|States Duration 14m25s See excerpt.
Seattle and Enumclaw, WA, and Watertown, WI
Film and Music by Dan Senn
Uncovered States (2019) documents three events at three locations in the United States and includes a sound improvisation by the artist using one of his Scrapercussion soundsculptures. In six windows, a portion of each film is cyclically revealed within an ever changing visual and sonic context. The videos were recorded over a period of five years with sound added years later and includes a Summer Solstice Parade in Seattle, Washington, a Ku Klux Klan rally in Enumclaw, Washington, and a farmer's market in Watertown, Wisconsin. The soundscupture materials were recorded in 1989, feedback from a Scrapercussion, and reconfigured-reworked in 2018, in Prague, as an Ableton Live set. The music was composed in real-time at Waterhouse Studio in Watertown, Wisconsin in 2018, with this version re-edited in Prague in 2019.
Dan Senn is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental music composition, video, installation and the production of media arts festivals. He also makes feature length documentary films and is the director of the Echofluxx in Prague, and co-founder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City. He lives in Prague, The Czech Republic, and Watertown, Wisconsin. He has directed and produced the documentaries “The Exquisite Risk of Civil War Brass”, "A House on Jungmanova”, and most recently, “Voices of Theresa” and "The Christo Effect", along with scores of experimental works. His work can be heard and viewed at Dan-Senn.com.
"This is a political work by virtue of juxtopositioning three contrasting social events: a Klan rally, a Summer Solstice parade, and a farmer's market. Rather than promote an intended message, I simply report these happenings alogorithmically and let the materials speak for themselves. This has been a mainstay of my approach to art and culture for many years, with a few exceptions, and as influenced by the work of John Cage, Phill Niblock and others in the fluxus movement from which I have developed. I intend no meaning in Uncovered States but recognize an intended context where interpretation is manifold, even within myself."