Video and New Media Gallery
This gallery is equipped to display the Museum’s growing collection of video and new media art. The term “new media” is commonly understood to encompass a wide range of artistic practices that engage with emerging technologies, including the internet, computer animation, virtual reality, and a variety of other interactive digital data tools and applications.
Video is often considered a separate but related category to new media art. Developed as an analog technology in the counter culture of the 1960s, video provided artists with new creative options, as well as easily portable equipment. Contemporary artists continue to explore this medium for its conceptual and aesthetic possibilities in formats that include digital technologies. Videos range from single-channel works—using one electronic source (such as a DVD), one playback device, and one display mode (a monitor or projection)—to complex, multi-channel installations.
She Gone Rogue
On view July 14–December 30, 2017
Zackary Drucker. American, born 1983
Rhys Ernst. American, born 1982
She Gone Rogue. 2012
Single-channel digital video
Purchase, SC 2016:48
Running Time: 23 minutes
The film looks forward and backwards at an imagined and real trans narrative, coalescing time and space as a means to talk about an invisible history, a self-preserving community, intergenerational relationships, aging, love, and chosen families. —Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst
Drucker and Ernst co-wrote She Gone Rogue in a small hotel in Desert Hot Springs, CA, and the ensuing production process was entirely collaborative. The narrative follows the magical journey of “Darling” (played by Drucker) who enters a parallel world through a hole in her wall. She chases a mirrored version of herself through the forest and arrives in a country cottage with her real-life parents. Her odyssey continues as she encounters several characters played by legendary matriarchs in the community of trans-women. Folded into the video’s rich visuals and haunting soundtrack are scenes of implied violence. Finally, Darling awakes in a wind-blown desert. Here, the voiceover conveys a culminating moment of self-discovery:
“There is just you. Only you. I am only you, Darling. I will only ever be you."