New Video Work by Van McElwee to Open at St. Louis Art Museum

Webster University professor and renowned artist premieres "Original Self" on Friday, March 28

Van McElwee, Webster University School of Communications professor and internationally renowned video artist will present his latest video work, “Original Self.” The world premiere event will be hosted by HEARding Cats Collective on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM), in the Farrell Auditorium.* The St. Louis Art Museum is located at 1 Fine Arts Drive, and the opening is part of the SLAM Underground series. The event is free to the public.Van McElwee

Three separate live musical ensembles will interpret the video, “Original Self,” in three different ways. The musical ensembles will be comprised of a synthesizer duo, with Kevin Harris and Doc Mabuse, a percussion trio featuring Rich O’Donnell, Alan Shilling, and Glen “Papa” Wright, and a vocal ensemble led by Debby Lennon.

“We recorded a parade of marchers with ten different cameras,” McElwee said “so that in editing I could create a procession that branches into multiple versions of itself, into clouds of variation."

When asked for comment about the opening, McElwee answered “I am overjoyed that these amazing musicians will be interpreting my film. I worked on “Original Self” for over a year and this concert will be the perfect way to premiere it.”

McElwee teaches in the Electronic and Photographic Media department of the School of Communications at Webster University. He is a recent Regional Arts Commission Fellow and a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Award.

His work is shown at the Kitchen, New York, Heure Exquise! In France, Inter Media Art Institute in Germany, LUX in the United Kingdom, and Galerie Trabant, in Austria. McElwee’s videos are archived in numerous international collections."Original Self" by Van McElwee

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