christopher does seattle

Video artist Christopher Steadman has just been selected for a show curated by Video Art pioneer, Gary Hill, at Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art. 

Tell us about sounds and objects you work with?
The sounds I use are all recorded at the time of shooting. Sometimes I create the soundscape before the video. The sound for all my work, especially the more recent pieces, is as important as the visuals. Mostly they work in harmony. As far as objects, I don’t think there is anything I wouldn’t use in a piece as long as it makes sense in context. I’ve used a cup of tea, rubber gloves, an elevator… When I shoot on location it becomes as much about the setting as it does about any subject material or theme.
Photo From 3-Channel Video Loops Installation "Micro Chaos". Photo: Christopher Steadman

of dogs and men

Laika: When people show you who they are, believe them.

Stef: Did you just make that up?

Laika: It's Maya Angelou, silly.

Stef: Oh - right. But, the thing is... I Love Him!

Laika: Well he doesn't love you, he only loves what you give him.

Stef: Source?

Laika: Mina, of course.

Stef: Damn, girl. You're a regular treasure trove of quotations.

Laika: I can do it in Italian too, watch. Per lui non conta quello che sei, ma soltanto cosa gli daaaaiiii....

Stef: OK I get it - I get it! ***snif***

Laika: Maledetto il sesso, che picchia così forteeeee....

Stef: For god's sake shut up before my head explodes!

Laika: The road to sex is paved with good intentions.

Stef: Who said that??

Laika: You did. Remember? Way back in '86... you were standing in the kitchen at a party in Allston and suddenly, it came to you. And Joey was standing right there with you and he laughed.

Stef: Joey...Joey! What a monster he turned out to be.

Laika: Don't they all. Wanna go for a walk? I'm sure it'll make you feel better!

Stef: I'm beat...whatever you say.