Raphael Montañez Ortiz
Raphael Montanez Ortiz is engaged by his complex Hispanic heritage and his formal experimentation with various forms of technology. In 1958, Ortiz was buying super-8 films (old movies, cartoons and newsreels) and re-editing the footage. Unlike his avant-garde contemporaries, Ortiz has placed ritual at the centre of his collage process. Ortiz used a tomahawk to chop up the ciine-artifacts of his ancestor's oppressors--Westerns and newsreels. The film fragments were then placed into a medicine bag, rattle and randomly re-edited into works such as Cowboy and Indian Film. More recently Ortiz has turned to laser discs to chop up and reconstruct film artifacts from classic cinema that encapsulate Euro-American readings of Western history. Ortiz has made dozens of these "digital/laser/videos" many of which were featured in the 1995 Whitney Biennal.
1996, 42:17 minutes, colour/B&W, English
1995, 25:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English
1995, 30:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English
You Can't Make An Omelette Without Breaking Some Eggs
1994, 54:00 minutes, colour, English
Excerpt: "Outside the Frame" & Performance and the Object
1994, 10:00 minutes, colour, English
1993, 07:19 minutes, colour, English
1992, 12:55 minutes, colour/B&W, English
Selected Works: Raphael Montañez Ortiz
1992, 112:55 minutes, colour/B&W
Dance Number Nine ...They Bombed the Speak...
1991, 05:49 minutes, colour/B&W, English
1990, 22:45 minutes, colour, English