Emotionally raw confessions about family trauma are juxtaposed with observations about the cocksure attitudes of those in power. Authority is assumed to be right. However, just because it holds the seat of power, does not make it so. In Soul Junk, I was compelled to move through my own understanding of power structures & an individual’s power grab in the age of the selfie. How those systems get played out in the family, through power brokers, government, and corporations. I process narcissistic & patriarchal behavior through the rhythm of my own lens in an effort to understand the political, economic and ethical landscape of our time. Those in power often prevail at the expense of individuals, families, & communities.
The visual & sonic presentation amplifies the fractured narrative juxtapositions expressed in the video. When you find your way into the focused beams of sound, you compose the work as you navigate the aural space. Opposing ideas are hurled against one another in rapid fire. Synapses firing, a space is opened where, new neural pathways are forged. Complexity & not always understanding the narrative is an intention of this work; mimicking the information overload of our times. Where the focused beam of 2 speakers cross over, one hears the narrative of 2 video projections. This complicates & confounds understanding, similar to the way our own minds chatter & process information. Each video is understood more clearly, the further away one stands from the speaker. This gives a macro & micro experience.
Soul Junk exposes the limits of personal choice as it intersects with the collective choices made by a society. For example: the BP Gulf Oil Spill. While BP’s intention was not to create an environmental disaster, the damage was the result of cost-cutting decisions made by management. Insufficient funds were allocated, safety was gambled upon & the local population was terrorized by the loss of their livelihood.
When & where are the borders between terror, abuse & negligence blurred & crossed? How do personal behavior, corporate & national interests, & armed terrorist groups drive politics? I expose my pain, doubts & frustration in an effort to make sense of the world we live in and to stimulate conversation for change. Soul Junk is a catalyst for social justice.