Light Reading starts its ninth series with a presentation of new work and a discussion with US- based filmmaker Brent Coughenour. Coughenour will present two new audio-visual performances, Untitled and The Indomitable Human Spirit (2008) as well as two new films, Night Flight (2006) and Of Rosy Chocolates, of Gilt Umbrellas, of Moving Blooms, Jelly-Yellow (2007).
Brent Coughenour’s recent works using film and video reveal a pervasive preoccupation with dislodging narrative cinematic language from a dependence on drama and plot. Works such as Of Rosy Chocolates tread discretely between the production of heightened sensorial experience captured through an almost documentary-like recording, yet carry a narrative through playing with elements of suspense and surprise in different shots.
Coughenour’s most recent work incorporates computer programming for audio and digital manipulation into projects designed for live performance. The Indomitable Human Spirit is a live audio-visual performance for thumb-piano, Guitar Hero video game controller and computer. Incorporating a broad array of audio and visual analysis and synthesis strategies, the piece creates a hinted and tenuous relationship between sound and image, abstract and concrete, performance gesture and software response.
Brent Coughenour lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His works have been shown widely across the United States and Canada. Screenings include the Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2008, Detroit Film Centre, 1818 Gallery, Baltimore, Wisconsin Film Festival and the Avant-Garde Screening Series at Yale University. Coughenour is also an occasional member of the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra (MiLO). During February he will be touring across Europe presenting recent works including I Pity The Fool (2007) a feature-length narrative super 8 visual poem about industrial collapse in the city of Detroit, as well as several live expanded cinema performances exploring the relationships between sound and video.