Portfolio – By Title

American Diorama

American Diorama – 5 min sample – 2004

My first multi channel work for synchronized video streams. The piece starts in Cape Cod and moves gradually across the North American continent, ending at the Pacific Ocean. There is no attempt to cover all this of ground in any complete way – the work is an assembly of the places I traveled to and Read more about American Diorama – 5 min sample – 2004[…]

American Diorama Installed

American Diorama Installed at El Camino Medical Center – 2007

My first multi channel work for synchronized video streams. The piece starts in Cape Cod and moves gradually across the North American continent, ending at the Pacific Ocean. There is no attempt to cover all this ground in any complete way – the work is an assembly of the places I traveled to and landscapes Read more about American Diorama Installed at El Camino Medical Center – 2007[…]

Arvo's Clouds

Arvo’s Clouds – 2010

Commissioned by the Concert Nova chamber music group in Cincinnati. I created this image to accompany a performance of Fratres by Arvo Part. The recoding used on this version is by Kronos Quartet.

Aspen

Aspen – 2014

One of many attempts on my part to capture the magic motion of Aspen leaves, a fascination deeply embedded in memories of my childhood in Colorado. This footage was shot near Caibou, Colorado. The tape includes three different “episodes” which use a series image treatments and tricks, which further complicate the already complex motion of Read more about Aspen – 2014[…]

Baltimore Overpass

Baltimore Overpass (Demo) – 1994

Produced while I was living in Washington DC. This is a meditation on highway architecture and the view from moving cars, subjects that have long been dear to me. Shot on Hi8 with footage processed at ETC and in my studio using the Amiga computer.

Berkeley Arts Festival – 2016

Live audio visual improvisation on 07/25/2016 at the Berkeley Arts Festival

Betty Woodman: Thinking Out Loud – 1991

Filmed on VHS, mastered on Betacam SP at Public Production Group, Washington DC. Ceramic artist Betty Woodman demonstrates her technique of ceramic art, discusses her background and talks with critic, curator and painter John Perreault about her work.

Bird Rock

Bird Rock – 2015

Filmed at Headlands National Monument during my 2015 at the Headlands Center for the Arts residency, looking west at dusk.

Bloom

Bloom – 2011

Video installation for wall mounted LCD display.

Blue Bebop

Blue Bebop – 2003

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Burner

Burner – 2007

These images were created to accompany the music track by Odd Nosdam, with whom I had done a few live shows that year in San Francisco and one a few years earlier at VOLK in Cincinnati. I admire the distorted and gritty feel of the track and developed an image treatment which worked well with Read more about Burner – 2007[…]

Canto One

Canto One – 2017

This animation is created by Charles Woodman & Kim Anno. Woodman made the images and voice recordings Anno adapted Canto 1 from Dante’s Purgatorio, making the text secular, and she created the soundscape effects. Keisha Kemper and Michael Burham are the actor’s voices.

Contusion

Contusion – 2015

Documentation of an audio visual improvisation. Performed at Headlands Center for the Arts Spring 2015.

Cowboy Romance

Cowboy Romance 92 Remix – 1992

A meditation/celebration of the Spaghetti Western and the pornography of violence. An homage to Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. Copies of scenes from the original films, rented on VHS, were edited into a compilation reel. That material was processed at ETC, where Scott Davenport also added the text layer. Several versions of that were edited Read more about Cowboy Romance 92 Remix – 1992[…]

Coyote Tracks

Coyote Tracks – 1986

This first 16mm film made after Grad School and also my last. Coyote Tracks culminates my interest in semiotics and the exploration of cinema as a linguistic system. Each shot represents a single “pictograph” in a sentence describing a narrative journey. Shot in New Mexico and featuring a cast of old friends.

Dance Tracks

Dance Tracks – 1992

Compilation of various short treatments of material featuring dancers and set to music. Primarily choreography by Brooke Kidd, Washington DC, Yee Jen Bao, Norman, OK and Judith Mikita, Cincinnati OH, all processed at the Experimental Television Center.

Danny

Danny – 2013

Produced for Yoni Wolf and Why? Animation by Alex Woodman

Dharma Pops

Dharma Pops – 2014

A meditation on the pleasures of observation. Image, music and text weave around each other in a multi-layerd dance. The images were built around the pre-existing soundtrack.

Discerning Crane

Discerning Crane – 2010

Live Audio Visual Improvisation on 4/24/10 at Gallery CS13 in Cincinnati, OH.

