Published by Radius Books. Text by Norman Klein, Andy Campbell, Chelsea Weathers. Interview by Stuart Comer.
This debut monograph brings together nearly a decade of “analogital” experiments in film, sculpture and installation by Jennifer West (born 1966)—one of the most committed artists working on the West Coast today. Saturated in a history of avant-garde and Third World cinema (not to mention HIV/AIDS activism and the incipient Riot Grrrl movement) since she was an undergraduate at Evergreen State College, West’s work today treads similar ground: challenging the utopianism of new media adoptees as well as the nostalgia of analog-only film adherents. The 11 projects reproduced in the book, all produced between 2014 and 2021, fall under the heading of Media Archaeology, and reveal the historical and material promiscuity of West’s experiments in film and art, often tied to the changing geography of Los Angeles and its surrounds.