MiniDV 5 min, video footage by
Gretchen Skogerson
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007

Hundreds of light bulbs, some flashing, others unwired, but all wrapped in plastic images cut by the artist. Together they form a kind of animated chain reaction that changes continuously through the heat of the lamps and the caramelizing effect of the images. The repetitive character adds a cinematographic effect to the work, considering each lamp a separate film frame. Using material that is often disposed of, Levine refers to the world of pop culture and consumerism. Through the re-contextualization, the common and despised garbage of our visual culture change from sexist, racist, class-oriented and consumerist images to become imminent and transcendent.

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