American Endings


The End Is Only The Beginning of Another Story (American Endings #1-25), 2014. Kino Kosmos, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Dual Channel HD Video Projection, Stereo Soundtrack. Duration 00:25:15. Courtesy of the United States Embassy, Bulgaria and the U.S. Department of State.

Site-specific dual channel video installation featuring 100 final scenes from each of the most popular American films as determined by the American Film Institute's Top 100 list. Scenes are played in sequence side-by-side in order of ranking and otherwise allowed to interact together at random. The work indexes and contrasts archetypal endings from the collective mythology of American cinema.

The clips were downloaded from streaming sites on the internet to purposefully employ the jumps and starts of internet streaming as a way to focus on the delivery mediums through which these films are now perceived. The film and its inaugural installation were made possible by the Embassy of the United States, Sofia and premiered in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at Kino Kosmos, a condemned late Soviet-era movie palace in collaboration with Sariev Contemporary and Open Arts Foundation.

Video Profile:  The End Is Only The Beginning of Another Story, Cosmos Cinema, Plovdiv. Courtesy of the Vernissage TV & Open Arts Foundation, United States Embassy, Bulgaria and U.S. Department of State Artist Grant Program. 

 

Still Image: Singin' In The Rain (1952) / 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 2014. Dual Channel HD Video Projection, Stereo Soundtrack. Duration 00:25:15 

 

Still Image: Bonnie and Clyde (1967) / From Here To Eternity (1953), 2014. Dual Channel HD Video Projection, Stereo Soundtrack. Duration 00:25:15 

 


Still Images: City Lights (1931) / E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)‚Äč, 2014. Dual Channel HD Video Projection, Stereo Soundtrack. Duration 00:25:15