Jason Berganozzi


Last week I visited a 4 Alfred University Graduate Shows and the show that stood at the most for me was from my TA Jason Berganozzi. His show was all video on tv’s and projectors shown in an out of business Ponderosa in Hornell NY. What I saw at Jason’s show was really moving. The entire space had no lighting and was lit the glow of screens and projector bulbs. As soon as you walked into the building there was a set up of video streamed through MaxMSP and correlating information images would appear next to each other on two screens. The video featured abandoned urban space littered with garbage and decayed structures. The locations ranged from Alleghany County to New York City and somewhere in Asia. Jason told me that he often explores abandoned buildings and that the video content was just what he happened to find.

Watching the dual screens I speculated whether the videos were coupled intentionally or randomly. MaxXSP combined the videos at random but with labels attached to them so certain videos were played together seamlessly. As I watched the videos I felt a sense of shame in humanity. Empty buildings featured possessions of people casted off in moves. Dolls, televisions, tires, books, even the corpse of dog was shown. And there were other shots of people still moving next to these dead spaces like subways. Tunnels in subways vary in usage over the years and entire sections can be left dormant while on the other side of walls people still circulate underground.

In spite of this people continue to build new sturctures even with old infrastructure remain. SOme people see this as evolutionary living and theat some buildings are destined to be left standing but rotten. However I saw this waste of construction saddening. The videos would play content on one screen and then a few minutes later the same content would appear on the opposite screen. It read like two tracks of time moving at a different rate but the same environment remaining. I couldn’t stop watching for fifteen minutes.

There were other video installations too. In the same room a sound piece covered the entire area and was mixed into the first installation and two others. One a sound wave projection of the sound in real-time. Another was a row of over a dozen small televisions playing flickering and washed out video clips in monotone. What made the set up so impressive is that the sound piece was set up on one sound system and not three separate ones making a booming slow feeling all over the videos.

In the former kitchen area two more projections were playing. One video kept flickering so fast that movement became warped but the more impressive video was projected through a glass window on to the ceiling. I cannot recall exactly what the images were but it was very fluid and ghastly and the texture of the glass gave a more misty look. An excellent experiment in light and filtering video through physical items.

Lastly there was a four tv set up of AU students speaking one at a time but having their words and appearance distorted by video glitching and warping of resolution and sound. The videos played in a sequence response it seemed like it had to do with decayed speaking and interaction.

The show in its entirety was about decay inside an old Hornell resteraunt. The show was a full 360 spin on the world people live in with the videos about the world humans have made and how humans alter space by abandoning creations and building new structures. In Hornell the whole city suffers from this type of phenomena of poor urban management. The city once had a huge park and destroyed it for commercial space that today is underused but is awkwardly placed in the city with large parking lots and crude building set up. It was all part of an urban renewal plan that has made the city worse than better. It seems that people usually don’t know how to properly account for public space and when accommodate low valued realty.

Overall the show was an experience changer for me and video. I had never seen Jason’s work before…he actuallly looks younger on video and I knew it was good when I enjoyed the photos I took of the moving videos. If anyone is interested in seeing Jason’s work his website is http://seeinginvideo.com/home.html

2 Responses to “Jason Berganozzi”

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