Drift

Drift (Demo) – 1992

A mostly formal exercise in composition and image processing, using footage of water. Probably the first in a ongoing series of works dealing with landscape, investigating the idea of video as a contemplative viewing experience akin to painting. Filmed in California and Mexico, Developed over the course of two visits to ETC, Final editing at Read more about Drift (Demo) – 1992[…]

Echoes of Amber

Echoes of Amber – 2011

The image is of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, and the video was shot on a Mattel Videster toy camera.

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse – 2011

Contribution to the Exquisite Video Corpse project. The first 8 seconds are the video I was given as a departure point, the remainder is my contribution to the chain. The final 10 seconds were given to the next contributor.

Flip It – 1999

Two channels or two versions of a video made with an early non-linear editing system “The Video Cube.” Purchased by Matt Dibble, to which I made a contribution and got some time on the system. The tape attempts to form a series of wipes as if constantly changing channels. All footage is appropriated from cable Read more about Flip It – 1999[…]

Goat Rock Beach

Goat Rock Beach – 2015

Filmed on a trip north during my 2015 residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Shot near where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

Great Ring Road

Great Ring Road – 2015

Live audio visual improvisation with Phi 4 on 06/11/2015 at Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy.

Heaven

Heaven – 2009

The images for Heaven were produced at the Experimental TV Center. Nicholas Economos and I shared part of the residency and he helped me develop this complex patch using both the Jones Frame Buffer and Jones Keyer with a slow oscillator varying the amount of “trails” we see at any one time.

I Morti Demo

I Morti (Demo) – 2002

Demo of five screen installation. I was fascinated by the photos on gravestones in the Cemetery at San Minato in Florence, Italy. I began to think about the way in which a single image came to represent the entire lived experience of the person. Cinema as a whole also seems to be about representations of Read more about I Morti (Demo) – 2002[…]

I Morti at Weston

I Morti Installation Documentation (Weston Art Gallery) – 2002

This video combines documentation of the work as it was installed at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati along with excerpts of some of the footage which makes up the whole. I was fascinated by the photos on gravestones in the Cemetery at San Minato in Florence, Italy. I began to think about the way Read more about I Morti Installation Documentation (Weston Art Gallery) – 2002[…]

Lateral Thinking at 21C

Lateral Thinking at 21C Museum/Hotel – 2014

Performance organized in conjunction with Passages, my one-person show at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati.

Lateral Thinking at Autumedia

Lateral Thinking at Autumedia – 2012

I was commissioned by Andy Marko of Semantics Gallery in Cincinnati to create a live show as the concluding event for his annual Autumedia Festival. The space at Semantics was filled with other work in the show, so he approached Third Party, another artist run space down the street, to host the performance. I sent Read more about Lateral Thinking at Autumedia – 2012[…]

Lota' Burger

Lota’ Burger – 1988

An early experiment with time based correction and the ability to mix two tapes together, as well as one of the few projects in which I worked with an online editor who operated the controls at my direction. This tape features two versions of the same image (shot in Santa Fe) slightly staggered in time Read more about Lota’ Burger – 1988[…]

Luce dal Cielo

Luce dal Cielo – 2015

Filmed at Headlands National Monument during my 2015 residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Late afternoon fog on the lagoon.

Megurs

Megurs Ehd Ffleweh at MATA Festival – 2013

Documentation of live performance of the music with cinema accompaniment. Performed by Meitar Ensemble as part of MATA Festival at Roulette in Brooklyn. Shot from an audience member’s cell phone.

Megurs Ehd Ffleweh

Megurs Ehd Ffleweh Bq Nsolst – 2012

An ecstatic chant to the rising of the sun. Sound and image are juxtaposed and find moments of synchronicity, while remaining parallel and separate. Time rushes forward slowly. Narrative is all and nothing. Left over material from Bloom was adjusted to accompany Chris Bailey’s music.

Mixed Fish with Clouds – 1994

This is an early installation video shown at a gallery at Millersville University and projected onto the ceiling. All footage is original.

National Sport

National Sport – 1991

My reaction to the Gulf War and the continuing transformation of war coverage into media spectacle. Edited at PPG and an early exploration of the Ampex ADO-1000 Digital Video Effects unit.

Owego Wheatgrass Wiper

Owego Wheatgrass Wiper – 2015

Shot from the village park along the river during my first residency at Signal Culture (Owego, NY).

