selected video works / film

 


 

A Postcard from the Edge (2009) is a one-minute film response to a brief of the near same title (Postcards to the Edge). The film is a close-up, visceral almost abstract collage of a cow head being chopped, sliced and hammered to relieve it of every increment of flesh. This is a quotidian ritual that can be witnessed at the Warwick Avenue junction — a formalised market in Durban, South Africa. The film is an edge … an edge of violent brutality; an edge of necessitating an existence; an edge of the third world incited by a history of colonialism. The film is a postcard to the GuthGafa Film Festival in Ireland; a sort of visual sympathy card to the shared histories of colonisation and abuse.

 


 

 
 


Pieta (2008) is a video work by Greg Streak — an interdisciplinary artist from South Africa. The work depicts a couple filmed on a train. The camera moves in and out of focus on the couple. The piece is voyeuristic- as if the intimacy between the two is being observed by the viewer. It feels like an intrusion into the private. What makes the work more compelling and adds to this sense of invasion is that the image being viewed is the reflection of the couple in the window, it is not the physical image of the couple themselves; the viewer becomes complicit in a secretive voyeurism. The work was commissioned by park4d.tv for a large outdoor digital video screen outside the Amsterdam-Zuid train Station. The backdrop to the large scale screen is the station itself and gives the work an additional resonance.

 


 

 

Fear of Shadows (2006) deals with psychological power. It is essentially a dialogue of one individual with everyone. Whoever watches the work is directly implicated in an intimate manner. It begins, on the surface as a gentle acknowledgment of generic closeness, but soon develops into a more psychological entrapment. The work on a broad level deals with the endless possibilities of interactions that occur and will occur without most of us knowing that they will. That intimacy with anyone is possible because we are unaware of the different paths that people are on and when, through a series of interventions, they might cross and become something more concrete. The work is about this, but also about a darkness that pervades with obsession. It is also a metaphor for hierarchical systems of power where a “big brother”, in whatever form, has the ability to know more than what should be permissible. The viewer is “colonised” on both a psychic and emotional level.

 


 
 


Greg Streak’s ‘Tudo Bem: Don’t worry be happy’ (2006) serves up a series of diverse images which juxtapose Brazil’s ‘Carnival Nation’ identity with footage of the city’s marginalised and disenfranchised. Shot in Belo-Horizonte at Carnival time, the film is suffused with the tropical heat and pure physicality of existence that close to the equator.

Some of the juxtapositions Streak sets up to explode this myth of a happy-go-lucky nation evoke an involuntary physical and visceral response. Two mud-smeared men dance as they move through a carnival crowd. Nearby a large homeless man, clad only in a ragged loincloth and similarly covered in dirt, stalks around, looking for all the world like a lost giant. Close crops of a bearded homeless man eating scraps are interspersed with two firm-bodied young lovers lightly embracing. Dancing feet with painted nails are contrasted with calloused, horny extremities elsewhere on the hot tarmac … The carnival beat, it appears, is more like a desperate cry.” – Paul Edmunds


 
 



 

Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Beauty and the Beasts is a documentary film by South African visual artist Greg Streak. The film is about the high levels of pollution in the South Durban Basin. The 78′ full feature documentary won a Special Mention Jury Award at the Durban International Film Festival in 2006. The film is without copyright and can be downloaded and distributed for free – only if done in its entirety. The soundtrack by Jon Chappe is copyrighted. There are 6 parts to this film.

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Am I a sweetheart? (2005)

This work is about indoctrination, media manipulation and the loss of innocence.

 


 

 


Greg Streak’s Shadow Boxing with James Gregory Streak (2003) presents the artist in conflict with himself. Entering the screen from opposing sides twin semi-transparent figures (ego and alter-ego?) fight each other in front of a face-brick wall. Flailing blows slowly swing through one another in a quietly balletic encounter, coordinating and connecting the two in a tenuous sequence of cause and effect. Apparently a blow hits home and one figure falls, immobilised, against the wall whilst the other continues his punching into thin air. The fallen figure appears to recover, composes himself and, passing through the other, walks off leaving a still fighting self to continue in aa potentially interminable battle of poignant inconclusion. – Virginia Mackenny