The Invisible Bully at LACDA / by Jesse Russell Brooks

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Los Angeles, California - During the winter of 2017 filmmaker and media artist Jesse Russell Brooks conducted several stage and experimental video workshops focusing on inner dialogue, rumination and self-criticism. The Invisible Bully is the first installation created from this two week lab.

Inspired by Dutch philosopher and psychologist Hubert Hermans, The Invisible Bully explores a series of performances designed to visualize a theoretic concept known as The Dialogical Self. This theory describes the mind's ability to imagine different positions, and often participants in an internal dialogue that can be productive for some, and negative for others. The video installation juxtaposes demoded and technologically advanced modes of visual, written and oral language along side Hermans' ideas regarding inner dialogue.

The Invisible Bully is a one channel, time based media installation with a duration of 50-minute (on loop). The piece is divided into 3 sections with the first examining self-criticism as inner dialogue. This is followed by a performance exploring rumination and the closing act explores observation.

The project seeks to inspire audiences to observe negative thoughts as one would a calm breeze.
— Jesse Russell Brooks

The concept of self usually refers to something “internal,” something that takes place within the mind of the individual, while dialogue is typically associated with something “external,” that is, processes that take place between people involved in communication. As The Invisible Bully will show, there is not always a sharp separation between the inside of ones self and the external world, but rather a purposeful gradation.

The Invisible Bully will be on display at The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art from April 19, 2017 through May 13, 2017.

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
Curated by Rex Bruce

Opening night reception on Saturday April 22, 2017 6pm - 9pm.
Food and beverages served. Attendance is Free.