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.