Its Mouth Only Grows

2016 - 2017

Act I, 2016

Single channel HD video/audio; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:04:43

 

 

 

 

Act II, 2016

Single channel HD video/audio; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:02:05.                                        

One minute trailer.

Act III, 2016

Single channel HD video/audio; 16:9 aspect ratio; 00:04:53.                  

One-and-a-half minute trailer.

Its Mouth Only Grows is a four-channel video installation that contemplates the storyteller’s role as both enchanter and manipulator.

Proceeding across three acts and a chorus, Its Mouth Only Grows recalls narrative patterns from ancient Greek theatre and archetypal “creation myths” – stories in which something’s genesis is explained via magical or transcendent events – as it follows a mysterious process that appears to turn vegetables into powders, and powders into industrial construction materials. Each act unfolds through a visual language borrowed from different corners of lowbrow video media history, from B-movie science fiction to iPhone advertisements.

With a disposition towards storytelling at once suspicious and intoxicated, Its Mouth Only Grows interrogates fiction’s historically political role, and contemplates how, from ancient myth to hyper-capitalist video fiction, it has been used to prefigure objects, structures, or ideologies as natural and unchanging.