Art Uncovered -- Jesse Hulcher

Premiere DateJul 12, 2011
00:00 Thomas Intro
01:56 All Over Again Jay Reatard
03:53 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 1
06:19 A Boring Life Slits
09:06 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 2
11:27 Talking to the Dog Obits
14:04 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 3
17:36 Who Are Parents Jesse Hulcher & The Shaggs
20:13 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 4
22:53 Beat on the Brat Jesse Hulcher & The Ramones
25:02 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 5
28:10 Girls With Glasses Partyline
30:14 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 6
32:55 Sure Shot Polvo
36:06 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 7
40:32 Weather Radio Pylon
42:40 Jesse Hulcher Interview pt. 8
46:47 Teenage Lobotomy Jesse Hulcher & The Ramones
53:18 Finish

Web Presence

I first came across the work of this week’s guest,  Jesse Hulcher,  at Interstate Projects here in Brooklyn, where he had a video piece involving the film Jurassic Park.  Apparently, the newest version of iMovie –Apple’s popular video editing software — has a preset called Jurassic Park trailer that is  supposed to take home video footage and transform it into a blockbuster trailer complete with music, quick cuts and all the rest. So, for his piece, Jesse followed the program’s instructions. But, instead of using home movies,  he took clips from the  Jurassic Park film to see how well the software could assemble the footage from the movie it claimed to mimic. You can see the results HERE.

Some of his other projects involve pairing up the Novel War and Peace with Microsoft Word’s “auto-summarize feature, or applying auto-tune software to the notoriously off-key band The Shaggs.

Beyond the usually hilarious and absurd results that these experiments produce, Jesse’s work makes us wonder about how software tools shape our thinking and creativity, and what it says about us that these these tools are even created in the first place.

In addition to these software experiments and his remixes involving bands like the Shaggs and the Ramones, Jesse’s work explores technology more broadly, utilizing on-line tools  like Gmail, message boards and html code itself,  to examine the many ways our daily lives and emotions are represented in both virtual and physical space.

I met with Jesse at his apartment in Brooklyn to talk about his work, his online collaboration with someone named Pony Eyelashes, the time that he received and early morning phone call from the vice president of CompUSA.


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Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…