The Way You Make Me Feel was an exhibition that featured new and existing work from artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman, including First Person Shooter, the video nominated by Ballroom Marfa for the 2018 season of Artists’ Film International (AFI). AFI is an international exchange organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London, that showcases emerging artists working in video and animation from across the globe. Huffman’s film was complemented by newly-commissioned sculptural work, paintings, and video from the artist in Ballroom’s galleries.
First Person Shooter (2016) is a complex visual collage that layers stock digital animation, video shot by the artist, bold text, and multichannel audio. Overlaid onto the imagery, a libretto-like text applies lyricism to collaged episodes that intentionally frustrate conventional narrative expectations. Stock audio and digital animation combine with Huffman’s footage of actors who can’t help but fall asleep mid-sentence. The artist calls into question the labor of consciousness and the anxious ennui of the internet age. The piece continues Huffman’s exploration into the formal qualities of video as a medium, while weaving together themes of anxiety, race, violence, overstimulation and boredom from a fractured palette of source material.
In addition to embedding First Person Shooter into an installation with multiple new video channels, Huffman realized a large-scale sculpture for Ballroom’s courtyard: a massive light box that uses the sun as light source, illuminating an iconic film still of Grace Jones. He produced a new video and sound work that experimented with the notion of foley (sound effects produced manually for film and added after recording), and also composed a vinyl text poems on the gallery walls, playing with the convention of museum didactics and situating the other AFI videos within the logic of his visual, poetic and critical language.
AFI 2018 was organized by former Ballroom Director & Curator Laura Copelin.
Artists' Film International
Organized in conjunction with Whitechapel Gallery, London, AFI is a program that showcases international artists working in film, video and animation.
Each international venue that participates in AFI nominates a moving image work from an artist who lives and works in their country. The artists and partners for AFI 2018 include:
John Skoog – Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
Vladimir Nikolić – The Cultural Centre of Belgrade
Robertas Narkus & Jokūbas Čižikas – The Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius
Lê Xuân Tiền – DocLab, Hanoi
Juan Sorrentino – Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires
Elena Mazzi – GAMeC, Bergamo
Danielle Dean – Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Pelin Kirca – Istanbul Modern
Musa Paradisiaca – Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT), Libson
Mikołaj Sobczak – Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Rosa Barba – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin
Yim Sui Fong – Para Site, Hong Kong
Munem Wasif – Project 88, Mumbai
Ørjan Amundsen – Tromsø Kunstforenig, Tromsø
Patrick Hough – Whitechapel Gallery, London
Tom Ireland – The Whitworth, Manchester
Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, Detroit) is an artist and the author of three books of poems. He has shown work at The Kitchen; Locust Projects; the Hammer Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MOCA Detroit; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; The Jewish Museum; Atlanta Contemporary; Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Swiss Institute. Educated at Bard College (BA), Brown University (MFA, Literary Arts), and USC (MFA, Studio Art), his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Lighthouse Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and lives and works in New York.
The Way You Make Me Feel is made possible by the generous support of Kenneth Bauso; The Brown Foundation Inc.; City of Marfa; Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Kristina & Jeff Fort; George S. Loening; Max Mara; National Endowment for the Arts; Jayson Seidman; Texas Commission of the Arts; the Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; the Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club; and Ballroom Marfa members.
In-kind support provided by SAVED Wines, Big Bend Brewing Company, and Gem&Bolt
Special thanks to Ben Alper, Lalo Baeza, Susanna Battin, Sondra Boone, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, Stefano Di Paola, Rowdy Dugan, Anat Ebgi, David Fenster, Cuca Flores, Chauntel Gerdes, Christina Hobbs, Minerva Lopez, Alex Marks, Francisco Rosas, Gory Smelley, and Molly Walker. And to our friends at Austin Art Services, the Big Bend Sentinel, Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation, and Marfa Public Radio.