In September 2010 artists and musicians Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman (aka Extreme Animals) embarked up0n their 8th tour of the United States, premiering 3 new videos and 2 new performances at venues ranging from Universities to Media Festivals to DIY spaces. Continuing their ongoing investigation into the relationship between the banal and the trancendent, the works in "Music Is A Question . . ." combine original video footage with footage sourced from VHS tapes and the internet into a bewildering maelstrom of contemporary American pathos. Rejecting the distinction between the producer and the consumer, or the original and the derivative, their videos and performances attempt to blur boundaries between the authentic and the trite or the liberating and the imprisoning. How are tweens using YouTube and how is YouTube using tweens? What happens to the activist notion of "going green" when it becomes as ubiquitous as a smiley face on a plastic bag? How much overt emotions can an audience handle before they stop feeling empathy and start feeling judgement?
excerpt from "Music Is A Question . . .":
The tour coincided with the release of the 3 new videos onto DVD-R, published by Audio Dregs:
included on the dvd-r:
"Questions of the Ages"
"My Life My Language"
Many of the source material for the videos was collected and generously donated by Andrew Jeffrey Wright.
"By the time the Extreme Animals are seated once again and filling the auditorium with frenzied, apocalyptic sounds and visions chasing a recycling and pollution theme, I am fully awake again, and strangely, unexpectedly in love with and in awe of this furious planet." From:
"The modern world can be a frightening deluge of images and commands, and if you have half a mind, that can be a depressing thing. So why not turn all that jumbled garbage on it's head, and make it even more insane? It might even be funny. Laughter is better than sadness, a kind of small victory that Extreme Animals are in the market of producing." from: