THE BROKEN NEWS SERIES: DISASTER (2012); Lori Felker; TRT: 5.00
This comes from an experiment/performance: an intimate attempt at reporting, mediating and being mediated.
Your method seems to have a lot of humor to it, this is unusual in experimental films, how did this come about?
I like to call these videos “TV-shaped”. I’ve done four variations now: gardening, travel, teen science and the news. I plan to do more.
Humor exists in a natural, common, performative state, an area of human culture that seems to both define and challenge both groups and individuals on a daily basis. Humor is what we reach out for to feel human, to enjoy being human, to communicate something human as we play, interact, anticipate, wait, and realize. I hope that my work sets up situations that contain an intersection between satire, honesty, the uncanny and the nerve-wracking, where one might be able to find the relief of laughter, an audible connection with an audience, or be lost in a guffaw of disbelief.
What was your creative process?, do you write them first?
The Broken News Series (Disaster is part one), was written inside my brain while I slept, I suppose. I read the headlines over and over again each day recorded myself trying to recite them from memory before I went to bed, and then set my alarm to wake me up in the middle of a deep sleep. I had the green screen news station all ready at the foot of my bed. With the flick of a few switches, I would turn the station on, throw on a blazer and start to report the “news” still half asleep. I would just start with the first thing I could remember from my dreams, the rest just poured out naturally as it would if you were talking out your dreams to your partner just as you were waking. Some of the real news gets in there, too. In this first part, the disaster comes from the fact that I recorded this during the week of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The graphics around me are a mix of fact, fiction, facts on the wrong dates, elaborations of my dreams and responses from my graphics collaborator, Chris Royalty.