Found footage filmmaking is a practice involving reappropriating and remixing previously shot or created materials for new, innovative purposes. Filmmakers working in this tradition utilize many different methods of transforming moving images—from physically manipulating motion-picture film to juxtaposing disparate content through clever editing to glitching digital video and video game software—to critically examine its original meaning, context, and cultural significance. Artists featured in this exhibition incorporate materials from a wide spectrum of sources including Hollywood films, reality television and sitcoms, news broadcasts, home movies, archival footage, immersive online worlds, and computer desktop displays. At the heart of all these works are questions that encourage deep analytical readings and challenge our collective ways of consuming and finding meaning in visual culture.
This exhibition will be divided into three phases (listed below) which will unfold between January and March 2023. Each phase will feature a unique slate of artists whose work reflects different kinds of source materials and different styles of creative practice. In addition to these three phases, two “throughline” works, Jennifer Proctor’s A MOVIE by Jen Proctor and Evan Meaney & Amy Szczepanski’s Big_Sleep™, will be on display throughout the entire course of the show.
This exhibition was curated by Dave Rodriguez, filmmaker and librarian at Florida State University.