Shooting in 16 mm film and exhibiting in digital video, Melika Bass’s experimental films are characterized by intricate, cyclical structures that emphasize sound and visual textures over traditional narratives. Making use of both nonprofessional actors and performance artists, her films often reveal a subtle surrealist influence in their focus on odd, inexplicable actions and situations.
For her 12 × 12 exhibition, Bass presents her film and video work in a site-specific installation. In addition, her recent films Shoals (52 min) and Waking Things (25 min) are screened on Sunday, February 6. Waking Things was coproduced by the performance company Every house has a door, and features members from their ensemble. The screening is copresented as part of the performance, Every house has a door: Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never (Feb 9–13), and symposium, Reconstructing Utopia: Cinema, Performance and Ex-Yugoslavia (Feb 6).