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Leslie Raymond
In The Garden
a taxonomy of flora and fauna from my video-loop database, 2001-present
November 2 - 22, 2007. Opening Reception Friday, November 2, 2007, 6 -9 pm 
After by Appointment

cactus bra SPACE
106 C Blue Star
San Antonio, Texas 78204

In The Garden
is a video installation made with loops mined from the image database of video artist Leslie Raymond. It is a rendition of the age-old theme of The Garden told via light and color moving on the walls of Cactus Bra Space.

"When I think it through, the database actually stretches back even farther than 2001 all the way back into the 20th century. There are so many moving images I've captured and processed, then projected onto sculptural objects, into installations, and sometimes just made into regular old single-channel videos. Eventually, and currently, I mix and project them through a VJ mixer accompanied by live music. This is called 'live cinema.' I play video imagery like notes from a musical instrument." (Raymond)

Leslie Raymond was born in Saint Paul and raised in Detroit, Raymond received her BFA in film and video from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990, and an MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 1999. She currently teaches at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she started the New Media Studio Program in the Department of Art & Art History.

Her solo and collaborative films and videos have been presented at festivals including the 50th Sydney Film Festival (Australia) dLux Media Arts "Future Perfect" screening, the Lausanne Underground Film & Video Festival (Switzerland), Loop Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemprareano (Argentina) in which her work was awarded first place in video installation.

As vjFutureWorkerGirl, Raymond has mixed video live with experimental musicians and DJs at festivals and venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, 21 Grand, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and the Soap Factory.

She and her partner Jason Jay Stevens are known as Potter-Belmar Labs, a collaborative team who have been working together in multimedia performance and installation since 1999.




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