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Labyrinth Project is an art collective and research initiative
on interactive cinema and database narrative at the University
of Southern Californias Annenberg Center for Communication.
Under the direction of cultural theorist Marsha Kinder since
1997, this initiative works at the pressure point between theory
and practice. After hosting Interactive Frictions,
a groundbreaking international conference and exhibition at
USC in 1999, Kinder decided to focus on producing interactive
narratives and installations in collaboration with visual artists
and writers known for their experimentation with nonlinear forms.
Labyrinth is committed to creating a productive dialogue between
the immersive language of cinema and the interactive potential
and database structures of digital media.
ABOUT JOHN RECHY
is a first generation Mexican American novelist who was born
in El Paso, Texas and who in 1997 received PEN-USA-West's Lifetime
Achievement Award. He came to world attention in 1963 with the
publication of his first novel, City of Night, which revealed
the previously unknown world of gay hustling and immediately
became a best seller and an American classic. Finding it difficult
to believe that someone so young who knew that world so intimately
could possibly be such a brilliant writer, many critics at first
speculated that the book must have been written from another's
experience by an established writer under a pseudonym--perhaps
James Baldwin or Tennessee Williams. The book had a profound
influence on many other artists, including Jim Morrison, David
Bowie, Gus van Sant, and David Hockney. Rechy went on to write
eleven more novels, which have been translated into over a dozen
languages and which are frequently taught in university courses.
With subsequent provocative works on the gay world, such as
Numbers, The Sexual Outlaw, and Rushes, he has remained a controversial
and influential figure. With later works like The Miraculous
Day of Amalia Gomez and some of his essays, he has also become
an important figure in Chicano literature. In fact, all of his
protagonists are Mexican American, and a number of them are
female (as in Marilyn's Daughter and Our Lady of Babylon as
well as in Amalia Gomez). He is also the author of three plays,
several short stories, and many essays on a wide range of topics--gay
politics, bodybuilding, book reviews. He was also a journalist
for the Texas Observer and The Nation, championing many leftist
political causes. In the early 1970s when Rechy settled in Los
Angeles, he began teaching writing courses that have become
legendary--first at Occidental College, then at UCLA, and now
in the Masters in Professional Writing Program at USC. Many
of the students in his workshops have published novels and plays,
and won Emmy's and Oscars, but still continue under his tutelage,
claiming he is a master teacher.
City of Night, 1963.
This Day's Death, 1969.
The Vampires, 1971.
The Fourth Angel, 1973.
The Sexual Outlaw, 1977.
Bodies and Souls, 1983.
Marilyn's Daughter, 1988.
The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, 1991.
Our Lady of Babylon, 1996.
The Coming of the Night, 1998.
Momma As She Became--Not As She Was, 1968.
Tigers Wild, 1986.
complémentaire - en anglais
passages from all of Rechys published novels, the interactive
work also mines the outrageous fictions that circulate around this fascinating
literary figure who, as a gay icon, a Chicano writer from Texas, a dedicated
bodybuilder, a gifted teacher of creative writing, and the 1997 recipient
of the PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award, has long been a subject
of notoriety and fantasy.
Combining original artwork, video, archival documents, and recorded
interviews and commentaries, it lets you move through three interrelated
realms Memories, Bodies and Cruising each with its own
daring repertoire of gestural interfaces. The script and conceptual
design were developed collaboratively by John Rechy and Marsha Kinder,
and the graphics and interface design by Kristy H.A. Kang and James
Tobias, with additional artwork by Augie Robles.
OFFICIAL SELECTION at the 2001 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER of the NEW MEDIA INVISION 2000 GOLD AWARD for OVERALL DESIGN
- Interactive Frictions, University of Southern California 1999
- Contact Zones: Art of the CD-ROM, Cornell University 1999
- Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and
New Media 1999
- European Media Arts Festival 2000
- Bellaria Anno Zero Festival, 2000
- 5th International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia 2000
- Electronic Fictions, Museum of Contemporary Art, LA, CA 2000
- L.A. Freewaves 7th Festival of Experimental Media Arts 2000
- Netimage Festival 2000
- Mill Valley Film Festival 2000
- Sundance Film Festival 2001
- Art in Motion II, University of Southern California 2001
- Viper 21 International Festival for Film, Video
and New Media 2001
Mysteries and Desire: Searching the Worlds of John Rechy
by Marsha Kinder and Kristy H.A. Kang with John Rechy and James Tobias
written & produced by Marsha Kinder, in collaboration
with John Rechy
who wrote and recorded his own commentaries
interface design - Kristy H.A. Kang & James Tobias,
in consultation with William S. Hughes & Marsha Kinder
art director - Kristy H.A. Kang
- additional graphics - Sergio Ramirez, Augie Robles, James Tobias,
Raqi Syed, and Han Yi
- director of the "Cruising Realm" & the "Salvation
Zone" - James Tobias
programmer - William S. Hughes
- additional programming - Russell Burt, Rosemary Comella, Edson Gianesi
, James Tobias
videography & photography - Laurel Almerinda, William
sound design - James Tobias
- additional sound recording & editing - Russell Burt, Robert Drummond,
choreography - Peter Healey
dancers - Bogar Martinez, Michael Mizerany, John Pennington
associate producers - Alison Trope , Cristina Venegas
commentators and interviewees -Norma Jean Almodovar, John
Bates, Maureen Connell, Alfredo Jordan, Marsha Kinder, Blanche Ludwig,
John Rechy, Roberto Rechy, Carolyn See,