KWALHIA SELECTION : A SIRIUS TRANS/MISSIONS
An invitation from one stranger to another to open up about their very first car. A sighting of a witch, and a chair to sit in. Opacity is a short video honoring the cryptic and restrained, using obscure symbolism, narrative distance, and an unresolved journey into a hallucinogenic netherworld. The latest short by Michael Mersereau explores semi-biographical events blended with an atmospheric narrative in otherworldly landscapes.
Michael Mersereau (b. 1977) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California and Montréal, Canada. He uses the boundaries of genre in cinema and television, such as horror, suspense, and soap operas, to create experimental sound, video, performance, and installation works that elevate particular production elements to create absurd and uncanny worlds. Mersereau’s work has been internationally exhibited at institutions and galleries such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, The Diego Rivera Anahuacali Museum, Eastern Bloc in Montréal, Wassaic Project in New York, Artists' Television Access in San Francisco, and Les Territoires Gallery in Montréal. His video works have been screened at Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Toronto Underground Film Festival, Fagelbo Film Festival, and at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark, amongst numerous other film festivals and galleries. As a composer and experimental musician, his collaborations have been premiered at the Activation Series of Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, The Lab with Jeanie Aprille Tang, Galerie B312 in Montréal for Thomas Begin, Mills College Art Museum with choreographer and dancer Molissa Fenley, and Hexagram, Montreal with CCRMA, Stanford University. Mersereau is faculty at Mills College, where he teaches in the Music Department and consults on projects for the Mills College Art Museum. Mersereau holds an MFA from Mills College and BFA from California College of the Arts.