VIDEO PROJECTS: DOCUMENTARY

VIDEO PROJECTS / DOCUMENTARY

Each video trailer located in AT THE BOTTOM OF this section are from my most recent (and internationally ongoing) project "Berliner Voices: My Corner" - these documentary shorts were created as a video portrait of each person then fused into a six hour looped documentary film. The screening and exhibition included15 person video portraits doucmenting lives, thoughts and opinions of native Berliners. Currently (as of January 2017) this project is taking a global turn with a new title MY VOICE: MY CORNER. Expanding beyond Berlin to neighborhoods around the world. More news to come.

The Story:

This project was inspired by my experience of growing up in Queens New York in an area of extreme diversity as well as by living abroad currently in Berlin, Germany. Over the past four years in Berlin I have become close friends with a group of people I met in my neighborhood in South Berlin, bmx bikers, distance riders, skaters, graffiti artists and generally guys, girls, men and women who grew up in Berlin and are from there. After many evenings and conversations, I found that most of them felt a strong sense of community within their sport, or via their interests (This seems true in every community globally). I began to ask them what they thought about their neighborhood and about what is happening in Germany these days they had a lot to say. After speaking with them it dawned on me that most people, young and older people (including myself), specifically from large urban areas all over the world have a strong sense of community but feel more and more disconnected to their city either by choice or by circumstance. Mostly because no one is interested in what they have to say or that their thoughts are not important, they are powerless as to what is happening around them and either do not care about it anymore or feel they can’t change this. It seems that most feel disconnected from what is happening where they live. Or (depending on where you are from and your current situation) people are afraid to speak out, they are afraid to say what they think for fear of persecution. This gave me an idea. I thought there is something interesting in what is happening here, that this feeling seems to be global or universal so I wanted to explore it further and to get to know what people think and then share it. At the start of this idea I put the first video trailer online and hundreds of people specifically in Taiwan and Asia were looking at it, why? Because they are interested in what you think, and have to say. In addition to sharing voices and thoughts, I am also concerned with giving people an opportunity to say what they are thinking freely without judgement.

The Project:

Sharing these personal interviews celebrates personal history, heritage, and the individuals journey, it allows others to see how we live, where we live and what you may think as an individual in a world where big media seems to put everyone into categories, sterilizing us and removing our humanity. What do we have in common? How are we different? How do we communicate with each other? Who are we and how do we define ourselves? The idea is to try and capture the true spirit of community while empowering the individual. In addition, these interviews ensure that your voice that of the individual will be preserved and remembered.

This project was inspired also in part by the Storycorps project where they focus upon one personal story from one individual. Following their project they found that those involved and those that listened to their stories had: • Increased understanding of new immigrants (95%) • Increased understanding of those that were from different ethnic backgrounds than themselves. (94%)• Reminded listeners of their shared humanity (81%)• Helped them see the value in everyone’s life story and experience (80%)• Humanized social issues, events, and policies (80%) • Led listeners to think of people different from themselves as an important part of society (78%)• Became interested in thinking about how society could be improved (71%)• Made them feel more positive about society (70%)

Press Release (English)

“Someday find my son…tell him about how things can be between men on this Earth” - Luz Long, A Letter to Jesse Owens from

https://youtu.be/3rHmJ3lzdxM, Trailer

https://youtu.be/JWKsE9jEbc8, Trailer 2 “What is art for you?”

http://www.lynnemargaretbrown.com/videofilm

15 monitors and 1 big projector. Inspired by personal experience and local community interaction this video-based art project places a lens upon the lives and voices of Berliners surrounding meine ecke – my corner. Rather than focusing upon the more common topic, the division of east to west, this project spotlights the communities where I have spent the majority of my time living in Berlin from the north to the south.

As the foundation for an ongoing and international endeavor, this first set of video portraits presents a local and individual response to corporate or big media. Through big medias use of imagery, the individual and their opinion is typically removed from the story, defining our views on groups by focusing on differences, and reaffirming fear and anxiety of the Other, shaping our opinions on people and culture. North to South, Berliner Voices: My Corner is a project that tries to tell the story of who we are as individual people.

Through a series of inquiries loosely based on a collaboration between the Proust Questionnaire and those asked by the StoryCorps project this artistic response is a visual and auditory exploration of individuals, in this case Berliner natives through their own voice, personal experiences, thoughts and opinions. What do we have in common? How are we different? What is my reality? What are my thoughts, stories, opinions?

Every morning brings us news of the globe, and yet we are poor in noteworthy stories. This is because no event comes to us without being already shot through with explanation. In other words, by now almost nothing that happens benefits storytelling; almost everything benefits information. Actually, it is half the art of storytelling to keep a story free from explanation as one reproduces it…The most extraordinary things, marvelous things, are related with the greatest accuracy, but the psychological connection of the event is not forced on the reader. It is left up to him to interpret things the way he understands them, and thus the narrative achieves an amplitude that information lacks. - Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections.

Project/Artist Statement

Born and raised in Flushing, Queens, New York City has been my main inspiration for each artistic project. New York and specifically Queens exemplifies the idea of the multicultural and multi-dimensional metropolis. Life experience has given me a sense of internal Diaspora. In other words, I am not directly rooted to one space but rather rooted to the consistent chaos and change of contemporary ideas and culture blending with history. For me, for my life as an artist, the constant influx of changing immigrant and international culture, the visual as life and as lived experience, has been a crucial learning experience. As a young American living under the influence of media and technology as the center of ‘culture’, I believe that we are now living in a society defined by what Jean Baudrillard called ‘hyperreality’ or ‘simulacra’1. In a time when visual culture and images are so influential and readily accessed, it is essential to explore and understand how they work as symbolic production. Through artistic projects I analyze the human response to our ‘reality’ from the perspective of nationality, age, race and class. This I do from the viewpoint of the individual rather than the masses.

