You’ve Been Had! 
Single Channel Video Festival
March 10-11, 2023

Even fools like me
Even fools like me
I said you're running out of fools
Even old fools like me

the jig is up

Polonius: O, I am slain!

Babe, we’ve all been there. DEFEAT.

O how you held on. Iron on the tongue - whose blood? - every ragged fingernail, every festered wound cauterized, every sweet asshole clenched. But it’s oooovveerrrr nooowwww. The water rises; the curtain falls. The planet, your lover, the cat, roll to their side and lick themselves, leaving you to shelter on the edge of the bed. So what? Now what?

It’s the old poetry of scoundrels, cads and rogues. Ancient, moody songs that make betrayal sound as normal as fried eggs. Somehow we know the lyrics, but only as they fall out of our mouths.

I wish I could, but my car broke down, and I missed the bus, then the taxman came, and my baby left me, right after the cops pulled me over (before the car broke). The war washed it all anyway.

We regret to inform you.
Thank you for your time.
We had an incredible volume.
Your mother/father and I.
After careful consideration.
Thank you.

Participating Artists: Saïd Afifi - France/ Morocco, Dee Hood - USA, Zerek Kempf - USA,  Shori Sims - USA, Kate Stone - USA, Ryan Muchen Wang - USA, Rebecca Weisman - USA

Images courtesy of the artist: Dee Hood - still from Realigning the Forward Back, Kate Stone - still from Insides, Rebecca Weisman - still from Tap Lessons, Ryan Muchen Wang - still from Can’t Let Go, Saïd Afifi - still from Etymology, Shori Sims - still from Two Story Home, Zerek Kempf - still from This Is How You Start the Clock


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