LJ FREZZA is an artist, curator, and human being whose work examines the ways in which we personalize and subvert our experiences with mass culture. He is the co-founder and director of the BASEMENT Media Festival, and is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His current interests include Netflix binges, vernacular video, and the comedic.
Neutral Zones (2015) / Blog / neutralzones.tumblr.com
A screenshot series highlighting the utopias of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994).
Level 1 (2015) / AV Installation / 5:00 (loop)
A sound poem about labor. Featuring 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. A feature-length re-edit of zombie apolalypse movies, where we witness four "last men" struggling to immunize themselves against a growing force of community.
Nothing (2014) / Digital Video / 06:30
Every shot from Seinfeld (1989-1998) where nothing happens. A response to everyone I met in New York who said they'd love the city if only there weren't so many people in it.
Images of Nothing (2014) / Blog / imagesofnothing.tumblr.com
A screenshot series highlighting the moments 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."
The LJ Frezza Talk Show (2011) / Analog Video / 3 Episodes
Boldly Going (2010) / Digital Video / 04:00
Ignoring Star Fleet's Prime Directive that there can be no interference with the “development of alien life and culture," Captain James T. Kirk becomes entangled in conflicts spawned by his own interventionist policies.
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. This video is a reinterpretation of the film, looking at “conquest” in past and present media, fiction and non-fiction, and the “compression” of these experiences into mediated forms.