phantom limbs

journal by Sam Zimmerman concerning new media arts in New York City, curated events at Monkeytown (the video dinner theater in Williamsburg) and his personal projects

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Honey Bunny

This summer I collaborated with Vena Virago on her new dvd, Honey Bunny, a XXX fantasia concerning rabbits and art that ships next week.

Vena's alter ego, Margie Schnibbe, is an artist based in L.A. who has written and directed three porn features. Margie infuses her films with her own visual art - paintings, sculptures, comic books, textiles, etc. - blurring the boundaries between personal expression and crass commercial product. Honey Bunny takes the theme several steps further, mixing autobiographical sketches into the script, and setting the movie in an installation exhibit of Margie's work at the Circus Gallery.

In 2006, I produced a 4-screen mashup of Margie's films for Monkey Town, for which I invited Motomichi Nakamura and Adam Kendall to create motion pieces based on Margie's art. When Margie told me about this new project - a movie explicitly about art - I proposed inviting a number of video artists to rework images from the film to include in the release itself. Margie and Vivid Alt got behind the idea, so the movie now includes pieces by Skye Thortensen, Zander Reyna, Yoshi Sodeoka, William Skullmaster and Jeanne Angel, and great new music by Leisure Muffin written for the film.

Looking forward to hosting a megamix program of all of this material at Monkey Town this December...