SEASON I

Program 01 15.10.05
Program 02 22.10.05
Program 03 29.10.05
Program 04 05.11.05
Program 05 12.11.05
Program 06 19.11.05
Program 07 26.11.05
Program 08 03.12.05
Program 09 10.12.05
Program 10 17.12.05
Program 11 25.12.05
Program 12 07.01.06
Program 13 14.01.06
Program 14 21.01.06
Program 15 28.01.06
Program 16 04.02.06
Program 17 11.02.06
Program 18 18.02.06
Program 19 25.02.06
Program 20 04.03.06
Program 21 11.03.06
Program 22 18.03.06
Program 23 25.03.06
Program 24 01.04.06
Program 25
08.04.06
Program 26 15.04.06
Program 27 22.04.06
Program 28 29.04.06


SEASON II

Program 01 14.10.06
Program 02 21.10.06
Program 03 28.11.06
Program 04 04.11.06
Program 05 11.11.06
Program 06 18.11.06
Program 07 25.11.06
Program 08 02.12.06
Program 09 09.12.06
Program 10 16.12.06
Program 11 23.12.06
Program 12 30.12.06
Program 13 06.01.07
Program 14 13.01.07
Program 15 20.01.07
Program 16 27.01.07
Program 17 03.02.07
Program 18 10.02.07
Program 19 17.02.07
Program 20 24.02.07
Program 21 03.03.07
Program 22 10.03.07
Program 23 17.03.07
Program 24 24.03.07
Program 25 31.03.07
Program 26 07.04.07
Program 27 14.04.07
Program 28 21.04.07
Program 29 28.04.07

William Tell
2006, 3:40min. (video, color, sound)

Arrow Game
2006, 6:35 min. (video, color, sound)

Follow
2006, 2:03min. (video, color, sound)

Levitation Exercise
2006, 2:40min. (video, color, sound)

Jump
2006, 00:35 sec. (video animation, color, sound)

Joshua Tree Launch Series
2006, 3:01min. (video, color, sound)

Monument Valley Flight Attempt
2006, 2:41min. (video, color, sound)

 

 

 

Program 14 January 13, 2007

 

new videoworks by William Lamson

William Lamson
William Tell
2006, 3:40min. (video, color, sound)

“He was so positive they were giants that he neither heard the cries of Sancho, nor perceived what they were, but made at them shouting, "Fly not, cowards and vile beings, for a single knight attacks you."
                                               
                                           Don Quijote, Miguel de Cervantes.

The male obsession with glory, honor and personal heroics has inspired as many actual heroes as it has misguided adventurers. William Tell is very much a part of the latter tradition. The video documents a one-man re-creation of the fabled archer’s feat.  In it, an armor-clad protagonist emerges from the pastoral landscape to attempt the seemingly heroic act of shooting a can off of hisown head by firing a BB gun at a polished piece of marble. Much like Don Quijote’s epic charge at a windmill that he believes to be a giant, the protagonist is attempting a challenge that a spectator would perceive as both inconsequential and potentially self destructive, since he is essentially shooting at himself.  However, unlike Quijote, and unlike Tell, the protagonist is aware of this danger and protects himself from the ricocheting BBs with a suit of armor.  The armor and the gun, which can be seen as past and present representations of masculine power, actually undermine his image as a heroic man by revealing his vulnerability.  This is especially true in the case of the armor since its purpose is to protect him from his own inaccuracy.  Furthermore, its metal construction provides far greater protection than is necessary to stop BBs, severely limiting his mobility and thus making the act of balancing the can on his head, and picking it up when it falls off, almost as much of a struggle as hitting it. While the armor is clearly overprotection, the gun is just the opposite. It appears to be a 9mm handgun, but it actually shoots BBs, associating the performance as much with an adolescent shooting at cans as with a would-be knight involved in a heroic historical re-creation.

At the end of the video, having been foiled several times by a light breeze that easily blows the can off of his head, the protagonist finally hits his target and celebrates his victory.  Arms in the air, he stumbles backwards, and finally comes to rests against the backdrop of his set.  The motionless figure sits by himself in the empty landscape, the only witness to his small triumph.

- William Lamson

Arrow Game
2006, 6:35 min. (video, color, sound)

Follow
2006, 2:03min. (video, color, sound)

The pursuit of flight, no matter how flawed or hopeless the attempt, places the amateur in the heroic position of trying to transcend his place on earth. This project investigates the flight endeavor as it represents both the physical desire to escape earth and the metaphysical hope to connect with the divine.

Levitation Exercise
2006, 2:40min. (video, color, sound)

Jump
2006, 00:35 sec. (video animation, color, sound)

Joshua Tree Launch Series
2006, 3:01min. (video, color, sound)

Monument Valley Flight Attempt
2006, 2:41min. (video, color, sound)