Stackable Thumb’s “Foulmouth Rotorvations”

eight and a half minutes, stereo/color, 1998
Stackable Thumb were:
Valued Cu$tomer
Naval Cassidy

“Still emotionally troubled over the Space Shuttle disaster years ago, Naval Cassidy attempts to settle the matter with this video concerning the very crux of the trouble; the o-ring. Using a jelly ring in place of the precious part, and Valued as the Vessel, they reach a conflicted catharsis as everything gets washed down the drain.”

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.