Annenburg Center for Communication, University of South California, 2002
Writing and production:
Marsha Kinder in collaboration with John Rechy
Interface design: Kristy H.A.
Kang & James Tobias, in consultation with William S. Hughes &
Art director : Kristy H.A. Kang
Videography & photography:
Laurel Almerinda, William S. Hughes
Sound design :James Tobias
Programming: William S. Hughes
Executive producer : Marsha
Associated producers: Alison
Trope , Cristina Venegas
A co-production of The Labyrinth Project and the Center for Art
and Media ZKM. Annenburg
Center for Communication, University of South California, 2000
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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
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.
SEARCHING THE WORLDS OF JOHN RECHY
the borders between autobiography, memory, history and fiction, this interactive
memoir presents a diverse array of personal materials by and about John
Rechy, a Chicano writer from Texas, and sets them against larger collective
histories of Chicano culture and the gay world.
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
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,