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For my graduate thesis consisting of three video works, Tomb of the Known, Assume the Watch, and Saturn Devoured, it is my desire to raise awareness about something many veterans are diagnosed with, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. 

The third work Saturn Devoured is a video I made following the horrific death of one of the female soldiers I had been documenting in Tomb of the Known.  Jennifer Harris was a combat pilot.  She flew CH46 Sea Knight helicopters, the same type of aircraft that I spent numerous hours inside.  Jennifer Harris’ death was captured on video by Islamic Extremists and put on the Web days after her crash.  The propaganda video was set to a song that roughly translates “death to all Americans”, as sanctioned by “Allah” in the Koran.  (this is false...the Koran says no such thing)
Following the discovery of this video, I decided to videotape my naked upper body in green camouflage paint and green army jacket.  I stand still for a few seconds, then I frantically work to remove the paint via any means possible, scratching, licking, crying, DECREATING.

Using a chroma key filter in Final Cut Pro, I am able to use my body as a green screen.  As such, I can superimpose another video on top of myself.  In this case I am performing, and Jennifer Harris’ aircraft is crashing on top of me… She is “I” I am Saturn in Francisco Goya’s Saturn devouring one of His Sons. I am investigating DESCENT and DECREATION, as Simone Weil has theorized, for a means by which to understand grace.

In conjunctiion with this video, I will perform live, in uniform, and repeat a transcript of Jennifer Harris' final actions in an effort to save her crew and avoid being hit by a rocket propelled grenade for the duration of the performance.

TOMB OF THE KNOWN VIDEO

MCA INDOORS (REPAIRING AND CLEANING SPACE/UNIFORM)

ASSUME THE WATCH VIDEO

PROJECT PROJECTION PERFORMANCE