Experimental Video Debuts in Frenchtown Store Front



Press release 12/23/98

An experimental video entitled "stop/go", based on an alternative view of Christmas, makes it's premeire tonight in
Frenchtown, New Jersey at 8:00 pm.

The installation is at Star Base 38, a funky arts & antique emporium, located at 38 Bridge Street in the huge display window.

Artists: Chaz Hampton, Michael Shomsky, Val Roy Gerischer, and John Stringfellow planned and constructed the piece for 6 months. Gathering all of the equipment that makes up this incredible multi-media experiment was no easy task. The piece is constructed of 13 white televisions that make up a huge 7 foot christmas tree.

It is one the strangest christmas display windows you will ever see and is characterised by a stark-minimalistic edgy outlook on christmas. The video segment of the installation is reminiscent of vintage 8mm home movie clips backed by a scratchy house-mix techno beat audio track. The video features excerpts of local town residents, antique wind up toys dancing to the music, and customers of Star Base 38 reciting short segments of Shakespeare.

During a season when it is easy to become overwhelmed by commercialism and cuteness, the installation offers an extremely refreshing twist on an age old tradition. The installation will remain on view untill January 15, 1999. For an unforgetable holiday experience, we encourage everyone to check it out.

Felis na di da...

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