A Mixtape For Stom

Goycoolea, Adrian A Mixtape For Stom. [Video]

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A Mixtape for Stom explores the life and work of the New York based Japanese experimental filmmaker, Stom Sogo who died on July 1, 2012 of a drug overdose. An influential figure in the NY Super-8mm experimental filmmaking scene in NY during the 1990s and a close personal friend of the filmmaker, Sogo’s work can best be categorized as psychedelic, autobiographic and diaristic formalism in the tradition of Jonas Mekas and Scott Bartlett (among others) and influenced heavily by the philosophies of avant-garde composer, John Cage. His short-lived but promising career saw his work included in the seminal Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films at The Museum of Modern Art in NY in 1999 when Sogo was just 24 years old. His work was also shown at such other prestigious venues as Anthology Film Archives, The Artist’s Space gallery, The Whitney Biennial, The New York Film Festival’s: Views from the Avant-Garde and The Rotterdam Film Festival. His tragic death at the age of thirty-seven years old had a profound effect on his peers in the NY experimental film scene of the 1990s.

The film seeks to innovate the ‘artist film’ documentary genre by mixing together (or re-mixing) Stom’s film work with the memories and recollections of the people who knew him best. This remixing will entail matching the various formal styles of Stom’s films during each defining period of his life such that the contemporary interview footage will blend seamlessly with these examples of Sogo’s artistic output. The film will foreground Goycoolea’s personal connection to Sogo through intimate voice-over that will present a non-linear and self-aware narration this life-history. Rather than making claims to insider knowledge, the filmmaker will seek to highlight areas of uncertainty about his friend’s life. This re-mixing will also involve the eschewing of biographical chronology and will seek to trouble the notion of life-history’s truth claims.

Item Type: Video
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art > N6447 19th and 20th centuries
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0798 Arts centres and facilities
Depositing User: Adrian Goycoolea
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2020 12:32
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 12:32
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76208
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