production as a manner to dismantle systematic oppression. Ze is a member of the Trans Oral History Collective and currently partnered with Trans-Genre to produce Visual Voices, a visual anthology of work by Trans Artists.
Storyville is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts