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Allison Kaufman
Brooklyn, NY



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Excerpt, Looped Video Projection with Sound, TRT: 2 min 38 sec, 2016

"Motorin' " highlights the power and ubiquity of our cultural fantasy with motorcycles by recording the momentary posturings of those who mount them at car shows. Regardless of age or background, a fleeting performance occurs when people “try on” this iconic object -- even when it is turned off, inside, and on a carpeted floor. The fantasy is perpetuated by additional props such as flashing lights and background sets, which, together with each individual’s pose, create a humorous and human stage.


Excerpt, Looped Video Projection with Sound, TRT: 4 min, 2012

"Friday Nights at Guitar Center” explores the predominately male customers of guitar stores via their impromptu in-store performances. It is an examination into the loneliness that is somehow abated and accentuated by spending time in American chain stores, the packaging and stereotyping of identities that these stores perpetuate, the fantasy of rock stardom, the human desire to be seen and recognized, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability.


Excerpt, Five-Channel Looped Video Installation, Silent, TRT: Varies, 2011

In “Trust Falls”, I interact with divorced middle aged men, a recurring theme in my work. Although strangers to each other, we engage in activities that require close physical proximity and a sense of trust and intimacy. Without dialogue, the body language of collaboration, struggle, and caretaking can be magnified and at times, poignancy and humor revealed


Excerpt, Single-Channel Looped Video with Sound, TRT: 6 min, 24 sec, 2008

“Dancing with Divorced Men”, is a looped video projection of recordings of myself dancing with middle-aged, divorced men in their homes. All strangers to me, I asked the subjects to choose a song and style of dance and following their lead, I create an appropriate female counterpart from their cues. Excerpt from Huffington Post interview: The project is about the need for human interaction, the search for it and the insecurities around it, in an increasingly cyber-connected yet emotionally disconnected world.


 








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