Bryan Elsom’s Presentation of Blue Screen

By Editorial Team on October 31, 2018

6On September 28 and 29, 2018 Bryan Elsom debuted his long awaited project, “Blue Screen” in Washington, DC. “Blue Screen” is a three channel video installation designed as an immersive experience. This digitally experiential piece surveys memory, perceptions, knowledge and relationships between three characters by visualizing what has happened, what is happening and what will happen, simultaneously. “Blue Screen” was met with overwhelming enthusiasm among the Washington, DC arts community having hundreds of visitors of its’ 48 hour presentation. Elsom hopes to share “Blue Screen” in the future in Baltimore, New York, Miami and Washington, DC again – more to come on those 2019 presentations.

“Blue Screen” seeks to explore the structure of narrative. The three depicted characters examine their history, which may be their own emotional projection of what will happen, in simultaneous moments with what is occurring to them on another screen. Scenes and relationships are repeated within an ever changing context. “Blue Screen” is presented on three large video screens, placed in a gallery setting, situated so the viewers can walk in and among the screens. The screens are positioned so that a viewer can only see two of the full screens at once, and a part of the third screen. Images projected on the fronts of the screens are also projected in sync on the backs of each screen. Like the viewer, the physical structure of the installation allows the characters to observe their own lives. They can stand outside the experience, observing their own behavior and the behavior of others. Time is abstracted and fluid.

Bryan Elsom is a filmmaker, painter and mixed media artist. His documentary films on American jazz, politics and religion have been broadcast in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. He is the founder and creative director of MRB Films, a video content studio, involved in projects extensively in the U.S. and Latin America, as well as in Europe, South Africa and China. His multi-screen installation work includes projects for Hyatt Hotels and Planned Parenthood. His video work explores the complex nature of time and memory. By questioning the concept of movement, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, echoing our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer at various educational institutions, including Virginia Commonwealth University, New Your University, Univ. South Florida, Carlton College, Univ. of North Carolina, Univ. of South Carolina, and Univ. of Georgia. Bryan Elsom currently lives and works in Baltimore.

To view the installation click here: https://vimeo.com/294852052

And for the virtual tour of the work click here: https://vimeo.com/293490203/8aaa93266c

(via Art See DC. Photo courtesy of Art See DC.)