LJ FREZZA creates videos and other works from appropriated materials in order to explore the effects of mediation on personal and collective experience. In his work, he frequently employs techniques of compilation to create systematic investigations of overlooked elements in film, television, and interactive media. He is the co-founder and organizer of the BASEMENT Media Festival, and is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Neutral Zones (2015) / Blog / neutralzones.tumblr.com
A screenshot series highlighting the utopias of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994).
Level 1 (2015) / Digital Video / 05:00 (Looping)
Gameplay footage from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011).
Trailer for State of Emergence (2014) / Digital Video / 59:00
Above is a trailer for a feature-length video made in collaboration with the Anti-Banality Union.
Nothing (2014) / Digital Video / 06:30
Every shot from Seinfeld (1989-1998) where nothing happens.
Images of Nothing (2014) / Blog / imagesofnothing.tumblr.com
A screenshot series highlighting single frames of Seinfeld (1989-1998) where nothing happens.
Golden Eye (2013) / Digital Video / 06:00
An abridged history of surveillance in the 20th Century, told through every James Bond movie released before the "War on Terror."
Boldly Going (2010) / Digital Video / 04:00
Captain James T. Kirk made a career of foreign interventionism, despite Star Fleet’s Prime Directive that there can be no interference with the “development of alien life and culture.”
Nuke 'Em, Duke (2010) / Digital Video / 04:00
The Conqueror (1956) starred John Wayne as Genghis Khan. Principal photography took place downwind from a nuclear testing site and close to half the cast & crew subsequently developed cancer, including "The Duke" himself.