A Louisiana native of 26 years, Keaton Smith received a BFA in 2012 from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Keaton is a filmmaker, writer, and video artist who performs live video presentations of his work. Keaton uses analog video techniques along with film and digital media to provoke a meditative state within the viewer. His films have shown in film festivals in Louisiana, Ohio, Brooklyn, and France. The most recent screening was of his experimental short film, Years in Bardo, at the Philip K Dick Film Festival. Keaton is co-founder of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Film Festival. Keaton is currently an artist in residence working on his short film titled, The Story of Christopher Jenkins, with the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA.
My current work is a coercive dance of memory and daydream within the boundary of narrative storytelling. I’m interested in the malleability of time, its intrusion on the present; its dramatic grip on the restless individual. Performance video is free of the temporal restrictions of traditional editing techniques allowing video signal to be played instantly and intuitively much like a musical instrument. Video can be bent and sculpted to disrupt linearity. Recollection is a nonlinear drama within the mind where memories are stored, retrieved, and manipulated. Involuntary memory and the hypnogogic static visible behind closed eyes are automated mechanisms I focus on. My work weaves these subjective threads into narratives that illuminate idiosyncrasies of personality.
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