Brooklyn based video and performance artists return to North Carolina to screen their work
A New York-based video collaborative group with North Carolina roots will return home to share their work with the community during the weekend of April 8th to the 11th at various venues in Raleigh and Greensboro.
John Peery, Candace Thompson and Delaney Britt Brewer, three multidisciplinary artists who work together under the name “Other People”, will be working with Enloe high school students to create a performance installation at Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange on April 8th from 7-9pm. On April 9th they will screen their ongoing video series, also called “Other People”, at Moving Islands from 7-9pm. On Monday April 11th they will speak with students at their alma mater, UNCG, and then screen their video work again that evening at Triad Stage in Greensboro from 7-9pm.
Exploring issues of place and its bearing on personality, the spine of the trio’s work is a 6 part video series, currently in process, which they show at film venues and galleries as well as through their own website, www.otherpeeps.com. Simply put, the story centers around three obnoxious roommates who must coexist in a haunted loft building where anything can happen: a vortex develops in the bottom of the shower, a giant worm takes over the kitchen, and a moldy deli sandwich comes alive and runs amok…to name only a few. Psychedelic and purposefully lo-fi, the trio writes, shoots and edits the entire piece themselves on a shoestring budget with a consumer grade camera and props deftly made from trash. Sometimes described as “Peewee’s playhouse on acid”, the piece draws on inspirations as varied as BBC’s “The Young Ones” to Ryan Trecartin’s “A Family Finds Entertainment” to the films of David Lynch.
Last spring, Other People was awarded a grant from the Experimental Television Center, which is funded by the New York State Council for the Arts. This spring they gained non-profit status when they were granted fiscal sponsorship through the New York Foundation for the Arts. Now the trio is looking to spread their wings and travel their unique brand of art making outside of Brooklyn.
“At this point in our process we’re looking to start reflecting place and context within other locations”, says Candace Thompson, director of Other People. “We didn’t want this to be just one thing or one story. That’s why we’ve done more than make a video series—we’ve made comic books and music videos and installations and performances. In the same way we now want to push ourselves to try and use the same tone and aesthetic in telling stories about other places.”
This fall they will undertake a cross-country “punk circus road trip”, traveling from NYC to LA and screening and shooting a part of their narrative as they go. Next year they hope to secure a residency abroad in order to finish the final two installments.
Other People will screen at two different venues: Moving Island in Raleigh on April 9th from 7-9pm and Greensboro’s Triad Stage on April 11th from 7-9pm. Both events are free and recommended for audiences 18 and over.
Other People is a bizarre, surreal narrative video series produced by Thompson, Peery and Brewer, but their work also extends into music, new media, illustration, live performance and installation.