Mikey Peterson’s meditative images merge with jolts via extended real-time shots and jump cuts. Light contrasts through darkened backgrounds, and classical elements—water, fire, air and earth—create abstracted spaces. These distortions, equally influenced by pre-CGI science fiction films, experimental cinema, and sound collage aim to disturb the viewer’s self-perception and sense of place. Subtle events appear dramatic and nature’s movements become surreal transformations as they reside within the boundary between the physical and the virtual. Footage is manipulated and taken out of its original context in order to relay other truths about the world that it is from – unveiling themes of memory, evolution, disorientation, and fear. To advance this process of displacement, Peterson manipulates the ambient sound from the source recordings to compose a cohesive soundtrack, moving the viewer into dream-like meditations, chaos, and dark surreal spaces that paradoxically envelop rhythms of tone and light.
His work has shown at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Chicago Cultural Center; the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum; Rome’s MAXXI Museum; South Korea’s CICA Museum; the Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California; Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum; the SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, California, the Lucca Film Festival in Lucca, Italy, London’s Visions in the Nunnery, CURRENTS New Media in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the STREETVIDEOART exhibition in Paris, France, Brooklyn’s Ende Tymes Festival, and the Video Art and Experimental Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. His work has been featured in publications including CICA Museum’s Digital Body: New Media Art 2018; Mexico City’s Blancopop; Paris’ Stigmart 10 – Videofocus; LandEscape Art Review and the online audio publication, Text Sound.
Peterson develops and teaches courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Snow City Arts. In addition, he writes and performs sparse melodic songs as a solo musician, and as one-half of The Duende Bros, has developed an inimitable form of electro pop.
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