This Is My Body, Which is For You
This Is My Body, Which is For You
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This Is My Body, Which is For You

After the cake was revealed, I asked for help to place and light the candles. We then sang a song before collectively blowing them out. As one person pointed out, there was a significant exchange of bodily fluids in this process. I cut the cake and asked each person which piece they would like. The final image is what they chose not to eat.

Cake, frosting, edible image, trick candles
10" x 14"
2018

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Approximating the Noise Floor

In the center of an otherwise dark room is an all white overhead projector on a black A.V. cart. An unknown number of blank transparencies sit on its glass surface, stacked until they hit the lens. Due to the noise floor of the medium of transparencies, they consume and contain the available light. By the time the stack hits the top, the lens is blocked and prevented from projecting forward. The floor becomes the ceiling. The mirror, which usually bounces the image outward, now only gazes back at the viewer blankly. Contact microphones, which are moved and manipulated during the performance, are attached to different parts of the body of the projector with sticky tack, which acts as both an adhesive and a conduit. The sound is sent through a looping pedal and mixer, which splits the signals between multiple speakers around the exterior of the space, pointing inward, back towards the center and source. The sound is all consuming in its volume and describes the space as it fills it. The system is self-contained and all encompassing. There is no escape.

In sonic terms, the noise floor is the unwanted sound produced by the medium itself and the accumulation of devices used for recording. It’s the hiss of a cassette, or a record, a microphone, a set of television speakers, and even the hum of the room you’re recording in. It’s what masks any sounds that fall below it, and something you must rise above for your signal to register. This piece is a physical and sonic manifestation of that phenomenon, expanded into 4 dimensions.

After the performance, someone asked me if I think of this as a kind of photograph, and the short answer is yes. It’s an accumulation and manipulation of light, time, space, information, film, noise, etc. A translation of 4th dimensional information into 2 dimensions and back out. It is also the 3rd of 3 pieces I made in response to mass shootings and their imagery.

This video is an excerpt of a performance, but also documentation of the piece in its other form–as an autonomous installation sans performer.

Overhead projector, A.V. cart, blank transparencies, sticky tack, contact microphones, looping pedal, mixer, speakers.
2018

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Boys Like Me (Colorado, USA)

A short excerpt of an infinite loop. This video is one of three pieces that I made shortly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year. Like many others did, as information about the shooter began to come out, I dug into our past to reflect on how we are here again–only to realize that the shooter in Parkland was 19 years old, and the Columbine High School shooting occurred 19 years ago (its anniversary following just a few months after this event). This numerical relationship is both coincidental and eerily reinforces what we already know, that many young people today know only a world in which school shootings are normal. It attests to a state of perpetual violence, a loop, and an inescapable legacy that we are still living in the shadows of. The images in this video are of the two shooters from Columbine. They are prints of their Columbine school photos, which were the images most commonly circulated of them by the media.

The Columbine shooting was not the first mass shooting in this country by any means, but it was the first to receive major media attention, and the first to be burned into our collective memory–never to be erased–in part because it would be the first of many like it. I myself was a high school student at the time, experiencing the event with my own kind of proximity to the shooting and the shooters. A white, angry, teenage male, living and going to school in the suburbs. And now a generation later, watching the same story unfold again and again.

HD Video
2018

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Untitled (With Mom)

This piece picks up with the remains of a piece called “Full Rise, Stay New” and is part of a duo including Untitled (With Sofia).

HD Video
2017

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Unfurling Toxicity in a Degenerating Mind

The image used for this flag is a digital composite from a microscope of a slice of person’s brain with a degenerative brain disease, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This image was supplied courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Bio-samples and Brain Bank.

Digitally printed polyester, flag, flagpole
3' x 5'
2017

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Untitled (With Sofia)

This piece picks up with the remains of a piece called “The Greatest Adventure“, and is part of a duo, including Untitled (With Mom).

HD Video
TRT: 4:01
2017

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

I Was One of Them

This video was exhibited in conjunction with a photo diptych, printed text, and a flag, with the audio of this video playing on speakers in the space, removed from the video source.

HD video, audio, document holder, stapled texts
2018

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

To Touch the Face of God

Normalization of Deviance

Normalization of Deviance is the title for a collection of work that includes this photo diptych, a video piece, audio, printed text, and a flag. Click here to view the other pieces.

Normalization of Deviance, To Touch the Face of God (00:73) – [right]
A 73 second exposure of a tv screen playing the broadcasted flight of challenger.

Accidents Happen, Punky (24:21) – [left]
A 24 minute 21 second exposure of a tv screen playing an episode of the children’s show, Punky Brewster, made in the same year as the Challenger explosion. An episode in which the child actors of the show re-enacted the phenomenon of children around the country watching the challenger explosion happen in real time on a tv in their classrooms.

Archival Inkjet Prints
40" x 60" each
2018

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

Accumulated Body

A collection of videos from my father’s childhood, growing up in Texas, narrated by my father. This footage is combined with documentary footage of the destruction of personal documents from birth to my 25th birthday, for the purpose of turning the recycled paper into a life sized self-portrait for burning.

SD video, VHS, paper documents, chicken wire
TRT: 13:57
2009

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018

A Field Guide for the Modern Uncircumcised Male

Part social awareness film, part sex education, part experimental documentary. “A Field Guide for the Modern Uncircumcised Male” addresses issues of male communication in modern society, and the gaps in knowledge that are created due to the lack of this communication.

HD Video
TRT: 10:59
2009

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Ⓒ E. Aaron Ross 2018