Film Shorts: Knitting as Performance

Walkie Talkie Man and The Making of Walkie Talkie Man

Michel Gondry is a highly acclaimed music video director and filmmaker. For Walkie Talkie Man and The Making of Walkie Talkie Man (2004), Gondry placed the band Steriogram in an imaginary woolen world and forced them to face a monster made from knitting needles and wool. This character, a parody of classic ogres like King Kong and Godzilla, goes on a rampage. Everything in these two shorts is knit: from the band’s instruments, to their recording studio, and even the video camera that Gondry uses in his cameo role. Sound waves, tape reels, film rolls, and other little details are all represented by wool and yarn. (Michael Gondry, 2004, 8 minutes.)

Video III

Forcefield, an artist collective from Providence, Rhode Island, forged an interdisciplinary practice including music, performance, installation, textiles, printmaking, and video. Oscillating between humor and menace, their willfully crude videos employ vintage analogue signal-processors and defunct electronics and show the anonymous artists shrouded in knit outfits. Video III is a selection from the Forcefield Video Collection, which features the group's earliest videos. These loosely wrought narrative vignettes combine Forcefield's shrouded figures, handmade props, and a range of evocative backdrops, brought together by hyperkinetic editing, video effects, and vivid electronic soundtracks. (Forcefield, 2000, 10 minutes.)

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores the textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.