Conant prompted Yasmeen Sudairy to improvise in Arabic about color in the role of a news anchor. Sudairy filmed herself in a hotel where she happened to be staying in Paris at the time. She then sent Conant the video file to edit and incorporate into the piece. Conant also filmed her father in mock-weatherman and intimate interview contexts. Inspired by the work of Marjorie Keller, Conant interviewed her niece in candid conversation about color and coupled the footage with video of her niece performing impromptu response to Conant calling out the names of colors.
A shaky approach of a masked figure on a beach is jarred by stop-animated concrete segments like fast-forwarded early geological shifting. The figure digs a hole which was the mold in which her mask was cast. This video was shown in combination with concrete sand-casts of the nine planets of our solar system in relative scale, and exhibited at SARDINE, Brooklyn in 2016.
Sudairy gives Conant a driving lesson in Arabic. The “instructor” is from Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to drive. The “student” is from the US where driving is very accessible, yet she got a license late in life and is not much of a driver. Her license has lapsed and she now must go through the instructional process from the beginning. Echoing the absurdities surrounding their respective situations, the video features a fake car made of paper with an oil-on-canvas steering wheel, spliced with footage of a lesson shot in a real car.
Props for Driving Lesson
oil on linen, paper, string, wood, clamps, clip lights
These object were on view as part of an exhibition called Maspeth’s World of Wheels at the Knockdown Center in 2014.