2014 MFA Thesis

Matt Whitman

My time-based work confounds the past and the present, memory and dream, history and fantasy in the investigation of moments and spaces of uncertainty and anxiety in the urban landscape. I come upon these physical spaces from the everyday experience of walking in the city. Through acts of witnessing, I locate ideations of imagined histories within the spaces and the moments at which these ideations are revealed. In recent work, using such anachronistic means of image capture as Super8mm film and VHS tape, I treat the camera as an instrument of meditation across time – a way of seeing and imagining an extended present which is constantly vibrating and collapsing out onto itself and impossibly yet inevitably containing the multiplicity of histories that preceded it as well as the potentiality of all those that might ever proceed it. My work is often rendered silently, but I sometimes include a spoken text or source audio that calls upon the historic, fantastic, private, and public unfoldings of the space.

Matt Whitman (b.1988, West Chester, Pennsylvania) is an American film and video artist based in New York City. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from The New School for Public Engagement and is a candidate for an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design. Whitman’s work has been shown in New York City at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, Amos Eno Gallery, the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Anthology Film Archives, the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas, Parsons 25 East Gallery, and The Greenpoint Gallery as well as 8 Fest (Toronto, ON), the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel in partnership with Aspect/Ratio Projects + 2013 Expo Art Week (Chicago, IL), the University of Sydney College of the Arts Galleries (Sydney, Australia), the 2013 ARTSFEST Film Festival (Harrisburg PA), and the 2012 Verge Art Fair: Miami Beach (Miami Beach, FL).

www.mawhitman.com

Matt Whitman / Last fourteen voicemails from my father (or Newark - Genval - Pier 45) / 2013 / VHS with sound / 9 minutes

Matt Whitman / Labyrinth / 2013 / Super8mm film transferred to HD video with sound / 7 minutes

Matt Whitman / Labyrinth / 2013 / Super8mm film transferred to HD video with sound / 7 minutes

Matt Whitman / Labyrinth / 2013 / Super8mm film transferred to HD video with sound / 7 minutes

Matt Whitman / WTC / 2013 / Super8mm film transferred to HD video / 20 minutes