MasterMind Award Finalists: Narrative
Ana Mendez's dance recalls a David Lynch movie; dark and heady, it touches on the occult and evokes the power of ritual. For "Tribute: A Summoning," the breakout performance of art collaborative Psychic Youth, Inc., men in suits and dark glasses writhe to analog sounds in a movement-based séance set to the music of British producer Joe Meek. In "Waking Spell," an improvisational dance set to spontaneous musical cues, performers seem to step around scenes from a slasher film. If you think you know modern dance, take another look. Read about Mendez's projects and inspirations in our 100 Creatives profile.
From suntans to boobs, it's sometimes hard to tell what's real in the Magic City. Which makes Jillian Mayer's videos and performance pieces a fitting commentary on that blurred virtual line we walk every day. In her video, "Scenic Jogging," Mayer sprints next to projected pastoral landscapes that are nothing more than desktop screensavers. In her experimental musical Mrs. Ms, she slices open the idea of marriage by trying to marry her Chihuahua, using tropes from Saturday morning children's television. Mayer's performances synthesize Miranda July's whimsy, Yoko Ono's conceptuality, and Sarah Silverman's biting comedy. They're so smart and entertaining, the Guggenheim museum recently recognized Mayer's work before the artist had even staged her first solo show. Learn more about Mayer's work in 100 Creative profile of the artist.
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In Meniscus, the first feature film written and directed by Jorge Rubiera, an estranged son of an infamous author inherits his father's estate. The visually stunning black and white film deals with the heavy weight of the muse and the complicated relationships between fathers and sons. In vérité style, Rubiera underscores the surreal elements of everyday life using first time-actors, environments rather than sets, and Steadicam or handheld cameras to mimic human movements. Rubiera has also applied his narrative and visual skills to nine short films, a documentary about a Russian composer, and music videos for his band Animal Tropical. Check out our 100 Creative profile of Rubiera.