Eliot Anderson

Found video, 3D animation
9:05 minutes

Artists' Television Access

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
June 8, 2010

Video Program:

Elliot Anderson, Unsanitized
Sarolta Jane Cump, California is an Island
Bill Domonkos, Poppy
Bug Davidson, Screen Tests
Dino Dinco, El Abuelo
Mitch Gould, This Beginning of Me
Bill Hsu, Glories, performance trailer
Charissa King-O'brien, Riva and Allison
Peter Max Lawrence, Queer in Kansas
B. Steady and the Lost Bois, Reading Rainbow
ZA Martonhardjono, Five Haikus for the New York City Subway
Jules Shendelman, Bathhouse Poetics

Work in Exhibition:

Found video, 3D animation
9:05 minutes
(Video screening at ATA and on video loop at SOMArts)

LINEAGE Project Artist

"One by one I have been matchmaking people with the archives of those who have died, asking each to invent a response." - E.G. Crichton, LINEAGE Curator.

Elliot Anderson is a new media artist whose work includes installation, digital photography and media sets for performance. He believes that technology should be free and queer.

Claude Schwob, a scientist on the Manhattan Project during World War II, helped engineer the future. He was a gay in the military industrial complex with an eye for the boys. He was the bomb.

Elliot, an electronic artist and former computer programmer, was matched with Claude Schwob because of their mutual affinity for slide rules. Two very elegant examples of this now archaic computing tool reside in one of Schwob's archive boxes. A slide rule also became the interface to Elliot's interactive computer piece unsanitized which combines public domain footage of bomb tests in New Mexico with original 3-D animation. Elliot became intrigued by Schwob's seeming ability to navigate his role as scientist working on the high security Manhattan project with being gay, and in later life producing erotic stories and photographs of nude men complete with model releases. Claude lived from 1926-1998.

A co-worker once stood up in a manager's meeting and said 'So what if he's gay, he's a good gay.' That's when I officially became a good gay. Engineers are fearful of their sexuality. Claude seemed to live a life of boys and big science. How did he survive the most secretive of military programs with his sexuality intact? But it seems to be the case. Photos of him in uniform with loves and sex partners, those boudoir shots of young men, and proud credentials of his participation in Operation Apache - an A-bomb test at Bikini Atoll - all live in one archive box. He was a good (and not so good) gay. - Elliot Anderson

Artist's website: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/eanderson/