Art: Dania Eliot

Dania Eliot is producing video shorts every day on her blog “A Movie A Day” (dania-amovieaday.blogspot.com). Eliot’s videos, ranging in duration from several seconds to around a minute, offer large conceptual returns on small investments of time for view

More and more, I am finding an alternative, entirely virtual space for Cincinnati arts on the Internet, such as Joey Versoza’s youtube channel (www.youtube.com/user/jversozaiii) that functions like an exhibition of his thoughtfully minimalist video art; or performer/activist Ethan Philbrick’s archive of public dance projects (ethandancesinpublic.blogspot.com). Most recently I’ve become increasingly curious about the video shorts that Dania Eliot is producing every day on her blog “A Movie A Day” (dania-amovieaday.blogspot.com). Eliot’s videos, ranging in duration from several seconds to around a minute, offer large conceptual returns on small investments of time for viewers. Some appear therapeutic, such as days when she focuses on beach shells or images of Venice in order to imagine herself and viewers in a tiny, meditative vacation. But most interesting are the growing number of pieces that evoke Laurie Simmons performances or Miranda July recordings — Eliot’s collection of figurines and toys are animated through cryptic and sly voice-overs that deal with interpersonal power struggles, the pressures of societal expectations and wry criticism of human behavior. The voices Eliot invents for the different characters are haunting, psychological studies. As I write this she has posted 67 and counting.

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