DB Amorin - Huli (2017/2022)

HULI is a hyperlinked narrative, a collection of strobed vignettes based on matrilineal storytelling, translated through embodied movement. This is a story told through approximations, whose truth is ambient and lingers in neon half-frames, in weightless spaces suspended between when it happened once and when it happened again. This is a condition passed in circles, leaping over generation gaps, written into code and manifested in all the noises and ticks, glitches and fits. Using a combination of analog video manipulation and styleGAN trained on recursive data sets, this iterative presentation seek to trouble authenticity in all forms, from the process of pinpointing truth when mapping familial and cultural history, as well as the representation of indigenous experience itself, which is often one of epistemological voids, of traumatic severances and vast blank spots where a vacuum serves as foundation. These modular video works, originally produced for installation, are released from their loops, compiled here as a linear, abstract short film. Featuring embodied movement by Renee Sills and audio compositions by Kevin Holden.

DB Amorin

DB Amorin (b. Honolulu, Hawai'i) is an artist addressing audio-visual non-linearity as a container for intersectional experience, often focusing on the role error plays as a generative opportunity. His media-centered installations are the result of DIY methodologies, lo-fi translations and persistent, inquisitive experimentation of available materials. His work has been supported with awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Precipice Fund grant funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation and administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). His visual art and curatorial programming have been exhibited at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival, A Space Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Luggage Store Gallery, Soundwave ((7)) Biennial (San Francisco, CA USA), PICA, Oregon Contemporary, FalseFront (Portland, OR USA), the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Biennial 2019, Doris Duke Theatre (Honolulu, HI USA), among others.