Palimpsest

Palimpsest – 2002

The term “palimpsest” refers to a text which has been written upon two or three times, but whose lines have been imperfectly erased, so that different layers of all the texts are visible and mix together.

Partida – 1985

Produced on ¾” tape at Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; features music by the Memluks, a band from Norman, OK, and appearances by my friend Willy.

Pattern Logic

Pattern Logic – 2016

Live audio visual improvisation on 06/10/2016 at Modern Makers in Cincinnati, OH

Personal Jesus – 1993

The image was filmed off a decorative plate with a live camera which was being processed dimming, and then coming to brightness then back again. It looks like the hue was off too, giving Jesus a green tint. Produced during a residency at the Experimental TV Center.

Phoenecia

Phoenecia – 2015

A few views of water and trees from my month long stay in Phonecia, NY. This video utilizes an editing technique (a sort of continuous slow horizontal slide) that I conceptualized for more than a year. After several failed attempts I finally figured out how to make it work.

Pi Squared

Pi Squared – 2009

Created to accompany a composition by Christopher Bailey, HK2. All the images are appropriated from the film Pi by Darren Aronofsky.

Plunder Squad

Plunder Squad – 1996

A collection of images and sounds from television cop shows is interwoven with texts (selected by Scott Davenport) taken from pulp detective stories, the literary predecessor of the same genre.

Poison Acid Mix

Poison (Acid Mix) – 1991

A meditation on pollution. Based on treatments of footage I produced and shot for the Los Alamos National Labs on the subject of Radioactive Waste Water Treatment.

Pulse Generator Pastry

Pulse Generator Pastry – 2016

Pulse Generator Pastry is my first collaboration with my mother, the ceramic artist Betty Woodman. Betty created the shapes which contain the patterns in the video, based on the forms she uses in her work. I used those shapes as stencils into which both the positive and negative spaces were filled with textures, created using Read more about Pulse Generator Pastry – 2016[…]

Quique

Quique (Pais, Country) – 1996

Collaboration with Poet/Performer Enrique Aviles. This video has its origins as a part of the “video set” for a performance by Aviles, directed by Davis Chung. In the theatrical piece Aviles played the roles of two immigrants to the US (one Mexican and one Korean) who live on opposite sides of a rooming house in Read more about Quique (Pais, Country) – 1996[…]

Remnants

Remnants – 1982

A 16mm film produced while I was graduate student. An exploration of connections between film and language.

Roman Spa

Roman Spa – 2015

Filmed at the hot springs resort of the same name in Calistoga, CA.

San Mateo Drive

San Mateo Drive – 1988

Companion/sequal to Lota’ Burger and produced a few days later, under the same circumstances. This tape uses a similar methodology, this time with a moving camera, shot from a car, and a more complex series of overlapping wipes.

Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch – 2012

Shot from the patio of my hotel room at this YMCA Resort, located just down the road from Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado, where I spent two summers as a boy. The video began as a single continuous take. We are witness to two unfolding narratives, happening at very different scales, both the movements Read more about Snow Mountain Ranch – 2012[…]

Sofferte onde serene… – 2011

Music Luigi Nono …sofferte onde serene… 1976, for piano and tape. Produced for Collide-o-Scope Music on the occasion of our performance at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC in 2011.

Spiders Mix

Spiders Wheels (Shrimp Mix) – 2012

Video edited to match the music by guitarist/composer Val Opielski. Intended to act as a demo for a proposed appearance as performing duo.

Spring's Mix Demo

Spring’s Mix Demo – 2006

Demo of three screen installation. Three part work created for my exhibition at Shirley Jones Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Features dance treatments from Experimental Television Center, as well as footage from my backyard in Cincinnati. The piece was projected onto the store front windows of the gallery.

St Vrains Woods

St. Vrain’s Woods – 2013

Shot at the Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead and campground, near Jamestown, Colorado. St Vrain’s Woods was inspired by Seurat among others. An exploration of the elasticity of time, it is a moving picture made only of still images and the spaces between them. It is a portrait of a place and a moment.

Table of Elements

Table of Elements – 2012

Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which Read more about Table of Elements – 2012[…]

Table of Elements Demo

Table of Elements 7 min excerpt – 2012

Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which Read more about Table of Elements 7 min excerpt – 2012[…]

Table of Elements Installed

Table of Elements Installed at University of Cincinnati Medical Center – 2014

Documentation of the installation and of reactions to the work by people in the the hospital waiting room. Interviews by Melissa Godoy. Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s Read more about Table of Elements Installed at University of Cincinnati Medical Center – 2014[…]

Terminal Beach

Terminal Beach – 2015

Live audio visual improvisation on 09/3/2015 at Micro Mini Cinema in Cincinnati.

