Afro-Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise)
HD video, 2008
Afro-Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise) is an escapist video narrative that ends in destruction when the protagonist plummets back to Earth after a mystical space journey. Like the doomed Icarus of Ancient Greek myth, the epic fall comes after reaching a brilliant zenith that is both mesmerizing and lethal. This white-faced Butoh-inspired performance is a crude metaphor of the civil rights legacy. Taking cues from experimental films, Pinder plants himself within the work, asking the viewers to watch the images of propulsion and power.
Utilizing time-lapse animation, White Noise consists of over 2,000 photographs, with each frame of the piece forming an individual pose. Together, they form a continuous flow of activity. The sequence, which happens in exaggerated time, draws attention to the physicality of the performance and the identity of the figure represented.
Inspired by science fiction and vintage NASA footage, these images are a re-envisioning of a turbulent experience.
Composed of over two thousand images the video is a time-lapsed escapist fantasy.