The Banana Man (1983). Post-screening discussion with Michael Smith, Cauleen Smith, and Ying Liu, moderated by Mary Clare Stevens and Rebecca Cleman.
Shot in 1982 with the assistance of a performance/installation class he was instructing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Banana Man (1983) was Kelley’s first completed solo video work. Drawing upon his memories of childhood friends regaling him with their synopses of the antics of The Banana Man, a vaudeville act that appeared on Captain Kangaroo, Kelley uses his scant recollections—the Banana Man’s habit of pulling out bananas from his pocket, and his accompanying high-pitched squeal—to build out an intricate psychology of the character.
Ying Liu is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist born and raised in a small island named Zhoushan in the East China Sea. Her evening-length, hybridized works often mix consumer technology such as VR, GoPro and GPS, and fuse mediums including theater, dance, video, and performance art with DIY props and an exuberant sense of play.
Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, Third World Cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines, while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants.
Michael Smith is a performance, video, and installation artist who has exhibited widely at fine art and popular venues, including museums, galleries, theaters, festivals, nightclubs, children’s parties, television, online, and in the street. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Austin, TX.
1. “Day is Done Theme” from Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done (2005) the soundtrack. Music by Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel.
2. “Nature Study” from Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done (2005) the soundtrack. Music by Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel.
3. “Horse Dance of the Virgin Mary” from Mike Kelley’s Day Is Done (2005) the soundtrack. Music by Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel.
4. “Special Reciple” from Dance Beats For Baby (2009). Music by Mike Kelley with Baby IKKI.