First Person, Fourth Wall – Hallwalls Artist in Residence (HARP)

Featured artists:
Dina KelbermanButtress O’KneelMark HurstScott WilliamsIrene MoonJasmin BlascoMatmosid m theft ableSheila BErgo PhizmizYon VisellPorestDavid SheaGregor WeichbrodtCarlo PatrãoTim MaloneyGwilly EdmondezJon Leidecker (aka Wobbly)People Like UsPeter JaegerRanjit BhatnagarAdriene LillyMicah MosesAndrew SharpleyAndie BrownJohn Kilduff (Let’s Paint TV) & Hearty White.

Fourth Wall, a new site specific wide screen movie, reflects upon the illusion of separateness. The title addresses the experience of illusory duality constructed by the mind, which is replicated through the lens of the camera, the stage, and the surface of the page, movie or computer screen. Through the viewing, cutting and editing of hundreds of pre-existing movies, Vicki searches for multiple and parallel narratives and collages these together to create a flowing stream of consciousness, attempting to breakdown this wall and reveal what she perceives as a greater reality and oneness beyond relativity.  First Person is a new multichannel audio piece where over 75 participants recorded themselves reading from the book The Fundamental Questions which Vicki Bennett co-authored with Gregor Weichbrodt, where thousands of user profiles from the web were parsed and matched according to four existential questions in life. The result is a chorus of people looking beyond themselves for their perfect mirror, calling from thousands of isolated portals, bonded by their almost identical searches, questions and intentions creating an aura of interconnectivity.

Screenings of Fourth Wall

January 2022 – 35th STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER Festival For Expanded Media – International Short Films Competition

John Oswald “seasonally reconfigured” our Hallwalls film “First Person, Fourth Wall” – see below.
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Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project (HARP) is a successful multidisciplinary artists residency program, which is funded in most years (with the exceptions of 1996–97, 1997–98, and 2004–05) by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; in most years by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (for visual & media artists); and from 2008 to 2010 by the Nimoy Foundation (for visual & media artists). Some musicians in residence since 2010 (Roscoe Mitchell in 2010, Wadada Leo Smith in 2012) have been supported in addition or solely by the Jazz Presenting Program of Chamber Music America (CMA). The goal of the project is to support invited artists through professional stipends, materials and fabrication budgets, workspace, access to equipment and technical support, public presentations of their work in solo exhibitions, site-specific installations, screenings, and concerts, and interaction with local artists and communities through collaboration, lectures, master classes, workshops, and in-school residencies. Coming next year, three new HARP projects, made possible with major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Cullen Foundation. 

HARP Artists 2019-2020
Douglas Ewart, George Lewis, & Douglas Repetto
People Like Us (Vicki Bennett)
John Oswald