Stackable Thumb’s “Five Stoics”

five minutes, stereo/color, 1997
Stackable Thumb were:
Valued Cu$tomer
Naval Cassidy

“This work studies the inner souls of five inanimate Proxies of Man. Nobody knows the trouble they’ve seen.”

Starting in the mid 1990s, instant cinema duo Stackable Thumb were active for about ten years during the burgeoning live video performance scene of New York City. They were known for their over-the-top shows featuring a dizzying assortment of trash as the subject for their miniature cameras. They preferred cheap electronics and spy cameras over expensive mixing consoles and other broadcast apparatus, 8 bits over 16+ sound, and vaudeville over serious “art work.” Anything could be a subject in front of Stackable Thumb’s camera. To them, absurdity was everywhere they looked. They gleefully displayed it for all to see.