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151_Kent Lambert - IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Kent Lambert is a Chicago-based musician and media artist. His creative output primarily consists of 1) vocal driven art-pop music and 2) pop-inflected video art made from repurposed industrial and commercial media. His ever-mutating band Roommate has been performing and stateside and abroad since the early 2000s. Their fourth album MAKE LIKE was released in 2015.

Lambert on his work: 

In my music and video work, I search for intersections between 1) meditative interrogation of society and self 2) textural and tonal intrigue and beauty 3) absurdist and/or humanist humor and 4) cathartic emotional expression. A primary underlying motivation of my video work is to reflect, critique and ultimately transcend American zeitgeists and my own consumption within them. 

The screening will feature selections from the Video Data Bank's Videoworks Vol. 1 compilation, a music video or two, and the first two installments of an ongoing mixed-reality series, RECKONING 3 (2013) and RECKONING 4 (2016). 

More on Lambert's videos:

“Sitting somewhere between these two styles [Animal Charm and Bryan Boyce] but inflected with the serialism of Steve Reich, Kent Lambert's videos are elaborate mood pieces evoking moments of strange joy or dread… In contrast to the limited-edition model of gallery video art, Lambert early on aligned himself with an anti-copyright ethos, ending his videos with a note that his works were in the public domain, and setting up a website to exhibit them freely. In this sense, he overlaps with a younger generation of artists who emerged as Internet natives, engaged with sharing video as a social activity.” –Ed Halter, “Recycle It,” Moving Image Source, July 2008

“Graced with a keen sense of editorial timing, Lambert uses his subject's own words to twist their egos into knots without going straight for the cheap laugh. But beyond humor, Lambert can turn his source material into sonic landscapes with a beat—à la EBN—and juxtapose images to unlock the cultural bias contained within.” –Jason Halprin, CINE-FILE, August 2009

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