Monday July 1, 7pm
Nowhere Else I’d Rather Be
Videos by Julie Perini
admission $6 – artist in person
approximately 40 minutes

Still from Minute Movie (12.08.11) Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (Julie Perini, 2011)

It’s summer and people are on the move. This week Oregon-based filmmaker Julie Perini joins us to present a program of video works completed between 2007 and 2013. Perini’s work often explores the areas between fact and fiction, staged and improvised, political and personal. Blending techniques from performance and filmmaking, Perini searches for moments of heightened awareness and new understandings of herself as a subject experiencing multiple identities at any given time.

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Julie Perini is an artist working in experimental and documentary video, film, and installation. Her work has exhibited at a variety of national and international venues including Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, and Centre Pompidou in Metz, France.  She holds an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and a BS from Cornell University. Perini is an Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.



They have a name for girls like me.
Video, 2007—ongoing, 7:37 min

They have a name for girls like me. is an experimental video using appropriated material from films with characters named Julie.  Fictitious filmic Julies abound: wanton women, slutty teens, rebellious housewives, and more. Periodically, I cut and add another Julie film, removing all of the footage except for the moments when a character utters the word, “Julie.”  This creates an exhausting repetition of the one word, Julie, while also offering viewers a frenzied cross-section of global fiction narrative film.

Minute Movies
Video, 2011 – ongoing

Since April 1, 2011, I have been shooting at least one single-take, one-minute video each day.  I use a small video camera that fits in the palm of my hand.  I look forward to these moments, which are usually a meditative way to feel 60 seconds pass.  Selections include: Minute Movie (09.12.12) Portland, Oregon; Minute Movie (10.30.12), Joshua Tree, California; Minute Movie (07.01.12), Guanajuato, Mexico; Minute Movie (12.08.11), Columbia River Gorge, Oregon; Minute Movie (04.14.11), Albuquerque, NM.

Julie Time
Video, 2012, 1:00 min

Julie Time is a fast-paced overview of 120 different Minute Movies.

306 Steps in Guanajuato
Video, 2012, 1:41 min

306 Steps in Guanajuatoshows all of the steps between downtown Guanajuato, Mexico and El Pipila, an enormous monument to a hero from the Mexican War for Independence, located at the top of one of the mountains onto which the city is built.

White Lady Diaries
Video, 2013, 5:00 min

White Lady Diaries brings together my research into racial identity with my daily practice of making Minute Movie about my own life.

The Four Magic Phrases
Video, 2010, 2:29 min

In collaboration with members of Rose City Copwatch, I created this training video called The Four Magic Phrases.  Rose City Copwatch in Portland, Oregon is an organization that observes and documents police activity in order to prevent police misconduct and police brutality.  Rose City Copwatch has developed a set of four “magic phrases” for people to learn so that they are better equipped to interact with police officers and other representatives of the state.  The Four Magic Phrases shows fourteen people all shouting or stating the four magic phrases to the camera.
The four magic phrases are: (1) Am I free to go? (2) I do not consent to a search. (3) I don’t want to answer any questions. I want to talk to a lawyer. (4) And when you are copwatching: I am here to observe.  I do not intend to interfere.

Safe & Sound?
Video/16mm film transfer to video, 2013, 10:00 min (excerpt)
collaboration with Jodi Darby & Erin Yanke

Safe & Sound? is a collection of short video documentaries about police violence and resistance to police violence in Portland, Oregon.  Safe & Sound? has exhibited as a single-channel video installation and it exists as an online archive and resource.

Collaboration with a Stream
16mm film transfer to video, 2011, 1:28 min

This film is the result of a collaboration between myself and a stream in Woodstock, NY.  I scratched a line into black film leader and left it in a stream for a week.  The dirt, rocks, and water in the stream created the flecks of white that you see, and the soundtrack.

Collaboration with the Earth
16mm film transfer to video, 2011, 1:12 min

Still from 306 Steps in Guanajuato (Julie Perini, 2013)

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