EARTH Video Artist David Kagan / by ETD

I first met Eryc through our mutual friend, composer Gerald Busby. Gerald and I had been collaborating on a series of short abstract horror films. Eryc really liked them, and had the idea to bring me on board the Earth project. And I'm very glad he did. I'm honored to be involved in Eryc's ambitious project, and to get to collaborate with this group of talented choreographers and composers. It's been fun bouncing ideas back and forth, and inspiring and being inspired by others.

It's so important to address climate change, and I love that the project's mission is to draw attention to the crisis. The time to act is now, so I hope that my visuals can help add a further sense of weight and urgency to the piece

For me, art succeeds most fully when it's both aesthetically arresting and thought provoking. My hope is that something I do will stick with viewers, and that they will continue to think about it for the coming days or months. Maybe it will inspire them to have conversations with friends. Maybe it will filter into the way they conduct their lives. And that's how art can effect change. -David Kagan


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David Kagan is a multimedia artist whose work explores identity, biography, and popular culture iconography. Through film, sculpture, painting, and performance he seeks to make connections between personal and collective stories and to explore the narrative possibilities of environments. Kagan is the recipient of awards/residencies from Art Matters, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and AAI Lower East Side Studio Program, among others. His work has been exhibited/screened at Anthology Film Archives (New York), New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, New Insight at Art Chicago, Nash Gallery (Minneapolis), Crane Arts Center (Philadelphia), The Project Space at The Royal College of Art (London), Invisible Dog Art Center (Brooklyn), Art Video International Film Festival (Cannes), El Lugar Sin Limites Festival De Cine (Ecuador), Galerie Ré (Marrakech), and LESGAICINEMAD: International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Madrid), among others. Kagan received a BFA in Film/TV Production at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a studio art MFA in combined media from Hunter College Department of Art. For more information visit www.davidkagan.net.