1 In semiotics and postmodernism, hyperreality is an inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced postmodern societies. Hyperreality is seen as a   condition in which what is real and what is fiction are seamlessly blended together so that there is no clear distinction between where one ends and the other begins

Artist Bio

Lynne currently lives between Berlin, Germany and New York City. She is a doctoral student in the Philosophy of Aesthetics and Art Theory at IDSVA. Previous to this Lynne received a Masters Degree in Studio Art from New York University, a Masters Degree in Art and Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has held positions as a fine artist, art educator as well as administrator and community worker. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York, NY, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany and L’Isle D’Abeau France.

More information: www.lynnemargaretbrown.com.

Press Release (Deutsch):

Youtube Anhänger: https://youtu.be/3rHmJ3lzdxM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWKsE9jEbc8, http://www.lynnemargaretbrown.com/videofilm

15 Monitore und ein großer Projektor. Inspiriert durch persönliche Erfahrungen und Gemeinschaftserlebnisse richtet dieses videobasierte Projekt die Linse auf das Leben und die Stimmen von Berlinern in der Umgebung “Meine Ecke“ - my corner. Dabei liegt der Fokus nicht nur auf dem üblichen Thema (die Teilung in West und Ost), sondern auf den Menschen, mit denen ich den größten Teil meiner Zeit in Berlin verbracht habe – und zwar von Norden bis Süden.

Als Grundlage eines fortlaufenden, internationalen Bemühens repräsentieren diese ersten Videoporträts eine lokale und individuelle Antwort auf Corporate- und Big Media. Durch den Einsatz von Bildern großer Medien wird die Meinung der einzelnen Individuen verändert, die Meinung und die Wahrnehmung fremder Kulturen und fremder Menschen fokussiert sich auf Unterschiede und nicht auf Gemeinsamkeiten. Dadurch entstehen Angst und Unsicherheit im Umgang mit anderen und Vorurteile werden gebildet. Norden Nach Süden, Berliner Stimmen: Meine Ecke ist ein Projekt, das versucht, die Geschichten der einzelnen Persönlichkeiten zu erzählen – und wer wir als Person wirklich sind. Durch eine Reihe von Untersuchungen, die auf dem Proust-Fragebogen und den Fragen des StoryCorps Projekts basieren, ist dieses Kunstprojekt eine Suche nach der Antwort auf die Frage: Wer bin ich? Was haben wir gemeinsam? Worin unterscheiden wir uns? Was sind meine Gedanken, meine Geschichten, was ist meine Meinung? Durch persönliche Erfahrungen von Berlinern wird diesem Projekt Leben eingehaucht.

Every morning brings us news of the globe, and yet we are poor in noteworthy stories. This is because no event comes to us without being already shot through with explanation. In other words, by now almost nothing that happens benefits storytelling; almost everything benefits information. Actually, it is half the art of storytelling to keep a story free from explanation as one reproduces it...The most extraordinary things, marvelous things, are related with the greatest accuracy, but the psychological connection of the event is not forced on the reader. It is left up to him to interpret things the way he understands them, and thus the narrative achieves an amplitude that information lacks. von Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays und Reflexionen (1969)

Projekt/ Statement der Künstlerin

Geboren und aufgewachsen in Flushing, Queens, ist New York City meine Hauptinspiration für jedes meiner künstlerischen Projekte. New York und besonders Queens sind ein Beispiel für eine multikulturelle und über-dimensionale Metropole. Meine Lebenserfahrung hat mir ein Gefühl der inneren Diaspora gegeben. Mit anderen Worten, ich bin nicht direkt an einem Ort verwurzelt, sondern habe meine Wurzeln im Chaos und in den Veränderungen von modernen Ideen und Kultur, die mit der Geschichte verschmolzen sind. Für mich und mein Leben als Künstlerin war der ständige Einfluss neuer Kulturen und ethnischer Gruppen ein wichtiger Lernprozess und eine große Erfahrung, die in meinem Leben nicht fehlen darf.

Als junge Amerikanerin unter dem Einfluss von Medien und Technologie als Zentrum der "Kultur" glaube ich, dass wir jetzt in einer Gesellschaft leben, die definiert ist durch das, was Jean Baudrillard "Hyperrealität" oder "simulacra' nannte. In einer Zeit, in der visuelle Kultur und Bilder so einflussreich und leicht zugänglich sind, ist es wichtig, zu erforschen und zu verstehen, wie sie als symbolische Produktion arbeiten. Durch künstlerische Projekte analysiere ich die menschliche Antwort auf unsere "Realität" aus der Perspektive von Nationalität, Alter, Rasse und Klasse. Das tue ich eher aus der Sicht des Einzelnen und nicht aus der Sicht der Massen.

Künstler Bio:

Lynne pendelt zwischen Berlin, Deutschland und New York City. Sie macht gerade ihren Doktortitel für Philosophie der Ästhetik und Kunsttheorie an der IDSVA. Lynne hat schon einen Master in Studio Art von der New York University erworben, einen Master-Abschluss in Kunst und Kunsterziehung vom Teachers College der Columbia University und einen Bachelor in Fine Arts an der Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Sie hat einen Status als bildende Künstlerin, Kunsterzieherin sowie Administratorin und Sozialarbeiterin. Außerdem hatte sie schon diverse Ausstellungen ihrer Werke in New York, NY, Venedig, Italien, Berlin, Deutschland und L'Isle D'Abeau, Frankreich . Mehr information: www.lynnemargaretbrown.com.