Fifth Element

The Fifth Element – 2011

Live audio visual improvisation on 01/21/11 at Taza Café, Cincinnati, OH.

Video Savant @ SF Cinematheque – 2015

Live audio visual improvisation on 05/3/2015 at SF Cinematheque, Center 4 New Music, San Francisco.

Herron

viDEO sAVant and Friends at Herron – 2010

Live Audio Visual Improvisation on 11/03/10 at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Albright Knox

viDEO sAVant and Ubudis Quartet at Albright-Knox – 2013

The Ubudis Quartet combines Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez with Buffalo-based musicians Steve Baczkowski (saxophones, clarinets, and ethnic woodwinds), Jonathan Golove (electric cello), and John Bacon (percussion).

viDEO sAVant at EnsAD – 2016

In December 2016, Woodman was invited to teach a week long workshop at EnsAD ( Ecole nationale des Ars Decoratifs) in Paris. In the culminating event four different groups of students each performed a live sound and image mix. On the second half of the bill, he collaborated with a colleague from Oakland and three Paris Read more about viDEO sAVant at EnsAD – 2016[…]

International House Philadelphia

Video Savant at International House Philadelphia – 2012

Live audio visual improvisation on 01/28/2012 at International House Philadelphia.

New Genres Festival

viDEO sAVant at New Genres Festival – 2012

Edited excerpts of the performance documentation from 2/25/2012. Curator and long time viDEO sAVant supporter Steve Liggeitt, of Living Arts of Tulsa, paired the sAVant crew with a group of choreographer/dancers for this improvisational extravaganza.

Demo Reel 2014

viDEO sAVant Demo Reel – 2014

Live cinema audio/visual improvisation Brief excerpts from three recent performances Albright-Knox Art Gallery Lateral Thinking at 21C Museum/Hotel Villa Douce, Riems, France

2015 Demo Reel

viDEO sAVant Demo Reel – 2015

Live cinema audio/visual improvisation Brief excerpts from four 2015 performances San Francisco Cinematheque 4/15 Headlands Center for the Arts 5/15 Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy 6/15 Micro Mini Cinema, Cincinnati 8/15

Virtual Space Demo

Virtual Space (Demo) – 1989

My first attempt at a multi-channel video installation. The work was highly influenced by Nam June Paik’s retrospective at the Whitney and by Steina Vasulka’s “The West”. This piece was produced while I was living and working at the Vasulka’s House/Studio in Santa Fe. I had persuaded them to let me house sit while they Read more about Virtual Space (Demo) – 1989[…]

Vox Baleanae

Vox Baleanae – 2009

I was commissioned by Concert Nova to produce this viual accompaniment to the score by George Crumb. Images were shot at the Monterey Aquarium.

Wavelength

Wavelength 12.13 – 2015

Live audio visual improvisation on 12/13/2015 at Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland, CA.

Wavelength

Wavelength 3.17 – 2015

The original material for this video was produced during a residency at Signal Culture in 2014 using three oscillators. The output of the first two was mixed by keying those images into portions of the output of a third. Subsequently, that footage was slowed down to about 10% of the original speed. During my stay Read more about Wavelength 3.17 – 2015[…]

Wavelength 4

Wavelength 4 Lightgeist – 2014

A cameraless video, made by mixing analog waveforms, with some additional digital processing.

Wiggle

Wiggle – 2015

Short loop produced at a Signal Culture artists residency in 2014. Made using the newly built, Nam Jun Paik designed, Wobulator. Produced by sending the output of the oscillator to the Paik Abe Wobulator, with the raster on that device collapsed. This image was then filmed off the screen. Wiggle was created in response to Read more about Wiggle – 2015[…]

Xenakis Mists

Xenakis, Mists – 2011

Inspired by Mists, Iannis Xenakis, 1981, Live audio visual improvisation on 03/11/11 at Atlas Intersections Festival, Washington DC.

Ye Ying Di

Ye Ying Di (Nightingale Floor) – 2005

Ye Ying Di uses a video camera to track the movement of a dancer on stage. The performer’s speed and position determine which sounds are heard and what image is displayed.