Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 - October 7, 2018.
This project presented with Untitled Art Society
Roggenbuck’s videos, often set in nature, are recorded almost exclusively from “the selfie position,” where the artist holds the camera themself. Most of the videos are improvised, then edited into a stream of jump-cuts, sometimes over music or with superimposed images or green-screened backgrounds. They try to pack them with humor and surprise, never explaining what is going on but throwing the viewer into a series of bizarre scenes, and then occasionally interrupting the humor with moments of blunt sincerity. Roggenbuck’s hope is that the result is a playful, fast-moving, passionate adaption of poetry into a Youtube-inspired form.
Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet and video artist whose work has explored the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. He is most known for his Youtube videos, which have accumulated over 1.5 million views online and were featured in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial in New York City, the Oslo Poesifilm Festival in Norway, and Rowing Gallery in London. His work has been covered by the New York Times, ARTnews, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, Gawker, and The New Yorker. He has published six collections of writing and performed his poetry at over 300 events in ten countries and all 50 United States. He is the founder of Boost House, a poetry publisher in the United States, and several podcasts. He is currently studying premedical science and organizing with the International Socialist Organization in Syracuse, New York.