Other Uses 05
The fifth screening in the Other Uses film series features the work of Ulysses Jenkins, whose videos examine television’s power to shape current events and historical episodes.
Ulysses Jenkins is an artist who has given particular consideration to the portrayal of Black men in America. This installment features documentary and performance videos Jenkins made from the 1970s to the present, beginning with the artist’s filming of the Watts Festival. Alternating between clarity and obscurity, the forms and content of television are redeployed to challenge the perceived neutrality of the televisual record.
- Secrecy: Help Me to Understand (1994)
Video, color, sound. 5:20 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and EAI, New York.
- Part II of Remnants of the Watts Festival (1972-73, compiled 1980)
Video, b&w, sound. 25:50 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and EAI, New York.
- Mass of Images (1979)
Video, b&w, sound. 4:16 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
- Inconsequential Doggereal (1981)
Video, color, sound. 15:19 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
- Vulnerable (2000)
Video, color, sound. 5:04 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
- Planet X (2006)
Video, color, sound. 28:01 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
- Approximate runtime: 83 minutes
Ulysses Jenkins is a video/performance artist whose work has been shown in a number or national and international venues, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Hammer Museum, and the Getty Museum. He was the recipient of the California Arts Council's Multicultural Entry Grant as artistic director of Othervisions Studio, an interdisciplinary media arts production group. He is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' individual artist fellowship and was awarded the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame first place award in the experimental video category in 1990 and 1992. He is currently Professor of Art at University of California, Irvine.
In association with Institute of Contemporary Art / University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Electronic Arts Intermix / EAI, New York.