Sarolta Jane Cump

California is an Island
16mm/dv video
19:19 minutes
2009

Artists' Television Access
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
June 8, 2010
7pm

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:

California is an Island
16mm/dv video
19:19 minutes
2009

(Video screening at ATA and on video loop at SOMArts)

Drawing on accounts of the late career of conquistador Hernando Cortes, cartographies, and a romance adventure novel, California is an Island , a 19 minute experimental documentary, explores the intertwinement of history and fiction during the 16th Century 'discovery' of California. Using a framework and aesthetic informed by post-colonial, queer and feminist studies, the story follows Cort?s in his manic quest for an island, dramatizing how he becomes engrossed in a chapter about Amazons in the novel Las Sergas de Esplandian , from whence the name of California originated. A female narrator acts as interlocutor, complicating this narrative of empire, as the objects of Cortes' fantasies revolt and form a counter narrative. The film uses camp anachronistic re-enactments, animations utilizing maps and illustrations from the period California was mapped as an island (1540-1747), and 'silent' film titles to create a multivalent film that investigates projections of the New World.

Artist Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/California-is-an-Island/229534014195