trying to learn the words to Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer?"
and now you can, too.
Winner of a Juror Award from Big Orbit Gallery Members’ Show, Summer 2005
This video documents an intimate performance by Julie Perini wherein she attempts to learn the lyrics to a popular American 80s tune with a 60s girl group sound, Johnny, Are You Queer? by Josie Cotton. Viewers are privy to an unusual sense of immediacy – conception and realization of the work seem to occur simultaneously. Objects in the surrounding domestic environment function as both the mise-en-scene and the tripod on which the camera rests. Viewers witness this slight amount of staging as Julie builds a tripod from books available in the environment and positions herself in relation to the camera. The lyrics are included in the finished video as text in the lower portion of the screen. This piece has been shown as an endless loop on a monitor and screened as a single channel projection.
Let's watch this guy at a coffee shop.
This video captured a serendipitous moment that took place in Spot Coffee Shop in Buffalo, NY. Viewers witness an intimate exchange that occurred between Julie Perini and a stranger at another table.
Watch me break it down.
Julie Perini proves that any space can become a temporary disco in this series of solitary improvised dances in public locations. This short, fast video gives viewers an intimate, ground level view of the performances.
JULIE PERINI (USA)
Julie Perini is an artist who makes experimental videos, installations, performances and events. She works with strangers, friends and other artists, as well as alone. She uses what is available in her everyday life, particularly time, space, people, gestures, gifts, words, ideas, an assortment of tasks and various machines. Perini received an M.F.A. from the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo in 2006 and a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University in 2000.