On Our Radar: Aimee Goguen

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Aimee Goguen is a video artist and experimental animator working and living in Los Angeles. A sampling of her video works were recently screened at the Institute for American Art, bringing her work to a Maine audience. Shot using a Hi8 camcorder, the works show sexuality humorously, in which the human body is typically the central focus. The repetitive sequences, such as thick, sticky, goo trickling down the body is what makes these pieces affective and build a tension of discomfort for the viewer and actors.

Goguen received her BFA and MFA from CalArts, and has shown work at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Night Gallery and Druid Underground Film Festival. She has performed in video work by Harry Dodge, and provided animated sequences for William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010). Meg Hahn asked Aimee some quick questions about her practice, influences, and the role of gender and technology in her work.

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Meg Hahn: How would you describe your practice: your influences, process, and what you’re exploring? What do you want audiences to feel or take away?

Aimee Goguen: I am excited by human behavior and influenced by disgust. I write intuitively. Example: punches rear-view, example: slaps dick down, example: pussy eats house. I document the chosen action with a camera. Whatever happens will happen or not based on the laws of science.

MH: Can you talk about your choice of technology (Hi8)? Is there pressure to convert to something more digitally contemporary? Do these videos have a time or place you’re aiming to create/depict?

AG: My video work is timeless and the location is not important. I am depicting an action. The action is repetitive. This becomes a feeling.

MH: Are the works supposed to be viewed linearly or independently? Do you see these pieces as being focused on performance, narrative, formal/technical qualities, or is it all simultaneous?

AG: I prefer as many videos as possible, multi-channeled, lo-fi, and looped. Inside a kind of video hell, concentrated by mess and agitation. A climactic space of layering and meditative unrest. My friends will perform the action selected from writing but their response is unwritten. My writing for the use of video production would be closest to a shot list break down even though I am familiar with screenplay format I do not care to write traditional scripts or make narrative movies.

MH: Can you explain the role of gender and sexuality and dominance/submission in your work, especially considering your role as the author?

AG: Play is important. I can NOT explain the role of gender or sexuality as an E.T.

MH: In some of the videos we can hear you giving directions. Do you feel any sense of compromise because of the collaborative nature of relying on others to provide what you’re envisioning?

AG: Let me lubricate. The collaborative nature is possible or impossible, so the roles and the rules may change. In this space people are very sensitive, there is a lot of care and adoration involved. We become flexible, our knees touch our ears. Without my friendships most all of my video work would exist only as writing.


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Meg Hahn

Meg Hahn

Meg Hahn is currently working towards her BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art ('17) with a minor in Art History. Her interests aim to maintain both an active studio and academic art practice.

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