We help each other out.
eggplants weren’t made for your pleasure.
but yezzir, that parmigiana is a treasure
I be on measures,
fly beyond measure
i’m beyond measure
a fly be on scales and get tared out
room aired out. so i see it don’t count against
my peon’s leisure
on purchasing pigments to make your own paint
lady killer rippin it
Fore artist spotlight
b. 1982, Tuscon, AZ
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Nicole Miller creates multi-channel video installations that reflect the fragmentation and multiplicity of personal history. In the two-channel video Daggering (2012), Miller juxtaposes footage of the Caribbean dancehall trend “daggering,” in which dancers simulate sexual interactions, with footage of the artist performing ballet exercises—the artist’s first appearance in her own videos. The daggering footage was filmed in a nightclub in Brooklyn. Her camera lingering on male and female dancers’ agile bodies, Miller reveals the shifts of control and agency as they pair off or perform solo.
The spontaneity and uninhibited movement of daggering contrasts with the rigidity and formality of ballet, and the narration that links both channels. The speaker, in a proper and restrained voice, relays coming-of-age tales of desire and humiliation, mixing fiction with autobiographical details drawn from Miller’s experiences. As the two forms of dance are brought together visually, the speaker’s voice adds a new narrative of identity and emergent womanhood, troubling the imagery juxtaposed onscreen.
Like previous video works The Conductor (2009) and Untitled (David and Darby) (2012), Daggering uses the moving image to re-imagine and reconstruct interpretations of self.
—Abbe Schriber, Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem
images: Daggering (video stills) (2012). 2 channel video with sound
TRT 34:00. All courtesy the artist
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video frames from home movies. - lux williams -