Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Keith Rocka Knittel: "FROGHOLLOW:METH:MTN," 2009
Multi-media installation
CalArts MFA Exhibition, CalArts Lime Gallery, Valencia, CA
January 12-17, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Many-worlds Interpretation

Keith Rocka Knittel: "Many-worlds Interpretation," 2009 (video still)

For this video piece, I filmed myself on two separate occasions dancing for 45 minutes straight to a mix tape by DJ Red Alert from 1988. Then I superimposed the two videos onto one background. And then, I isolated a series of animated freeze-frames, capturing parallel moments that had occurred simultaneously.

I once saw a documentary that illustrated the theory of parallel universes with a good animation of a cat experiencing two outcomes at once, alive and dead, dead and alive. Somehow, it wasn't as sad as it sounds.


Keith Rocka Knittel: "Nipplegate," 2009
Multi-media installation

Inspired by the aftermath of the Nipplegate incident during the Superbowl XXXVIII halftime show in which Janet Jackson's
star-shaped nipple shield was revealed when her wardrobe "malfunctioned,"
I made a star-shaped sculpture out of radios that were all tuned to play an FM broadcast of remixes I'd made of a dozen or so songs that were censored by the FCC post-Nipplegate.

Nipplegate led to a crackdown on perceived indecency in broadcasting
and resulted in a record half-million dollar fine levied by the FCC against CBS. The FCC also increased its fine per indecency violation from $27,500 to $325,000, resulting in widespread censorship by radio stations of music containing lyrics now dubbed "indecent" by Michael Powell, then-chairman of the FCC.

My new "Nipplegate" mixes contain only these "offensive" parts of the songs, the parts now bleeped or completely edited out of radio play. The songs include "Jet Airliner" by The Steve Miller Band, "Legs" by ZZ Top, "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club, "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones, "Money" by Pink Floyd, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin, "Erotic City" by Prince, "White Horse" by Laid Back, and "Rich Girl" by Hall and Oates, all of which have been self-censored by radio or television program directors since Nipplegate.

Pete Rock of Gibraltar continued...

These are a few more drawings from the Pete Rock series of endangered animals, commissioned by a good friend/very savvy collector.