i won an award! + another screening this weekend (busy busy busy!)
The video I screened at the Onion City Film Fest won one of the Jury’s Choice Awards!! I’m so excited about this! It feels really incredible to have something I’ve made validated by colleagues I respect and some I don’t know yet (so I respect them by default). I feel very honored! Of the piece they said, “Musielak exploits the direct sentimentality of a 1980’s U2 mega-balad, showing its second life as a banal karaoke dead-stock text. Instead of playing it cool and ironic, Musieak evacuates this lyric cliche, replacing the space carved out with a kaleidoscope of self-portraits that point to an arrival that never comes, nor ever will be." Which is a really succinct and beautiful way of describing the video. I’ve submitted it to a few more festivals so hopefully there will be more opportunities to see it in person before I make it public on the internet.
My video Super Glitch Sitcom Soaker will be screening live again for the closing party of Jumbo Mumbo, again at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. I think the piece fit really well with the overall theme of the show and the collective aesthetic and Drew’s idea to put it on a stage, on a small projection screen gave me plenty of ideas for new ways to exhibit the videos I made. Come see it live!
Between these screenings, I’ve been painting and nesting. Tom, Radio, Violetta and I moved into a new apartment that is three to four times larger than our last apartment (and only 1/3 more than our last place which was incredibly cheap…) We were happy with the almost-free rent but stepping all over eachother was getting to be a bit annoying. We’ve lived together for four years now (which in itself is a big deal!) in this teeny tiny place. We had an “amount I’d pay more for laundry in the building” and this apartment not only is about that amount, but it has IN-UNIT laundry. Plus tons of other amenities: two large closets, lots of room for storage for our camping gear and my fabrics and Tom’s records, a gas fireplace, a bathroom with a BATHTUB (and we can both be in the bathroom at the same time - our last apartment had the smallest bathroom you’ve ever seen and no bathtub), a 1/2 bathroom, a huge kitchen, and I get my own office!! We have a garage space now, too. Plus, the floors are natural stone and the tile in my office and in the kitchen is, get this, REAL MARBLE. We intend to be there for a number of years and so I don’t mind investing a bit of money into beautifying the space which means buffing the marble floors (I’m pretty certain my landlord wouldn’t spring for that) and painting! I was able to finagle some Sherwin William’s contractor’s paint - they have much richer pigments and amazing colors than you can find at Home Depot. I get pretty anxious if my space isn’t up to my standards - clean, colorful, maximal yet organized. And despite my love of bright and vibrant colors for clothes, I like nice warm muted shades for my home. I love our new place and we plan to be here for at least four or five years.