"The Bootstrap Myth" is a part of the series of works called "Ecstatic Time." Expanding on filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s notion of 'ecstatic time,' the project presents a set of short, looping videos and animated GIFs that document a series of performative gestures in Port-of-Spain and the surrounding area. Performed by the artist’s family members, friends, acquaintances, and local dancers, these brief gestures (some staged, some spontaneous) portray a sense of redundancy, futility, and slowness in a local, cultural context. During interactions with the natural and built environments of Trinidad, the characters defy gravity, dive in and out, hide in plain sight, push forward, retreat…(and repeat).


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  • Orig. Main Artist: Lauren Marsden

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  • Video Out Distribution